Fishing for pike is one of the greatest joys that an angler can have. They are tough, aggressive, physical fish who are at the top of their food chain and they are known to put up a great fight. Pikes are Holarctic meaning that they can be found in most areas around the globe.
They eat almost anything they can find and as a result grow pretty big due to their voracious appetite. It is fairly common to catch pike that weigh close to 10lbs. They have a unique body shape which distinguishes them from other fish (although muskies bear a close resemblance) and their name is derived from a pole like weapon called a pike which was used in the middle ages.
Pike fishing is often hard to do, given their enigmatic nature. Many people have caught a pike, but not very many know how to fish for pike. In fact, a pike being caught is usually the byproduct of trying to catch a different type of fish altogether. There are a few techniques that work well when it comes to catching a pike, but perhaps the most important aspect of pike fishing is the type of lure that is being used. Below are several pike lures that will help flush out that elusive creature.
Original Dardevle Spoon
The first lure recommended is the Original Dardevle Spoon. It is almost considered pure science that pikes love to attack spoons, and the Dardevle spoons offer them something they cannot resist. Spoon bait is essentially a curved piece of metal with a flat edge that resembles a spoon and it wobbles as it is pulled through the water. They are available in a variety of colors and sizes.
Next on the list is the Rat-L-Trap. This bait works extremely well as the dual frequency rattle chamber imitates the all too enticing sound of a school of minnows. Scientific research suggests a strong similarity between an actual baitfish and the Rat-L-Trap making this bait one of the best pike lures. It has a tight wobble that they can’t resist.
Bomber Long A
The third lure recommended is the Bomber Long A. This bait features a tight wobbling action when it is both trolled or cast and has a high audible rattle. The lifelike swimming motion and loud noise ensure the pike will come to investigate making this one of the top pike lures. The Bomber Long A measures 4 1/2” is available in a wide range of colors, and the average price is $6.19.
Booyah Pikee Spinnerbait
Booyah Pikee Spinnerbait takes the next spot on the list as it is the original spinnerbait on steroids. Pike can devour regular spinnerbaits, so this little guy is amped up with Vibra-FLX wire frame rebuffs powerful jaws and teeth and is ready to do battle with the toughest pike. Colors available include red craw, shad, midnight, glowtreuse, perch, and sunfish.
Rapala Jointed 13
The Rapala Jointed 13 is another featured bait. Rapala baits have always had a reputation of having hard to ignore action. Even the most sluggish pike will muster up enough energy to come and scrutinize this bait. This is one of the legendary baits that anglers turn to when they are serious about catching pike throughout the day. The Rapala Jointed 13 average price is $8.99.
Heddon Rattle Spook
Another one of the great pike fishing lures is the Heddon Rattle Spook. This bait emulates a dying fish on the surface of the water. Its large eyes and realistic colors give it that authentic look as it emits a loud commotion that grabs the attention of any nearby pike. Its open mouth shoots out water just like a real fish world which adds even more to the striking realism that this bait has. It measures 5 7/8”, weighs 1oz, and comes in blue shad, okie shad, baby bass, ghost, and bull frog.
Suick 9″ Muskie Thriller
Considered by many to be one of the best pike lures, the Suick 9″ Muskie Thriller has been a favorite of many anglers for over 50 years. These thrillers offer a rock solid body ensuring that they can withstand the heaviest of hits. Colors available include sucker, black, red head/silver, perch, firetiger, and chartreuse bandit.
Mepps BD5TSBLP-W Double Blade Aglia
One of the most tried-and-true baits out there is the Mepps BD5TSBLP-W Double Blade Aglia. One of the best lures for pike, this bait features a dual blade which increases the blade color intensity as it spins through the water. The dual blade also makes a sound much more different than that of a single bladed spinner. Additionally, this bait is easier to use in weeded areas and other various obstacles. Gold blades are made from polished brass, copper blades are copper plated, platinum blades are coated with tough finish, and silver blades are genuine silver which creates a nice bright white flash underwater. Colors available include silver white, red white/white, gold yellow, silver blue, hot firetiger, hot orange black/black, hot chartreuse/pink, hot chartreuse/black, hot charteuse/orange chartreuse, rainbow trout white, gold red, and copper black.
Mepps Syclops Spoons
Another angler favorite is the Mepps Syclops Spoons, Size 3. Although this bait caters to a wide range of fish, pike cannot seem to get enough of this bait and love to strike it whenever they get the chance. It’s great for trolling and measures from 1 1/2” to 3 1/2”. Colors available include silver, gold, blue, firetiger, hot pink, hot chartreuse, rainbow trout, and hot orange. The average price of the Mepps Syclops Spoon is $3.49.
Northland Fishing Tackle Bionic Bucktail Jig
The last lure recommended is the Northland Fishing Tackle Bionic Bucktail Jig. This bait works well in both open water and heavy cover. Its hand-tied bucktail skirt throbs beneath magnum blades as it imitates favorite meals of the pike that it cannot resist. Available in white cisco, yellow perch, black sucker, walleye, firetiger, blackbird, and sunrise.