Best and Worst Pike lures
The thing that bugs me most is when I watch fishing shows out of Canada and they rave about some lure or another. I think to myself, "Try that one around here and let's see if you get the same results."
I think topwaters are under rated myself. There are times those can work like crazy.
The nice thing about pike is that they'll hit pretty much anything when they are in the right mood.
I also caught smallies in the slop, during that same late august timeperiod, at wind lake of all places. I don't see too many smllies out there, much less in a ft of water around slop. Needless to say, I was very surprised as well.
For pike, i really like a Johnson silver minnow (1/2-3/4oz, silver or gold) tipped with either a 4"grub or a 4-5" curlytail plastic worm, I only use white and yellow for the trailers. Swimbaits are also killers for pike as are deep diving cranks (I get a lot of accidentals while bass fishing). Generally I don't like to use baits with multiple trebles, it just makes for a potential mess while unhooking. Jerk baits are great, but there's just too many hooks for my liking. I much prefer single hook lures for many reasons. They love big muskie jigs as well and they can also be fished anywhere from deep, deep water bottom bouncing to swimming it through weedbeds and even slop. Of course spinnerbaits are super effective as well.
bad pike baits i can't think of any in certain conditions i think almost every lure can work.
One lure I do not do well on: The spoon. Sure, it works in Canada. But, doesn't work for me around here. That I can tell you.