fishing for pike in canada
I've fished God's Lake (1978!) and more recently the English River system near Ear Falls Ont. Red eye spoons were the ticket.... but to tell you the truth....an aluminum can with treble hooks could have worked well. The northern fishing was nuts!
where exactly are you going ?? Im a guide on Gods lake in Manitoba. I guide guests and fish for big pike and i suggest 30lbs braid minimum and big spoons and top waters and bucktail spinners. but it depends on where yu go but they should be shallow still.
With pike, go with what many call cheater lures... Lipless crank baits/ rattle traps. Have a range of sizes from 1/2 to 1 ounce. Even a 1 1/2 ounce larger trap is sometimes crazy effective.
I also echo using spoons. 3/4 ounce to 1.5 ounces.
I also love big stick baits like x-rap 12.
another question on the northerns is to you want to have to battle the fish or just be able to horse them in.
I would use a 10lb diameter superline ( i like fireline).
I don't bother with a leader...that heavy of line won't get snapped or cut.
i like safety pin style spinner baits....you can work those through the thickest weeds.
spoons are good too.
I also really like zip lures...the bigger the better. work those and in deeper water and you will catch both northerns and walleyes.