Best and Worst Pike lures
1.Berkely flat back shad or MC 5 inch swim bait with owner 1/2 oz jighead or 3/4 depending on deoth of water.Pick your color pike dont give a damn
2. Storm wildeye swim shad 4-6 inch, pick your color Pike dont give a rip
3. White Terminator spinnerbait gold num 5 colorado 1/2 oz beveled- awesome
The best pike baits have a single hook...Johnsons silver minnow, hollow belly swimbaits, spinnerbaits, big swim jigs, etc.
The worst pike baits have multiple treble hooks....I don't care how many fish they draw.
Reach with any spinnerbait. Get the greatest that you can manage on the tackle you have. Chartreuse is a solid color, but they'll hit anything - IF you know there are some decent pike in the waters you are fishing. Just know this, if you get a pike on a spinnerbait, the odds are pretty satisfying that it's going screw up that bait big time!
Any plugs are good as well. One of my all-time favorites is the Swim Wizz. These plugs, made in a 6" size, should be manageable on spinning equipment. They are explosive pike lures.
I find myself using different lures more than others every year. I always have certain staple baits like certain cranks and spinners but new lures to the market, different versions of lures I have, or lures I have used in the past but fell away from using them and then start again. My big one this year is plastics. Different jerks and straight baits I can Texas rig and use weightless have been my biggest producer. 75% of my fish have come on plastic this year which is really high. Most years it's maybe 25% for me. I think part of it is less active fish from being so cool at night. Before that we had all kinds of rain too.
warmer months I go bladed...spinnerbaits or inline spinners. Inline spinners I make myself (5 to 7" long) and usually a #5 to #7 sized Colorado blade. Not a lot of options most Mepps are too small and Musky size inlines tend to be too big, so I build my own I could achieve various color patterns as some work better than others depending on the day and conditions. i tend to stick with more natural baitfish colors
colder months..late fall, early winter, winter, early spring, spring I tend to use floating or suspending stick baits in the 4" to 7" range. The colder the temps the slower I work them. Sometimes chromed flashy lures work better sometimes muted whites and pearls work better. Swim baits are good for colder months also, again stick with baitfish colors....
Now go get yourself some pike and always use appropriate leader for the fishes benefit.