The best northern pike fishing of the summer usually occurs during the months of July and August on the Whitefish Chain. The Whitefish Chain has several large sections of deep water which excede100+ feet depths. These are perfect conditions for deepwater forage like ciscoes and whitefish. Brainerd fishing guides pay close attention to their depth finders when running across the lake. Large schools of ciscoes will suspended 25 to 35 feet below the surface in 60 to 100 feet of water. Key contact points are any deep water structures which extend well into the lake. Northern pike will seek out these locations to ambush bait schools. The wandering schools of baitfish will bump into these structures and then follow them. The best ambush locations are the inside corners and points of these large main lake structures. Don't waste time fishing locations where fish don't appear on the depth finder. Life is short. The pike are either present or not. Keep locations with high bait numbers stored away in your head. Every fishing guide worth his salt knows the pike will show up to these spots eventually. My favorite pike bait is a 4-5 creek chub. The best method is lindy rigging. Use a three foot 20 lbs test snell with a number 1/0 hook. Lower the bait the bottom and then bring it up 4 to 7 feet. The creek chub will let you know when a big pike is present. Northern pike will always feed up in deep water. The strikes can be softer than one would expect in deep water. Sometimes all you will see is the tip of the fishing rod starting to bend. Lower the rod when this happens and count to three slowly. Then set the hook as hard as you can and hold on tight. Life is Good! This is northern fishing on the Whitefish Chain at its finest.
Whitefish Northern Guides:
Our Brainerd fishing guides have years of experience, great personalities, and the skills necessary to put your group on fish. Brainerd Guide Service will supply everything necessary for a great day of northern pike fishing on the Whitefish Chain. We can pick you up from the dock, hotel, or resort. Give us a call. We have been the number one ranked Whitefish fishing charter for the last twenty+ years.