Lake Windermere Northern Pike Fishing
The lake is 20 miles long with 133 miles of shoreline, which adds up to 10,000 acres of prime Northern Pike habitat. Lake Windermere has Northern Pike in all size ranges. With the wide variety of habitat and drop-offs, you may get lucky and catch THE BIG ONE! On a regular basis, our guest catch several 40" or above pike every year .
Northern Pike are not only found in the weedy bays. Lake Windermere has over 120 islands dotting the lake with multiple areas, which are deep. Deep water produces more baitfish such as Lake Herring, Whitefish, Cisco and Lake Trout. It is quite common for guests to be out fishing around the islands for Walleye and Smallmouth Bass and run into massive Northern Pike that hide along drop-offs waiting to ambush prey. Weedy bays are a traditional area for Pike but the big Monster Northerns just don't find enough food in the back bays most of the time and head out to open water where they find more food and bigger food. Mind you, the big Pike do go into the shallow back bays to sun themselves in early spring but generally during the summer they are out hunting all over. Realistically, no-matter where you fish in Lake Windermere, you have a good chance of getting a trophy Pike on your line whether you fish for them or not. They hit every lure and if you have a steel leader on your line, you will have no problems.
Pike are common in all sizes. You just never know what you are going to catch. Guests do have a great chance at catching a few Northern Pike up in the 35 to 40-inch range and then some guests are lucky and pull in 25 pounders, which can be close to 50 inches. There are even bigger Pike down deep feeding on Lake Trout but those fish are never seen. Guests do catch 20-pound trout with their tails bitten off so we know the monsters are down there. If you concentrate in the weedy back bays, you can catch small to medium size Pike in any afternoon. You will catch big ones in the back bays but if you specifically want a trophy Northern, you should concentrate on areas where Walleyes and other bigger fish are migrating or congregating.
Promoted Northern Pike Regulations:Open Season: Open all year
Limit - Conservation License: 2 in your possession
Limit - Sport License: 6 in your possession
Promoted Size Restrictions: We promote any Northern Pike above 24 inches be returned to the water. However, It is mandatory that all Northern Pike 26 inches and above be returned to the water.
It pays to stay at Happy Day Lodge! $3500 Fishing Contest (Walleye, Smallmouth Bass and Northern Pike) - Each week that you stay at Happy Day Lodge you have a chance to win a gift certificate. The certificates are given out to the person that catches and releases the largest Walleye, largest Smallmouth Bass, and Largest Pike for that week. In addition, all winners per week are entered into the final drawing to win an even larger gift certificate which will be drawn on Nov. 31st. Ask for complete details and rules.
Catch and release, your stories only get bigger!
Northern Pike Gallery 1
Northern Pike Gallery 2
Northern Pike Fishing Tips & techiques
How to Clean Pike