Few sport fish will inspire tales like the great northern pike and Esnagi’s lunker northerns are legendary. Big waters produce big fish. Expansive weedbeds, deep main-lake basins, a large forage base and widely practiced catch & release have allowed an excellent pike fishery to flourish.
Although many northerns are caught incidentally by walleye fishermen, the largest pike are taken using casting techniques and tackle specifically thrown at pike. Esnagi Lake’s countless rocky points, island saddles, shoals and weed beds provide great areas for casting your favourite large spoons, plugs, buzz baits, and crank baits. In addition to casting, many northerns are caught trolling the lake’s various structures. Since pike will never pass up a minnow presentation, bait rigs and float fishing are also successful approaches to pike fishing on Esnagi. These fish are very aggressive, pound your baits with abandon and test both your skills and gear to the limit.
Several fish over 40″ are caught by Mar Mac anglers each season. We encourage all fishermen to take a photo of their trophy and release it quickly ensuring the quality of Esnagi’s fishery. It’s not uncommon to catch many pike in the 34- 44 inch range. Some of our lucky fishermen have even caught specimens up to 47 inches long!
Our Mar Mac team members and fishing guides will be pleased to suggest hotspots to you. Comfortable and reliable boats, experienced guides, and delicious shore lunches will make your pike fishing adventure on Esnagi both successful and memorable.
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For more information on Catch Possession and Size limits visit www.ontario.ca/travel-and-recreation/fishing-limits-size-restrictions-and-catch-and-release
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