Eagle Lake Northern Pike Fishing:
Northern Pike fishing is awesome on Eagle Lake, especially in the area that Fin & Feather is located. With 400 miles of shoreline weaving in-and-out of hundreds of weedy bays, the Pike opportunities are limitless.
If you take a typical bay on Eagle Lake, you can go to the back of the bay and find big leafy Muskie Cabbage, Lily Pads, Bulrushes and many other kinds of weeds. In this cabbage will be all kinds of Northern Pike in the 2 to 7-pound range. If anything, there is an overpopulation of Pike and they take control of the bays. As you move to the rocky points leading into the bays, you start running into Walleyes and feeding on those Walleyes are the big Trophy Northerns.
On Eagle Lake, Northern Pike are most common in the 2 to 5 pound range. If you concentrate on the weed beds and the back of bays, you could catch between 20 and 40 Pike in a day. Then there are other days when they are feeding like crazy and it seems you have caught a lot more. Generally smaller Pike stay in the back of bays. If you sacrifice numbers and concentrate on areas where the big Pike feed like the points leading into bays, you should get into some pike in the 30 to 40-inch range but expect less of them.
Big Northern Pike spend too much energy chasing minnows and aquatic insects. They need to maintain their weight by eating Walleyes, bass and other Pike. Since they have an endless banquette of food, it's a lot more common for Pike to get big in Eagle Lake than other lakes in the north. Every week guests come into camp with stories of catching Northern Pike in the 40 to 50-inch range. The reality is that even though guests have caught Pike up-to and over 50 inches, it's rare for Pike to get bigger than 42 inches. Eagle Lake is a big lake and can be assured that there are lots of Pike that are over 45 inches.
The reason for the fantastic number of Pike and the increased availability of Trophy Northern Pike is do to conservation. There is a slot limit in Northern Ontario. All Pike between 27.5 inches and 34.4 inches need to be released right away. Only one Pike over 34.4 inches can be kept. Realistically, you should not keep any Pike over 27 inches. If you catch a big Trophy Northern and want it mounted, please take some pictures and then let the fish go. You can get a replica mount, which will be an exact replica of your fish.