Welcome to Cobham River Lodge: The Premier Destination for the Best Northern Pike Fishing in Canada

Discover the Magic of Cobham River Lodge

Nestled in the pristine wilderness of Canada, Cobham River Lodge is a haven for fishing enthusiasts. Recognized as the best Northern Pike fishing in Canada, our lodge offers an experience that is both thrilling and serene. Our waters are teeming with Northern Pike, a majestic fish known for its size and fighting spirit.

The Unique Experience of Catching a Giant Northern Pike

What sets our lodge apart is the unparalleled experience of catching a Northern Pike that’s not just large, but also rich in history. Imagine the adrenaline rush as you reel in a 33-year-old Pike, a magnificent creature that measures a staggering 49-½ inches and weighs 32 lb. Every catch tells a story, a testament to the rich biodiversity of our waters and the unforgettable memories you’ll create here.

Our Unwavering Commitment to Sustainable Fishing

At Cobham River Lodge, we believe in harmony with nature. Our sustainability efforts, spanning over four decades, reflect our commitment to conservation. We’ve implemented practices that not only ensure the well-being of the fish but also preserve the natural beauty of our surroundings. These efforts have led to the growth of some of the biggest Pike in Canada, making our lodge a beacon for sustainable fishing practices.

Award-Winning Excellence in Northern Pike Fishing

Our dedication to providing the best Northern Pike fishing experience in Canada has been recognized far and wide. Each year, numerous guests achieve the prestigious Manitoba Master Angler award, a reflection of the exceptional fishing experience we offer. This award is not just a badge of honor but a testament to our commitment to excellence, making us a top destination for anglers from around the globe.

Embark on the Ultimate Fishing Adventure

Cobham River Lodge is more than just a fishing spot; it’s a journey into the heart of Canada’s wilderness. As you navigate our waters, you’ll be surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, from dense forests to serene lakes. Our experienced guides, equipped with local knowledge, will ensure you have the best chance of making a big catch. So, whether you’re a seasoned angler or a newbie, we promise an adventure that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.

Best Northern Pike Fishing in Canada

Best Northern Pike fishing in Canada

Join our waiting list!

Can’t make it happen this year, join our waiting list and get the date and trophy you’re after next year.

When you compare other fly-in fishing lodges, you’ll be hard-pressed to hear them mention a waiting list or that they are sold out. The reason is simple; we have the best Northern Pike fishing in Canada. While other Canada fishing lodges have up to 18 boats firing off the dock each morning, we limit our 76,000 acres to 5 or 6 boats. The result is the best Northern Pike fishing in Canada, but only for a few. After 45 years in business, this has resulted in “Sold out” and “Join our waiting list” being commonplace.

Get on the list and be one of the boats going out next year. We’d love to meet you and your group.

Trophy Northern Pike Fishing
Seasonal Patterns

What sets the stage to make June the best Northern Pike fishing in Canada? Three factors:

  1. First, when was the ice out?
  2. What are the water temperatures?
  3. High/Low weather fronts?

In early June, Canadian northern pike fishing is generally in the back shallows of the bays.  Canada fishermen will find trophy northern pike enjoying the warmer waters in the shallow 24 – 45cm (8 – 18 inches) waters.  It is common to see three or more trophy-sized northern pike in the same clear water bay in early-mid June as cabbage weed growth is still minimal.

Water temperatures and cabbage weeds in our Canada bays rise as we move through June.  As the weed line moves, the northern pike fishing changes from the shallow Manitoba bays to the deeper weed line depth (60 – 121 cm, 2 – 4 ft.).  Mid to late June, northern Pike males are more active and can be caught almost anywhere on anything in the system.

As we transition into July, so do the northern pike fishing locations.  July brings full weed beds with cabbage patches throughout our Canada river system.  This growth expands the northern pike hunting grounds as the northern pike moves between weed beds, taking up different positions along the weed edge lines to find an ambush point for its next meal.

Larger pike is usually found along the weed edge lines where the river narrows, forcing smaller fish to funnel in front of the trophy northern pike.  Drop-offs and rocky reefs are also northern pike havens this time of year, as they provide easy cover while waiting for their prey.

In early August, northern pike fishing trends hold the same July trend.  Northern pike moves between weed beds in 121 – 143 cm (4 – 8 ft.) of water.  Weed beds are in total growth, with northern pike fishermen mainly throwing weedless spoons in August.  In a warmer season, larger female northern pike can be found in the depth of the deeper weed lines (182 – 365 cm, 6 – 12 ft.).  Northern pike fishermen use heavier spoons and slowly reel in, trying to entice these monster northern pike.

Later in August, the water begins to cool rapidly as the Canadian fall color season is upon us.  Our Canada bays start to see their weed lines recede, causing our northern pike to leave the bays for rocky points and shorelines.  Because of the temperature change in the water, northern pike fishing picks up to mid-June levels as northern pike are putting on their winter weight.  Because of the winter feeding frenzy, fishermen have caught some of our biggest trophy northern pike making August the best Northern Pike fishing in Canada.

Northern Pike (Esox Lucius)

Best Northern Pike fishing in Canada
Northern Pike are the top predator on the Cobham River, while being a very aggressive voracious eater that will attack almost anything that gets too close including ducklings and other pike one-third to a half their size.

Northern pike on the Cobham River tends to spawn in April or May (when water temperature first reaches about 9 °C (48 °F)). Shallow Bays are a favorite spawn location for Northern Pike, where the temperatures are warmer, and the vegetation is plentiful for fertilized eggs to attach. Northern pike is capable of breeding at two years of age and tends to lay a large number of eggs (8,500 eggs per pound, in other words, a 10-pound northern pike will lay on average 85,000 eggs this spring).

Within 16 days, the eggs hatch into larvae which live off their egg sacks until they develop to the point where they can feed themselves, at which time larvae are called fry. The fry will start swimming and feeding on planktonic while developing scales and fins; once working fins have developed, the fry has transitioned to a juvenile, otherwise known as a fingerling. The juvenile stage lasts until they start to interact with other adult fish.

The primary factors that allow Northern Pike to grow into a full-sized monster pike are our food supply and water quality. We built Cobham River Lodge on the Cobham because having two river systems (Cobham and Paulson) together provides our Northern Pike an endless supply of Walleye, Perch, White Fish, and Burbot to feed on. In addition, both river systems pass within 1 mile of our dock, which provides the most current and cleanest water.

The two river systems feed into our untouched 76,000 acres, private only to Cobham River Lodge northern pike fishermen. Unlike the warmer southern waters where the average life span of a northern pike is 10 to 12 years, the cold clear Northern Canada waters on the Cobham River allow the northern pike life span to exceed 30 years.

In summary, it’s simple; the fish need excellent conditions to allow the time to grow to the monster northern pike size we are accustomed to at Cobham River Lodge. Therefore, all northern pike at Cobham River Lodge must be released. In addition to protecting our large egg-laying northern pike, Canadian Natural Resources have proven that larger females’ offspring are genetically advantageous to smaller fish’s offspring making Cobham River Lodge the best Northern Pike fishing in Canada.

This means our fry and juvenile pike will have lower mortality rates and longer life spans and grow faster than those found in other waters without the natural foundation that the Cobham River and Paulson River provide to our fishermen.