The best Canadian Northern Pike fishing change with the season. Manitoba’s Cobham River Lodge season opens in early June and runs through late August. Because of our short northern pike fishing season, our trophy northern pike fishing patterns change throughout the Manitoba fishing season.
At the beginning of our northern pike fishing season, the ice begins to break up in May, offering mother nature a chance to warm our fringed Canadian waters. This, in turn, brings life to our Manitoba bays as warmer water brings smaller fish to feed. In turn, the larger northern pike also begins to feed in the shallows of our Manitoba bays.
As our Canadian waters warm, the cabbage weeds begin to grow, and by mid-June, the shallows (60 – 121 cm, 2 – 4 ft.) of our Manitoba bays start to fill with larger female northern pike to feed after the May spawn. As the northern pike moves into the shallows, the smaller fish begin to move out, and so begins the seasonal movement of the Canadian northern pike.
As the smaller fish begin to move, by early July, bigger northern pike also moves. The cabbage weeds have now spread deeper the giant female northern pike are also seeking deeper, cooler waters as they await their prey at the bottom edge of the weed line in 121 – 143 cm (4 – 8 ft.).
By mid-July, trophy northern pike begin to spread throughout our Manitoba river system to the drop-offs along rocky Canadian shoreline, weedy points, deep river channels, and sheltered Manitoba bays that offer drop points with shaded water to give northern pike the cover needed as they hunt for prey.
Early August is upon us, and the warmer weather pushes our trophy northern pike even deeper along the weed lines (182 – 365 cm, 6 – 12 ft.). As the warmer climate raises the temperature of our Canadian waters, the northern pike becomes less aggressive and somewhat lazy during this period. Smaller fish are still in the shallows, and we look for these pockets to entice a larger northern pike to strike.
Towards the end of August, the trophy northern pike is back into the shallows to feed on small fish and anything else dropped in their path. But, as in mid-September the water turns, the feeding frenzy is over, as winter is just around the corner.