Northern pike

Hard-fighting, Fast-action, Aggressive Fishing Experience

Nick-named “water wolf,” the aggressive northern pike is an exhilarating catch for the fisherman who enjoys hard fights and fast action.

Our lake produces an abundance of pike over 34", which we consider trophy-sized fish, as well as numerous fish over 40" caught and released each season.

Big Sandy Lake has also produced a line-class world record northern pike measuring 53 ¾ inches.

START PLANNING YOUR TRIP

Whether you’re a lifelong angler or a beginner fisherman,

looking to catch an abundance of fish or the trophy of a lifetime,

Pine Cliff Lodge is the place for your next fishing adventure.

I hunt and fish all over the world and this is by far the best trip for the money. Ten-pound pike are extremely common (daily) and we have caught several over 40" (20-pound plus). They have absolutely the best boats I have ever seen at a Canadian fishing lodge. Very clean and comfortable cabins. My highest recommendations for them. You will not find anything even close to Pine Cliff Lodge for the money and I am a tightwad!"

– Roy Steele, Denver CO

[Pictured: Sarah Steele, Roy's daughter]

SPRING NORTHERN PIKE FISHING: Late May - Mid June


We’ll give you all of our expert knowledge in detail upon your arrival. But for now, here are some of the highlights:

  • Ice-out typically occurs the 2nd week of May
  • Fishing season begins the 3rd Saturday in May
  • In the spring, Pike feed on smelt near the surface, so they will strike white and silver lures
  • Most pike are caught in less than 3 feet of water in the spring, feeding on spawning suckers in creek inlets and in the river
  • Some of the highest numbers of trophy fish are caught in the first three weeks of the fishing season
  • This is a great time for fly fishermen!
Late May - High 67° F | Low 44° F Early June - High 70° F | Low 48° F Due to the shallow fishing this time of year, bring lures that will not hang-up on the bottom. Make sure to bring some top-water lures with white or silver bottoms to imitate the smelt. Our favorite lure color is white, but fire tiger, fluorescent orange, chartreuse, blue, silver and gold all work well.
  • Bunny leech flies
  • Rabbit strip flies
  • Mepps in-line spinner baits
  • Johnson Silver Minnow weedless spoons
  • Floating stick baits (like Rapala #18)
  • Square Bill Crankbaits
  • Texas-rigged soft plastics (3" to 5" flukes or grubs)
  • Wire Leaders (6” to 12” length. 20# to 30# test)
If you forget something, we’ve got you covered with our on-site tackle shop!




SUMMER NORTHERN PIKE FISHING: Mid June - Mid August


Late May High 67° F Low 44° F Early June High 70° F Low 48° F




FALL NORTHERN PIKE FISHING: Mid August - September


Due to the shallow fishing this time of year, bring lures that will not hang-up on the bottom. Make sure to bring some top-water lures with white or silver bottoms to imitate the smelt. Our favorite lure color is white, but fire tiger, fluorescent orange, chartreuse, blue, silver and gold all work well.

  • Bunny leech flies
  • Rabbit strip flies
  • Mepps in-line spinner baits
  • Johnson Silver Minnow weedless spoons
  • Floating stick baits (like Rapala #18)
  • Square Bill Crankbaits
  • Texas-rigged soft plastics (3" to 5" flukes or grubs)
  • Wire Leaders (6” to 12” length. 20# to 30# test)
If you forget something, we’ve got you covered with our on-site tackle shop!





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PINE CLIFF LODGE

Pine Cliff Lodge is the only lodge located on 10,000 acre Big Sandy Lake. With no other commercial access, anglers often feel they have the entire lake to themselves.

A premier Canadian fishing lodge for outdoor enthusiasts, Pine Cliff Lodge offers a remote, world-class fishing experience.

CONTACT

Summer Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 268
Dryden, Ontario Canada
P8N 2Y8

Winter Mailing Address:

Derek and Kara Zimmerman

774 Elmwood Drive

Abilene, TX 79605

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