pike fishing 

Late May – Mid June


We’ll give you all of our expert knowledge in detail upon your arrival. But for now, here’s a snapshot:

  • Ice-out typically occurs the 2nd week of May
  • Fishing season begins the 3rd Saturday in May
  • Some of the highest numbers of trophy fish are caught in the first three weeks of the fishing season
  • Most pike are caught in less than 3 feet of water, feeding on spawning suckers in creek inlets and in the river
  • In the spring, Pike feed on smelt near the surface, so they will strike white and silver lures
  • 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!


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.


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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