pike fishing 

Mid August – September

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

  • Large northerns move from deep, cold waters into six to 15-feet weed beds to stock up on food for the winter

  • Big pike feed on smaller pike and smallmouth, chasing them into the deep water

  • Great time to catch large, 40+ inch fish!

  • Frequent north winds and south/southeast winds push majority of large pike into weedbeds on north and south ends of the lake

Late August
High 72° F
Low 54° F
Early September
High 67° F
Low 50° F
Late September
High 60° F
Low 44° F
  • Primary colors: Blues, purples, silvers, gold, chartreuse, and pike imitations

  • Johnson Silver minnow (¾ oz silver or gold)

  • Mepps #5 dressed Aglia (any color)

  • Mepps #2 Syclops Spoon (any color)

  • Dardevle Spoons – ¾ to 1 oz – (any color)

  • Doctor Spoon #275 (gold)

  • Rapala Original Floating - #11 and #18 (any color)

  • Rapala X-Rap - #10 (any color)

  • Square Bill Crankbaits (any color)

  • Soft Plastic Flukes – 3" to 5" (any color)

  • Soft Plastic Grubs – 2" to 5" (any color)

  • 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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