pike fishing 

Mid June – Mid August

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

  • Summer is the most active season for northern pike

  • Sucker spawn is over and pike transition from shallow bays near creeks to pondweed growing in 6 to 15 feet of water

  • Crayfish molt in submerged weeds, so bring lots of orange-colored tackle

  • The map on your boat identifies major weedbeds holding fish throughout the summer

  • Two biggest mistakes anglers make fishing Sandybeach Lake for pike: fishing too slow or too shallow

  • Large pike are aggressive and on the move, so if you’re not catching them, move around. The more water you cover, the more pike you’ll catch!

Late June
High 73° F
Low 54° F
Mid August
High 76° F
Low 57° F
  • Orange-colored tackle to mimic molting crayfish

  • 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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