Unlike other common species of game fish, northern pike are most active when the water is cool. The northern pike are quite accommodating to anglers, biting best during the daylight hours. Being a predator, northerns prefer live fish baits, and wobbling spoons.
Spawning usually occurs from Mid-May to the end of May, as soon as the ice begins to break up in the spring. Migrations into the spawning areas take place during the night. Spawning occurs at temperatures between 40 to 50º (F), but 42 - 46º (F) seems to be the preferred range. Spawning takes place in flooded areas with emergent vegetation and involves one female and from one to three attendant males. Eggs are deposited on and adhere to vegetation in the area.
Upper Manitou Lake is loaded with monster pike and our legendary guides know where they are at, no matter if you come in the spring, summer or fall. Let our guides be your GPS unit!!