Fly-in Northern Pike Fishing
Lynx Lake Northern Pike Fishing:
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This lake is swarming with Northern Pike, Smallmouth Bass and Walleye. Lynx Lake has two streams running in and one stream running out thus a fresh supply of water and food. The streams are also the preferred place for Northern Pike to Spawn. Lynx Lake also has a high population of Walleye and Smallmouth Bass along with bait fish such as Lake Herring, Cisco, Chub and Shiners. As a result the Northern Pike are well fed and for a lake this size, they get bigger than you would expect.
Northern Pike are common in the 5 to 7-pound range. Guests do catch quite a few Northern Pike in the 8 to 15-pound range but they are not as common. If you spend a couple of your days specifically fishing for Northern Pike, there is a good chance you will get a couple in the 20+ pound range. That's not to say there are no bigger Pike in the lake. A few years ago, a 45-inch Northern Pike was caught and released in Lynx Lake, and a 48-inch at Vaughan. Those are 30+ pound fish. You could possibly hope to catch that big northern, as he's still in the lake somewhere waiting for a very lucky person to cast the right lure into the right spot.
Vaughan Lake Northern Pike Fishing:
This is an interesting lake to fish. It's named as a lake but really it's a remote bay of the famous Lac Seul and connected to Lac Seul by a long narrow channel. Lac Seul has Muskie and Muskie are claustrophobic. They stay off weed lines, bays and rocky points that face the open water. This leaves all the back bays, weedy narrows and channels to be dominated by Northern Pike.
As we said in our Walleye section, massive numbers of Walleyes migrate from Lac Seul into Vaughan Lake in the spring to spawn. Their only escape is the channel but by the time they finished spawning, it's too late to go back to Lac Seul because the water has become too low. Northern Pike move into the channel to eat any Walleyes that do try to escape.
The Northern Pike instinctively know the Walleyes are trapped in the lake. In the main part of Lac Seul, Pike are competing with Muskie. As a result, all summer long large Trophy Northern Pike are moving into Vaughan Lake to feast on Walleyes. The Muskie do not follow.
Pike are common in the 5 to 7-pound range just like any northern Ontario lake. If you specifically fish for Pike, you have a really good chance of catching a couple in the 25+pound range. Lac Seul is big water and produces big fish so there will be a lot of Trophy Northern over 25-pounds in the lake.
In the spring and summer they will be spread out along the shore while hunting down walleyes. In the fall, they head back up to the northeastern end of the lake again and usually by the time it starts snowing, they take off back into Lac Seul and go deep for the winter.