Northern Pike are among some of the most popular freshwater game fish in the United States and Canada, and it’s not at all hard to see why. First of all, these fish are more aggressive than most of their counterparts and since they can thrive in cold water they are also easier to catch early in the spring and late in the fall compared to most other species. They grow to very large sizes, fight aggressively, and are one of the few fish whose meat loses very little taste from being frozen. When you look at this, it’s not hard to see why northern anglers like pursuing these fish, whether it’s in the Lower 48 or all the way up with the giants you can nail from Alaska pike fishing.
In the south black bass might be king among many anglers, but when you head north the bass get much smaller and the northern pike get much larger. This makes all the difference when it comes to choosing the ideal freshwater game fish to go after if you want a major challenge and want to land a giant lunker of a fish. The good news for anglers is that pike are found way south of Alaska, so you don’t need a once in a life time fishing vacation to find a trophy sized pike, although nothing says you can’t treat yourself to that type of angling expedition.
Finding pike in northern states is generally not hard, as these fish can be found in the majority of states and they are natural along the Great Lakes, the Mississippi River basin, and some of the Rocky Mountain states in the north. These fish have also been stocked in most other areas although this hasn’t always been with state DNR approval. Pike are fun because they get big, strike hard, and taste delicious. When you see the look on a child’s face the first time they get a big strike, you’ll know they’re hooked for life.