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Fly-in Northern Pike Fishing North of Nakina:

There are many lodges and camps in Ontario that claim to be on lakes that have been referred to as "The Land of the Gators" but we are the real thing. The largest Monster Trophy Northern Pike in Ontario come from the lakes and rivers north of Nakina. Actually, the rivers traditionally produce the biggest Northern Pike. It's not just length that is impressive. Northern Pike in our water system are unusually thick. Huge Monster Pike that just finished a big meal often sun themselves in the shallows near Wild Rice to speed up digestion and they actually look like alligators in the water, thus why Northern Pike fishing fanatics called them Gators.

Below are Northern Pike fishing descriptions for Beteau Lake, Windsor Lake, Richter Lake and Black Birch Lake.

Beteau Lake Northern Pike Fishing

Beteau Lake is a widening of the famous Attawapiskat River and produces the biggest Northern Pike in Ontario without question. There are a number of reasons why:

1) Big water produces big fish. Beteau Lake is a widening of the Attawapiskat River and down stream from Attawapiskat Lake. The Pike have hundreds of miles to roam and hunt down prey. Since the river is stuffed with Walleye, Whitefish, Perch, Suckers and Chub, the Northern Pike have an endless banquet, which is an inexhaustible source of food. They just grow like crazy and get huge.

2) By the time a Northern Pike reaches 40 inches they are usually around 20 years old. It's rare to have a Pike live to 20 years old down south because they usually die from parasitic infestation or disease. In lakes and rivers north of Nakina; Northern Pike are not affected by these factors because the water is so clean and cool. The rivers are even cleaner with a constant flow of clean spring water. As a result, Northern Pike can live to be well over 70 years and can grow to great sizes. Our webmaster, Gary, used to guide up in the area and tells a story of getting snagged on a log and when he went to get the snag free with a paddle; the log swam away. He claims the Pike was between 65 and 70 inches.

3) As we said before the Northern Pike in our area get unusually thick and look like alligators when sunning themselves in shallow water. We are not 100% sure why the Pike in the River are so much thicker than Pike in the lakes but usually it is from environmental factors. We are assuming because the Northern Pike are more exposed to current they spend more time swimming against the current thus they grow larger muscles. A 40-inch Northern Pike caught in the river is usually 10% heavier than a 40-inch Northern Pike caught in a lake. So when you get into Pike up towards the 50-inch mark you are looking at a thick powerful fish.

There are not a lot of small Pike in the river because they get eaten by bigger Pike. On an average day you should catch 15 to 20 and on better days catch 20 to 25 with some being up to 9 pounds. If you target Northern Pike there is a great chance at getting a Northern in the 40-inch range, which is usually around 18 pounds or bigger. This is The Land of the Gators and monster Northern Pike do get caught many times by lucky guests throughout the summer. The largest Northern Pike actually brought into the boat since we bought the camp in 2009 was a 52-inch 30-pounder. Guests have told stories of Northern Pike so big they would not fit in the net.

Windsor Lake Northern Pike Fishing

The Windsor Lake Camp is a newly acquired outpost camp on a chain of lakes along the Attawapiskat River so you can expect the Northern Pike fishing to be just as good or even better than Beteau Lake due to its more remote location. The Windsor Lake camp was rarely used thus this area of the river has experienced next to no fishing pressure. You can expect to catch a trophy if you target Northerns.

Richter Lake Northern Pike Fishing

Richter Lake is not known as a Northern Pike lake. It's where we send guests who want to catch 100 Walleyes in a day. Truthfully we do not really know the Pike potential in Richter Lake because everyone that fishes the lake specifically targets Walleye. Guests do catch Northern Pike while Walleye fishing and you can expect to catch 15 to 20 of them in a day. There have been really big Pike caught there but since most Walleye guests don't use leaders they often lose anything big. There is no reason why Richter Lake could not produce a 20-pounder. They have millions of Walleyes to feed on.

Black Birch Lake Camp

Black Birch Lake Camp will be open in the near future for World Class Trophy Northern Pike and World Class Trophy Walleye fishing adventures. And I mean BIG fish! This camp is 50 miles father north than our main camp on Beteau Lake and is one of the most remote northern outpost camps in Ontario.