By: Jennifer Bateman | Friday, March 15, 2013
Northern Pike fishing is a popular sport in northern Minnesota. People like to fish for them, I think, because they can get so big! While you can catch them of any size on Two Inlets Lake, the biggest one I've seen come in was 44 inches long and weighed nearly 23 pounds! (That was in 2007, so my memory on length and weight might be a little off, but you get my drift. It was big!) Visit our Facebook page to see another beauty in our timeline photo.
Nicknames for northerns include hammer handle, jackfish, snake, slimer, snot rocket, sport fish, and toothy critter. If they are particularly small they are called a "pencil." Our lake neighbor calls them a "glove" because he won't touch it without wearing a glove. They are a very slimy fish!
Many of our June guests fish only for northerns and eat some nearly every day. A nice eater size is 24 to 26 inches, or about 3 pounds.
Here is what Bob has to say about northern fishing:
"Two Inlets Lake has a large population of smaller northern pike in the 2-3# range that are willing and able to bite at any time. This provides great action and great eating to those who are looking for an action filled afternoon of fishing. These fish are usually caught trolling or casting an artificial bait like a rapala or spinnerbait or some other artificial with some flash and vibration. There are also good numbers of trophy size northerns in the lake and each year a few are taken by guests who are looking for a monster. These fish usually succumb to a 6-10" sucker minnow either trolled slowly or fished under a bobber in 3-5' of water. Trophy northern are usually most active beginning in July."
Read about some other fish species and tips for catching them on our fishing page.
Until next time ~~Jennifer
Two Inlets Resort is located in Park Rapids, MN and caters to people who like to catch northern pike, walleye, crappie, panfish and large mouth bass.