If you’re out to catch a jack pike, then you’re in luck. It is not too difficult to nab yourself a nice little jack and while you might not be breaking any records, there is certainly a reward in catching one of these fish.
First of all, you need to keep in mind that jack pike can be found in both rivers and lakes. However, those that are in rivers are often a lot smaller and slimmer. This is because they are fighting against the current and need to be more streamlined. Lake jacks are, therefore, always a little heavier.
Jack pike have incredibly honed senses, they need to have this living in the often murky waters of the Northern lakes and rivers, it helps them seek out prey. But anglers can use this to their advantage since the pike will react to potent bait.
For this reason, it is highly recommended that when fishing for jack pike, you use oily fish that has a decent aroma. You can use live or dead bait but the latter tends to work better in the winter. Pike are less active during the colder months and will be far less likely to chase prey. If it is dead, it’s an easy catch for them; and for you. Lure fishing is an excellent option for pike as it will allow you to cover more water.
You should also consider that while winter is better for pike fishing, you will need to think about where you land your bait. Since the water is colder, the pike’s natural prey will be more likely to shoal closely together and stay in one location; this is where the pike will be.
Once you reel in a jack pike, you must remember to handle it carefully. While these fish may look like the lead in a horror movie with all those sharp teeth, they are actually a rather delicate animal.