Best Pike Websites
Find All The Information You Need With These Helpful Sites
are persistent, plentiful and powerful. But they don’t hold up well
online, as least as far as I’m concerned. There seems to be a shortage
of good websites devoted to these voracious predators, and I suppose
that’s because many anglers do not truly target pike in their backyard
fisheries on a regular basis.
Meanwhile, bass are specifically targeted all across the country by
both die-hard and average anglers. Hence, a gluttony of bass-focused
websites. For walleyes it’s the same deal; albeit more of a regional
focus, but anglers go after walleyes in waters close to home.
But pike, I believe, are only valued when they get big, which makes
sense. Pike ten pounds and larger are a blast; a two-pounder is just a
nuisance. Consequently, most American anglers only target pike when
they’re on trophy pike waters. If they’re fishing locally or fairly
close to home, in waters where small pike prevail, they’re not terribly
interested in catching them.
The only time people really want to target pike is when they’re big,
and that often means pikes found in Canada. That, I believe, explains
the lack of pike websites; because you can’t really swap reports and
updates on how the pike are biting 1,200 miles away in Quebec. The
forums and message boards that are so popular for bass and walleye
consist of anglers talking weekly and daily about fishing close to
home. For quality pike, that option just isn’t there.
Nonetheless, I did the best I could in rounding up some good pike
websites for anyone interested. In Olympic-inspired fashion, here are
my favorite three sites:
Gold Medal: MyOutdoorTV.com
with the lack of quality pike websites, there’s also not the same
quantity of pike videos that exists for bass, walleyes, etc. But at My
Outdoor TV, there’s no shortage of any type of fishing-related video.
why if you want to watch pike fishing video, you shouldn’t waste your
time searching for specialized websites with only pike clips, you
should just go to My Outdoor TV and enter “Pike” in the search box. Two
seconds later you’ll find these options, among others: Giant Summer Pike; Giant Pike, Bedding Bass; Houseboat Pike; Quebec Pike; Pike on the Prowl; Northern Pike Fishing; Seaguar Rigs for Pike and B.C Sockeye, and the list goes on.
Many of these video clips are from NAF-TV and feature NAFC Executive Director Steve Pennaz, so they may be of particular interest to NAFC members.
Silver Medal: totalcoarsefishing.com
is an unusual pick, but I think pike enthusiasts will enjoy this site.
It boasts information on a variety of rough, tough, fish: pike, catfish
and carp. It also offers an international look at pike, a rarity for
most American anglers.
It has quite a few archived articles about “the world of esox,” as
it says: “A look at the different species of pike throughout the world,
their distribution and their value in angling.” Some articles delve
into biology, analyzing thermocline and even throwing in the term “epilimnion.”
This site also has an interesting social networking option
for pike fans that’s run through the publisher’s magazine, Pike &
Predators. It looks pretty active and is certainly worth checking out.
Bronze Medal: pikezander.co.uk
I admit it. This is an oddball site by American standards. I included
it only because it gives a glimpse into the European opinion of pike
(and zander). It’s interesting to learn about the history of pike
overseas, which this site offers.
Also, some pictures of massive pike – and by massive I mean 40-plus
pounds. Unfortunately the quality of the photos is not very good, but
the quality of the pike themselves certainly is.
The site lists the Top 50 of biggest pike
caught in Britain, and has a cool feature for a “Pike Story.” There’s a super old, black and white photo with a neat story
about a 16-year-old boy catching a monster pike on a farm