Northern Pike
Go Fishing – Help Get the Pike Out of Kushog Lake!

Angling Tips: Pike are aggressive feeders and can be caught year round. Key fishing times include the morning and evening when baitfish activity peaks; however, pike will bite throughout the day. A medium-action rod and reel will cover most situations, however strong leaders should be used to prevent the pike's sharp teeth from biting through the line. Pike will take just about every kind of live and artificial bait, including very large streamer flies.

Common Baits: Spoons, In-line spinners, Crankbaits, Topwater lures, Spinnerbaits, Buzzbaits. Live baits include large chubs, suckers and shiners

Northern Pike In Kushog Lake:

Northern pike provide substantial recreational fishing opportunities in Ontario because of their abundance and vulnerability to angling. Northern pike are widespread in Ontario particularly in shallow, vegetated lakes and rivers.

Historically, Northern Pike have not been found in the Haliburton Highlands and the Kawartha Lakes of central Ontario. However, pike can now be found in Kushog Lake, having been introduced when a beaver dam holding back a stocked lake west of Kushog Lake, broke and the water containing the pike spilled into Kushog Lake.

In a lake environment pike prefer weedy bays, estuaries and shoals as spring and summer habitat. During cool autumn days pike are most likely to seek deeper water. Pike are aggressive feeders through spring, summer and fall and continue to be caught through the ice during the winter months.

Spawning commonly begins at the end of March or beginning of April (at ice-out) and is concluded by mid-May. Large mature northern pike, especially large females, are particularly vulnerable during the period prior to spawning since they are feeding heavily in preparation for spawning. Northern pike spawn in flooded areas and back bays in spring. Fertilized eggs are scattered randomly.

Would you believe that this monster Pike came out of Kushog Lake? Ben Muir and his son Michael were out trolling on the Labour Day weekend 2007. They were at the southern end of the lake, before the corner to the entrance of the Buckslide dam, when Ben thought he was snagged so told Mike to turn the boat around. But then the fish tugged and he started to gently reel it in.

When it got to the boat, Ben was shocked to see what he had hooked. This giant Pike was 48 inches long and weighed an estimated 25-30 pounds.

Kushog Lake Monster:

When it got to the boat, Ben was shocked to see what he had hooked. This giant Pike was 48 inches long and weighed an estimated 25-30 pounds.

Ben was fishing in about 17 feet of water, the bottom was flat, in a weed bed and the water temperature was 71 degrees according to Ben’s fishfinder. Later the same weekend Ben caught a couple more large pike about 2 miles south of Ox Narrows.