In the summer, the northern will be deeper away from the heat. Key areas are cabbage beds and points. Some will suspend off small islands and weed covered humps. The hotter the day, the deeper the fish will be out in the weeds. Cast or troll using big spoons, crank baits or spinners along the ridges. This time of year the northerns are ready for battle, slamming your lure with a force. Lots of 20 lb.+ Northerns are fought and released during these summer months of July and August. You'll have an exhilarating hair raising time fighting these northern gators.
As the weather cools down and the fall season hits us, the pike move out of the deeper water. They're back on the reefs and the weedbeds and are bigger and better from a summer of feeding. The chilly northern nights invigorate them; they are on a feeding frenzy getting their fill before freeze-up draws near. Try trolling with a big crankbait, or casting with a red and white Dardevle. Vary the speed of your retrieve and occasionally pump your lure. Fall pike fishing is furious!