Kesagami’s angling reputation has been built on its world-class, trophy northern pike fishery – plain & simple. Objectively, Kesagami’s records for trophy northern pike rival those of any of the very-far-north lodges of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, the Yukon or NorthWest Territories – both in terms of numbers of trophy fish caught per season and size. The important differences include the fact that Kesagami is much closer to many metropolitan centres in Canada and the U.S.A., enjoys a longer fishing season, and costs about half as much as any comparable fishing package (if there are any).
With fish in excess of fifty (50) inches in the swim, and an inestimable number of 40-inch / 20-pound fish available all season long, Kesagami pike fishing qualifies as world class. With strict, reasoned conservation practices (catch & release) and policies in place to protect the fishery, Kesagami pike fishing can only get better. That is hard to imagine, since 1 in 3 anglers catches and releases at least one 20-pound / forty-inch pike during their stay – even though many of them are fishing primarily for walleyes!
With that kind of pike fishing, invariably a Kesagami fishing experience gives rise to equally incredible fish tales. One that I experienced deserves special mention. On a mid-August outing at Kesagami, we saw – on two different occasions – big pike (38 to 42 inchers) swimming on the surface with their heads out of the water, oblivious to the lures that we threw their way. Why would they do that ? And, no, I couldn’t hear them laughing or making snide remarks about my efforts to trick them into taking a bait !
Weed-oriented fish for the most part, the lake’s many weedy areas provide innumerable places to hunt the lake’s monster northerns. However, just as many pike are caught off rocky points and bars or by anglers fishing for walleyes near shoals and islands or in the river. They’re everywhere ! In the weeds, flashy weedless spoons, spinnerbaits and soft-plastic twitchbaits are the baits of choice; on the rocks, most anglers toss spinnerbaits or buzzbaits. Seeing a 20-pound-plus pike blow up ona buzzbait is quite a thrill – nearly as exciting as hooking and fighting the fish itself. Nothing, though, brings quite the “rush” as safely releasing a trophy northern to swim again and, perhaps, offer the challenge, thrill or heartbreak to another Kesagami angler.
- 1-1/8 oz. Johnson Silver Minnow
- 3/4 to 1-oz. bass spinnerbait
- 6″ Slug-Go
- 1/2 to 3/4 oz. buzzbait
- Mepps Syclops
- Topwater spoons & “rats”
- flippin’ jig & pork chunk