(UNDATED) – March through May is a great time to fish for Northern pike. Indiana represents the southernmost extent of their natural range. These fish inhabit about a third of Indiana’s northern glacial lakes and several northern rivers. Voracious predators, pike can grow rapidly and achieve lengths nearing 50 inches, making them a popular species among northern Indiana anglers.
Many water bodies have exceptional Northern pike populations. Some of the best angling opportunities can be found in the glacial lakes of Kosciusko, LaGrange, LaPorte, Noble and Steuben counties. Each year, pike measuring over 40 inches are caught by anglers from these lakes and entered into the Fish of the Year program.
The lakes with the most Northern pike entries included Clear (Steuben County), Snow (Steuben County), and Dallas (LaGrange County) lakes. High-quality Northern pike populations can also be found in the Iroquois, Kankakee, Tippecanoe, Yellow, Fawn, Pigeon, Elkhart, St. Joseph, Wabash, and Mississinewa rivers.
Consider entering your Northern pike catches into our Fish of the Year program.