Nothing quite gets a fisherman’s blood rushing like hooking a large Northern Pike. Sure, you are going to catch lots of small ones, but the big ones are out there too. Pelican Lake also has a slot limit on Northern Pike (24-36 inch must be released) meaning there are plenty of fish in the lake for you to enjoy hooking! Pike fishing is best in cooler water, so May is a great month for pike fishing. If you want to catch any pike, throw anything-they’ll hit it. If you want to catch a big one, then throw bigger tackle. Pike like larger husky jerks (nothing smaller than a HJ12), spoons and buck tailed spinners. In June they will move around more in shallower waters where the bait fish are lingering. I personally enjoy throwing a super spook and trying to get them to hit on the surface in June. In July the pike fishing beings to drop off. Smaller pike can still be found and caught on spoons and spinners, but the big ones lurk in the deeper water and are harder to find. In August when it is really warm it can be really hard to find a decent sized pike. But then fall comes… And once the water cools off you can find the bigger fish once again roaming the edge of the weed lines and drop offs. Your spinners, spoons and husky jerks are still great options, but seriously you gotta try a Heddon Super Spook in September and October.
Pelican Lake is not known for being a great Walleye lake. There are walleye in the lake, and we occasionally see very nice 20 inch plus Walleye being caught, but not the way we see the pan fish, bass and pike. In the spring go after Walleye around drop offs. Husky jerks and shad raps are your best bets for artificial lures. And of course, bottom bouncing with a jig or a lindy rig spinner with live bait are good bets. Once July comes you have to work the deeper waters, like the deep water around the reef by Bald Island. I personally like a leech or worm on a lindy rig spinner. In the fall you can bust out the husky jerk and shad raps again.
Pelican Lake has always had a great reputation as a panfish lake. Monster Bluegill and tasty Crappie are all over the lake. Kids love fishing for perch and bluegill right off our dock. In the spring we fish for Crappie with a bobber and a minnow near Bald Island. Bluegill are a little slower to wake up in the spring, but you can find them once they do 5-8 feet of water. A shiny hook with a piece of worm works best. Once summer really hits, the Crappie fishing is only good in the evening and won’t be great again till September. The Bluegill fishing though stays hot all summer. Those guys love the warm water. Especially on sunny days throw a piece of worm on a shiny hook near any weed bed or dock and if you can get it right next to the structure you will catch bluegill (and probably some Perch). In September get ready to fish for Crappie. Get some crappie minnows and you will find them schooled up and suspended near the reefs on the North side of Bald Island. Don’t forget your net!