With its many tributaries, islands, and thousands of miles of shoreline, it’s no wonder that Reindeer Lake is renowned by anglers worldwide as a top northern pike producing fishery. This freshwater basin is a glacial remnant located just below the Northwest Territories, embedded in the boreal forest. Even though they are active year-round, mid-summer is arguably the best time to fish for northern pike. To help you prepare, we want to share some of our favorite northern pike recipes!
We decided to start with a popular recipe that even novice anglers have likely heard of Pickled Northern Pike. This classic fare has several variations, but we find it’s best to keep it simple. As many fishermen and women know, pike can be challenging to clean, so frequently the small northern—or snakes—get thrown back in favor of mid-sized eaters. This recipe is designed to give you more incentive to release a few mid-sized fish and allow them to continue their ascension to trophy status.
Ask any angler why they don’t eat more pike, and they’ll likely tell you that there are just too many bones to deal with because of their unique skeletal structure. Well, one way to circumvent that conundrum is to smoke them. Now, pike doesn’t have a lot of oil, so it’s crucial to soak the filets in brine for about eight hours before placing them in the smoker. Take them out after about two or three hours of smoking over your favorite wood. The meat should firm up just enough for you to pull out the bones with a tweezer or small pliers.
When you experience Canada pike fishing, the only thing more rewarding than catching the pike is sharing the bounty. This delectable recipe is a little more involved than pickling or smoking but is well worth the effort. The added bonus of this northern pike recipe is that it can be done either in the oven or on the grill.
Now that you’ve read about how to cook northern pike, it’s time for you to visit one of the best fishing lakes in Saskatchewan, Reindeer Lake. In addition to giving you a real chance at a trophy Northern, Arctic Lodges offers authentic Canadian lodging and world-class dining in an immersive, rustic setting. Call 1-888-353-2432 today to book a stay at one of the best fishing lodges in Saskatchewan.