There are only a handful of lakes in Arizona that you can catch Northern Pike. Probably the known and most popular lakes in Arizona to fish for Northern Pike are Upper Lake Mary, Ashurst Lake and lakes of the Long Lake complex all of which are located in the Coconino National Forest There are also a few on the Kaibab forest as well. Out of all of these lakes I've seen the big ones come out of Ashurst Lake. There are a couple bait shops on Lake Mary road as you head down to Lake Mary and Ashurst that have a bunch of pictures on the wall of huge fish from Ashurst.
From what I know you can catch these Pike with Spoons or waterdogs. I've tried waterdogs more than once at the three lakes listed about with minimal luck. The last time I was at Long Lake I saw some guys fishing right near the boat launch catching one right after the other using small spoons from the shore. Personally, lately I’ve been avoid using live bait at all cost, so I’m going to go out and give some different spoons a try, see if I can’t find a winner for the three lakes. Today is the September 3rd and the air is starting to cool off. I’m going Ashurst tomorrow to try and answer some of the question listed below. I’m sure some our members from the northern part of the country have some pike advice. I’ll keep adding links to the article if you find anything you want to share or a good YouTube video post it below.