Northern Pike are the top predators in Rugby Lake. They have perfect habitat with lots of food so they can be found in good numbers and can get big.
Every bay in Rugby Lake is weedy. Because the lake is only 25 feet at the deepest and averaging 11 feet deep there are many places where you can target Northern Pike and be very successful. There are weedy plateaus and sunken ridges where pike ambush bait-fish. In the back bays there is Pickerel Grass and Musky Cabbage, while along the shore there are Bulrushes, patches of Lily Pads, all these places produce Northern Pike. It's not hard to a find a hotspot. Our Northern Pike fishery is outstanding due to conservation efforts and the availability of prime spawning grounds such as sandy shorelines and the many feeder creeks that run into the lake.