The range of the northern pike is extensive, having a range greater than any other freshwater gamefish. Pike can be found throughout the northern half of North America. Pike prefer clear, shallow, vegetated areas of lakes and larger rivers. Pike are rarely found in areas lacking stumps, aquatic vegetation, or other cover.
Spawning takes place soon after ice-out when temperatures reach 35 F in shallow waters. The female broadcasts the eggs over aquatic vegetation while two or more males fertilize them. A large female northern pike can produce 250,000 to 500,000 eggs. The adhesive eggs stick to the vegetation and hatch within six to 29 days depending on water temperature. The young pike typically attain a length of six inches by their first fall. Sexual maturity is typically reached in three years. Pike have been documented to live 24 years.
Northern's are primarily fish eaters preying on species such as golden shiners, yellow perch, bluegills, and suckers. Young pike feed on zooplankton and aquatic invertebrates, but soon switch to a fish diet. Large pike have been known to feed on ducklings, small waterfowl, and small muskrats.
The northern is a highly prized gamefish. It is a fantastic fish to catch just based on its sheer size, strength, and fighting ability. The meat of the northern pike is white, great flavor, and has a flaky texture, however it is quite boney. Pike are captured using large spoons or minnow-type lures fished along the edges of weedbeds. Another popular method is using a large live golden shiner or sucker fished beneath a large bobber just after ice-out in shallow coves. Pike like cabbage weeds. Pike can be caught on many lures and live bait.
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