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OK, so us West coast, California guys can't tell the difference. Went out last Friday with Shagnasty in Anchor Bay and caught this fish. We thought it might be a Pike, but some of you seem pretty knowledgable and can distinguish the difference from a photo. Can anyone educate me and tell me if it is a Pike or small Muskie? No comments about the hair, what little there is, I forgot my ballcap. Water Sky Boat Boats and boating--Equipment and supplies Outdoor recreation
 

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QUOTE(ErnieT @ Jun 30 2009, 08:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>OK, so us West coast, California guys can't tell the difference. Went out last Friday with Shagnasty in Anchor Bay and caught this fish. We thought it might be a Pike, but some of you seem pretty knowledgable and can distinguish the difference from a photo. Can anyone educate me and tell me if it is a Pike or small Muskie? No comments about the hair, what little there is, I forgot my ballcap. View attachment 63275

PIKE!
 

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I'm no expert, but I hear they can be distinguished most easily by the spot pattern. Musky spots with vertical pattern and pike spots have a horizontal pattern. Can any of you hard core musky guys verify??
 

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I love the look of the clear muskys when they get big. I just think the color and bronzy shine on them are awesome.
 

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It's easy: pike have light, bean-shaped spots on a dark body, whereas muskies have dark spots or bars on a lighter body, which could be very faint or even absent, but not usually in LSC, where the great lakes spotted strain predominates.

Hybrid "tiger muskies" (very rare in LSC, only common where they're stocked) have bold, jagged stripes, and musky laws apply to them.
 
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hey now be carefull when generalizing "west coast" and "California guys" not being able to tell the difference between a pike and a musky, Im from cali and thats a Musky for sure
 

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QUOTE(ErnieT @ Jun 30 2009, 08:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>OK, so us West coast, California guys can't tell the difference. Went out last Friday with Shagnasty in Anchor Bay and caught this fish. We thought it might be a Pike, but some of you seem pretty knowledgable and can distinguish the difference from a photo. Can anyone educate me and tell me if it is a Pike or small Muskie? No comments about the hair, what little there is, I forgot my ballcap. View attachment 63275

no doubt a pike. Take a minute and find some pics of both on the internet. Before too long you will know the difference very quickly. just a few ways are

Color difference
Markings are quite a bit different
Muskie have a pointed tail (unless it's a hybrid) vs pike with a round tail
best and most accurate way is the sensory pours under the bottom jaw. Muskie have more than a pike 6 to 9 of them. Pike 5 or less........nice pike
 

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QUOTE(cast n blast @ Jun 30 2009, 10:39 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>hey now be carefull when generalizing "west coast" and "California guys" not being able to tell the difference between a pike and a musky, Im from cali and thats a Musky for sure


I think you have caught enough, BASS fishing to know the difference "California guy"
 

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Agree with the nice pike comment
 

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I caught this pike near the Firecracker a couple of summers ago fishing with a tube and 8 pound line. Got lucky and hooked it in the corner of the mouth. My buddy Bababoey helped land it. Water Sky Cloud Fisherman Fish
 

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QUOTE(ErnieT @ Jun 30 2009, 08:38 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>OK, so us West coast, California guys can't tell the difference. Went out last Friday with Shagnasty in Anchor Bay and caught this fish. We thought it might be a Pike, but some of you seem pretty knowledgable and can distinguish the difference from a photo. Can anyone educate me and tell me if it is a Pike or small Muskie? No comments about the hair, what little there is, I forgot my ballcap. View attachment 63275
 

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QUOTE(Eric C. @ Jun 30 2009, 04:34 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>I caught this pike near the Firecracker a couple of summers ago fishing with a tube and 8 pound line. Got lucky and hooked it in the corner of the mouth. My buddy Bababoey helped land it.

That's one of the biggest LSC pike I have seen.
 

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I get confused by color variations sometimes, so easiest way is to count the pores on the bottom, pike will have no more than 8 usually.
 
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