I thought old Mr. Pike, from up on the Lake, might like to have a webpage dedicated to him, since he should not have lived for nothing. We would never have looked into Pike fish if we hadn't see him, so here goes.
I found one place that described the Pike as "The Alligator of the North", and another place described his eating habits:
"Without a doubt, the northern pike is a voracious predator -- consuming three to four times its weight during the course of a year. Besides smaller fish, its diet includes frogs, crayfish, small mammals, and birds -- almost anything within range."
That explains the teeth!!!
Another place went even further in their description of what he ate:
"Northern Pike eat what they find. Fish dominate their diet, but crayfish, frogs, mice, muskrat, ducklings, and occasionally off-guard fishermen are also consumed. Generally, northern pike prefer one large entree as opposed to several smaller courses."
I think they were kidding about the "fishermen".
I guess they don't live in the deepest part of the lake all the time:
"Northern pike inhabit protected, weedy bays. After the spring ice melts, they move further into the shallows and marshes to spawn. They retreat to deep, cool waters in summer."
There are lots of fishing webpages devoted to Pikes, so I guess it is a popluar fish to catch, and apparently not too hard to catch, either.
"The Pike is a relatively easy gamefish to catch due to its predatory habits. The best lures are big spoons, spinners and jerkbaits, but pike will attack any artificial that looks big enough for a meal. One of the most effective baits is a big minnow fished beneath a float."
Pikes live mostly to the north of where you are, and they get to be pretty old, too:
"Northerns are long-lived, with some fish in the far North reaching ages of 25 years. Females grow faster and live longer than males. In the southern portion of their range pike will attain size faster (2 feet in length at the age of 3) but never reach the monster proportions of their northern counterparts due to a shorter life span (6 years)."
And they get to be pretty big, too, but not so big in the southern areas, so the one we saw might have been a record-holder if he was, shall we say, still all there:
"A 25 year old pike living at more northern latitudes will stretch to 45 inches and weigh in at 24 pounds. The World Record Pike was caught in 1940 - 46 pounds, 2 ounces, caught in Sacandaga Reservoir, New York. Many larger northerns have been caught in Europe, but never verified as official records. One weighing 90 pounds, 8 ounces was purported to have been caught in Loch Deigh, Ireland, in 1862."
So that is my tribute to Mr. Pike. I hope he is happy now.
Well, that is all I have for now. Stay warm.
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