But there’s more to this predator than meets the eye. From awe-inspiring hunting strategies and remarkable adaptive abilities to ancient fossils, this article unveils 30 fascinating and little-known pike facts that will leave you in awe!
Tips, tricks, and facts about pike fishing and pike fish.
As the pike is one of my absolute favorite target species, I wanted to find out what it’s called in other countries around the world.
While northern pike have an average length of about 17 to 25 inches and an average weight of 2 to 5 pounds, they can reach lengths of more than 50 inches and weights of 55 to 60lb. European pike are generally somewhat bigger than pike found in North America.
Grown northern pike eat various prey fish, including yellow perch, minnows, chub, shad, bluegill, crappie, ciscoes, and the occasional smaller bass or walleye. They also go for smaller water mammals and their own young. Juveline pike mainly feed on smaller insects and aquatic crustaceans.
Depending on its range, northern pike typically spawn sometime between March and May, when water temperatures are between 40 and 45F. They can spawn both in open water and under the ice and prefer shallow areas rich in vegetation.
Pike fishing is a lot of fun, and catching one of those huge predators is as thrilling as it can get. To land your trophy pike successfully, you will need both a robust and a big enough landing net.