Male pike generally only grow to a size of about 30-35 inches. More or less all pike that are bigger than 40 inches are female. It is harder to tell the gender of younger pike. Here, the most accurate way of sexing them is by checking the urogenital opening, or vent.
The northern pike (Esox lucius) is a predatory freshwater fish that has an aerodynamic, torpedo-shaped body. It can reach a maximum length of 60” and a maximum weight of about 60lb.
Pike have light spots all over their dark green bodies, while muskies have dark spots or bars on a lighter body. Muskies have a sharply pointed tail, while pike have a more rounded one.
Northern pike have plenty of smaller needle-like and larger fang-like teeth. In fact, they can have up to 700 of them, and all of these teeth are razor-sharp. Pike do not shed all their teeth during winter, and they do not bite humans, but they can certainly hurt and injure a fisherman’s hand.