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 Northern Pike


The northern pike is a very popular fish in Wisconsin also referred to a "Northern" or "Pike".  If you like to go ice-fishing, then you should fish for northern pike.  They tend to be the most abundant right after the ice has formed.  It is pretty easy to catch Wisconsin northern pike because they will eat almost anything that they can fit into their mouth.  Northern pike have around 128 eye-catching scales on their body.  If you are looking to catch a good amount of northern pikes, try fishing around the Great Lakes area.  They have been pretty abundant around that location. Enjoy a day on a Wisconsin Lake fishing for Big Northern Pike using typical pike fishing lures, baits, tackle and gear.

Wisconsin Northern Pike Photos & Pictures

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Photos and Pictures of Northern Pike in Wisconsin

Name: Northern Pike
Scientific Name: Esox lucius
Family: Esocidae
General Description: vertical fins, up to 50in long, legal min. 32-40in long to catch, skin has dark background w/ light colored marks, lots of teeth, average weight: 2-5lbs
Habitat: lakes, ponds, streams, rivers, slow moving water with lots of weeds.
Spawning/Sexual Maturity: late march-early april, flooded areas w/ lots of vegetation, 8,000-100,000 eggs, sexual maturity at 3-5 years old
Diet: any fish/small animal they can fit into their mouth-even other pike.
Life Expectancy: up to 24-26 years old
Predators: silver and sea lampreys, humans, bigger northerns
Known Hotspots: Mississippi River, Lake Michigan, and Lake Superior
Popular Baits: live fish baits, wobbling spoons,
Fishing Tournaments:
State Record: 38lbs, Lake Puckaway, August 6, 1952
World Record: 55lbs 1oz, Lake of Grefeern, Germany, October 16, 1986
Extra Facts: There isn’t parental care for offspring, females are larger than males, if hungry enough-will eat a full-grown muskrat, best fishing for these is right after ice forms on lakes. 

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