Northern Pike Fishing Package


Available April through September

 

The Northern Pike is the state fish of North Dakota but you would think it is the king of game fish in Utah. The Northern pike is sometimes called other names: American pike, common pike, Great Lakes pike, jackfish, longhead, and snot rocket. Pike are known as ambush predators. They can lie perfectly still for a remarkable period of time.



Northern pike can swim 8-10 miles per hour.
The older the fish is, the larger it is. Most pike over 18 pounds are female.

The world record pike was caught in
Germany. Pike do not make nests for their eggs.  Neither the male nor the female care for their eggs once they are laid. The majority of the fry do not hatch successfully.  The “fries” continue to attach onto vegetation because of a sticky patch still on their head. This patch remains there for a couple of weeks.   The oldest pike in its natural habitat lived to be 25 years old.


The pike is not a picky eater.  Adult pike typically have no other predators than humans.

Northern pike seek areas of dense vegetation in streams, lakes, and large rivers. They tend to occupy the shallow waters near the shore with covering. They prefer cool water, and therefore will head to the deeper water around midsummer.

Pike are carnivorous fish and consume a large amount of food each day. Their diet consists mainly of fish that are smaller than them but they also eat other creatures like frogs and waterfowl. Pike lurk in the vegetation, making no movements, just waiting for a creature to get close enough to strike it. Pike are not picky with the species of fish they go after; they will eat just about anything smaller than them.
 

Pike are popular because of their fighting ability. Cast near the shore, close to or in weed beds, or near a rocky shore. Pike will hit almost anything that moves. For this reason, the type of lure you choose will not drastically change the outcome of your fishing trip. Use a lure that will be easy to remove from the fish’s mouth. The most popular lure to use to catch a northern pike is a spoon. Jitterbug lures are good for surface fishing.

 

Your Guide will clean your Pike at no cost, and bag it for your ride home.

 


More information about Northern Pike:

 

Lake fishing for pike from the shore is especially effective during early spring, when the big pike move into the shallows to spawn in weedy areas, and later many remain there to feed on other spawning fish species to regain their condition after spawning. Smaller jack pike often remain in the shallows for their own protection, and for the small fish food available there. For the hot summer and during inactive phases, the larger female pike tend to retire to deeper water and/or places with better cover. This gives the boat angler good fishing during the summer and winter seasons. Trolling is a very popular technique.

 

A pike has a very typical hunting behavior; it is able to remain stationary in the water by moving the last fin rays of the dorsal fins and the pectoral fins. Before striking, it bends its body and darts out to the prey using the large surface of its caudal fin, dorsal fin, and anal fin to propel itself. The fish has a distinctive habit of catching its prey sideways in the mouth, immobilizing it with its sharp, backward-pointing teeth, and then turning the prey headfirst to swallow it. For larger prey, the pike will usually attempt to drown the prey before carrying it off to be consumed. It eats mainly fish, frog, but also small mammals and birds fall prey to pike. Young pike have been found dead from choking on a pike of a similar size. Northern pike also feed on Frogs, insects, and leeches. They are not very particular and eat spiny fish like Perch, and will even take sticklebacks if they are the only available prey.






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