• Flint River Eco Study

River Project Highlight! Northern Pike

(Team member Bryan holds a pike caught by his fishing pole)

Esox lucius, the northern pike, is a long and slender fish that makes its habitat in weedy lakes and rivers with cool to warmish water. Pike have yellow spots in rows across its body against a green background, its head is relevantly flat with a large mouth with front facing eyes. Pike are predators and will eat other fish it catches in its mouth filled with large blade like teeth (be cautious if handling). Pike migrate to shallow lake waters/streams to spawn in the vegetation after the winter ice begins to break. They can grow up to 3-4 feet long and can weigh up to 30 pounds, some records find pike weighing up to 45-46 pounds. Pike are abundant in the great lakes region and are a species of least concern.


Smith, G. R., & Damstra, E. S. (2010). Northern Pike . In Guide to great lakes fishes (pp. 50-51). essay, Michigan Sea Grant.

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