Are There Northern Pike in California?

northern pike on the grass

Northern pike have a well-earned reputation as a hard fighting freshwater sports fish that are extremely popular with anglers. Obviously we’re big fans as my brother and I have enjoyed fishing for them for nearly three decades now. But not every angler has had that enjoyable experience. So what happens if an angler can’t find …

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How Long Does a Pickerel Live?

chain pickerel fish

Pickerel don’t just get the shorter end of the stick when it comes to size in the Esox family, which also includes bigger cousins like the northern pike and muskellunge. But Chain pickerel live a total of 7-9 years on average. Only the absolute oldest (and largest) pickerel live past 9 years. Grass pickerel only …

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What Is a Tiger Muskie?

tiger musky picture

The Tiger Musky is a gigantic fish, and in fact the largest member of the Esox family. Which is double impressive when you consider they share the same family as the vaunted northern pike and muskellunge. The tiger musky is hybrid fish that results from a pike and a musky breeding. They are normally bred …

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Why Are Northern Pike So Slimy?

Billings Gazette fishing comic strip

There’s no denying the reputation of the northern pike as a slimy fish. While many fish produce some slime in the water, pike produce enough that “snot rocket” is one of their most common nicknames after snake fish and jackfish. Not a very flattering nickname, for sure. But why are pike so slimy? There actually …

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