With light spots over a dark background and a brilliant green to olive-green dorsal area, the northern pike is a striking fish (pun intended).
Our pike spawn as soon as the shallow marshy areas are ice free. This is typically a time when the main lake is still ice covered so we have never observed the spawning process at Scott. The fertilized eggs attach to vegetation and hatch into fry in a week to two weeks. The fry will live off their egg sacks until they start swimming and feeding on zooplankton and insect larvae. Females mature at about six years of age (around 20″ in length) and produce about 9,000 eggs per pound. Due to the cold waters and relatively low productivity (a measure of the “living things” in the water,) growth rates are very slow, but Scott pike are extremely long lived and still get to monster proportions. In warmer, southern waters the maximum life span might hit 10 years. At Scott and in similar far northern waters that age span will approach 30 years.