Fish Identification Guide

Northern Pike
Esox lucius
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: Large, tubular-shaped, native fish having a single dorsal fin near the forked tail, duckbill-shaped snout, large mouth with many sharp teeth, and 5 sensory pores on each side of the lower jaw's underside. Its cheek is fully scaled, while the gill cover is scaled only on the upper half. It prowls vegetated areas in search of food (primarily fish) - providing an important role in regulating and maintaining population balance of various prey fish species. Does best in natural lakes of the Sandhills. Readily caught by anglers.
Family: Pike
Type: Sport Fish
Range: Statewide

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