Fish Identification Guide

Esox masquinongy
Illustrations by Joe Tomelleri
Description: Large, tubular-shaped, non-native fish having a single dorsal fin near the forked tail, duckbilled-shaped snout, large mouth with many sharp teeth, and 6 or more pores on each side of the lower jaw's underside. Both the gill cover and cheek are scaled on their upper halves. It has been introduced as an additional large predator and survives better than northern pike in S.E. Nebraska reservoirs. It is usually "managed" to provide a trophy fishery.
Family: Pike
Type: Sport Fish
Range: Watts Lake, Merritt Reservoir, Wagon Train Reservoir, upper Missouri River; occasionally stocked in other reservoirs as trophy fish.

Source: Nebraska Game and Parks Commission website at