Content tagged with "pike"

Grass Pickerel

Color illustration of grass pickerel, a long, narrow fish
Esox americanus
The most common and widely distributed pike in Missouri is also the smallest. Adults seldom exceed 10 or 12 inches in length. More


Esox masquinongy
Long and slender, with a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth, this big, non-native pike is stocked in selected lakes in the Ozark region and near St. Louis. More

Northern Pike

Color illustration of the northern pike, a long, narrow game fish
Esox lucius
The largest pike native to Missouri, the northern pike can be more than 4 feet long and weigh more than 40 pounds. Missouri is on the southern edge of the range of this species. Because of its rarity here, it is of little importance as a game fish. More

Tale of the Teeth

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Peer deeply into a fish's mouth to learn about its feeding habits. More

Tiger Muskellunge (Tiger Muskie)

Color illustration of the tiger muskie, a long, narrow game fish
Esox masquinongy x E. lucius (a hybrid fish)
Tiger muskies, being the hybrid offspring of muskellunge and northern pike, are sterile and unable to reproduce. They sometimes appear naturally in waters inhabited by both parent species, but they are also produced artificially in hatcheries for stocking purposes. More

Triggering Chain Reactions

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Chain pickerel lurk beneath the surface of a few southern Missouri streams and lakes. More