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Color illustration of grass pickerel, a long, narrow fish

Grass Pickerel

Esox americanus
The most common and widely distributed pike in Missouri is also the smallest. Adults seldom exceed 10 or 12 inches in length.

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Muskellunge

Muskellunge

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.

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Color illustration of the northern pike, a long, narrow game fish

Northern Pike

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.

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Tale of the Teeth

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

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Color illustration of the tiger muskie, a long, narrow game fish

Tiger Muskellunge (Tiger Muskie)

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.

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Triggering Chain Reactions

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

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