Northern Pike



Loved by some, hated by others, the northern pike has a unique status as both native game fish and invasive exotic in Alaska. Recently (and illegally) introduced to some Southcentral lakes, the voracious pike is wreaking havoc among native fishes of that area. Averaging 5-12 lbs, the pike can reach weights in excess of 40 lbs and lengths of 4 feet or more.  The best fishing is often during the months of May when pike is spawning in the shallows, and October, when the last of the seasonal feeding opportunities cause them to gorge on most any food source they come across.