Re: NANFA-- Blue Pike news

R. W. Wolff (
Tue, 23 Jan 2001 11:20:56 -0800

In laymens terms, the blue pike is as different from the walleye ( mis
labeled as yellow pike) as a spotted bass is from a Largemouth. The shape,
size and position of the eyes , mouth and I believe scalation are key in
differnetiating the two. If I remember right, the eyes are huge, and the
mouth is larger too, or maybe the line down from the center of the eye used
as one clue to tell walleyes from sauger is different on the blue pike. The
big eye could changge this though. They also have strictly different habitat
preferences, but can occur together, just as my example bass do in certain
areas. I am just going off what I read from my own memory, and am not
saying this is a valid species or not. Maybe it is just a mutant strain of
walleye adapted to deeper darker water.

> Reading this account about blue pike vs. yellow pike, I've developed
> doubts about whether the blue pike is really a species

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