Re: NANFA-- Pike could devastate fisheries (article)

Christopher Scharpf (
Thu, 30 Jan 2003 21:10:46 -0400

> What natural elements control Pike population in north eastern waters that are
> not present in the west?

The answer's in the article:

"In those states [in its native range], pike co-exist with smallmouth
bass, walleye and muskie and provide a popular fishery."

In other words, there are always plenty of big predatory fish that can eat
young and small pike, keeping the population in check. There are no such
predators in California reservoirs, so the pike sits on top alone.

When northern pike and muskellenge occur together, northern pikes hatch 2
weeks earlier, grow faster, and feed on the musku fry.

Chris Scharpf
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