Sunday, February 28, 2010

Silver Pike

While still technically considered a Esox Lucius (Northern Pike) the “silver” pike as almost none of the normal markings of a normal pike. Typically northerns have a dark greenish body with lighter elongated yellow horizontal splotches. the Silver Pike however, is an all over steel blue/silver color and slightly goldish tips on its scales. Recently the national hall of fame has listed the silver pike as a new mutation of the northern pike for record keeping purposes. Reports received to date indicate silver pike rarely exceed 10lbs. However, this is not always the case. On little Vermilion lake silver pike can be found with some regularity and generally tip the 10 pound scale mark, some of these pike getting as big as 27lbs.

For many years silver pikes were believed to be a variation of the muskellunge, therefore it is encouraging to see a recording body record this fish as a mutant variety.

It seems silver pike only mate successfully with other silver pike. which would help explain why they are so scarce. the few times silver pike have been mated successfully with their normal counter parts the offspring produced has looked like neither parent.

All this gives credence to the fact that silver pike may be deserving of their own species name, and little vermilion lake will likely document this coming to pass.

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