National Marine Conservation Areas of Canada
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Canada’s National Marine Conservation Areas System Plan
Northern pike (Esox lucius)
© Parks Canada / Dorothea Kappler, 1995
Reaching up to a meter in length at maturity, pike are marked as predators by their large mouth and big, sharp teeth. They are opportunists and will eat whatever is available. Though their main prey is fish, they feed heavily on frogs and crayfish at times. Mice, muskrats and ducklings which stray into their path often become dinner as well.