If you still have not answered the questions to last months pike and muskie newsletter, here are the answers:
- Q: What water temperature do these fish prefer?
A: mid 60s- low 70s. When pike reach 30 inches and more they prefer water temperatures of 50-55F
- What are the main differences in color and tail shape between pike and muskie?
A: Pike: green with rows of light oval shaped spots, with a rounded tail that has dark spots. Muskie: silver or light green with dark bars and spots with a sharper tail with or without dark spots.
- Q: Where can you find these fish in shallow natural lakes during the late fall and winter?
A: deep, rocky humps and deep holes surrounded by shallow lakes waters with high oxygen levels.
- Q: Where can you find these fish in rivers during the early spring through to spawning?
A:shallow back water lakes in big rivers, seasonally flooded sloughs in small rivers.
- Q: What kind of bait is preferred for these fish in weedy cover?
A: Spinnerbaits and bucktails.
- Q: When is spoon fishing the best technique?
A: when you are a beginner but also for seasoned fishers since they are ideal for trolling.
- Q: TRUE/FALSE: Ice fishing pike yeilds the best results when you use a live or dead fish bait on a 25-40 pound braided superline with a braided wire leader and a size 2/0 to 6/0 single hook.
- Q: When do pike and muskie spawn?
A: Pike will spawn in the early spring when water reaches low-mid 40s, muskies a few week later.
- Q: What are hybrids of pike and muskie called?
A: Tiger muskies
- Q: What does pike and muskies diet consist of?
A: Mostly fish but they have been known to eat frogs, mice, ducklings, and even muskrats.