The Ultimate Pike Spawning Quiz

By: Staff

4 Min Quiz

When is the best time for pike fishing?

One of the best times for pike fishing is during spawning season.

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Where do pike spawn?

They migrate to their favorite spawning waters.

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Do the females attract the males to mate with them?

They don't actually mate. It is a non-sexual reproduction.

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When do the females release their eggs?

The males entice the females to release their eggs by nudging the females' abdomens with their tails.

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How are the eggs inseminated?

The males release clouds of seminal fluid around the female to increase chances of fertilization.

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How many eggs can be released by the female?

Pike can lay between 25,000 and 225,000 eggs.

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Why is spawning season good for fishing?

That is when large concentrations of enthusiastic pike are looking to spawn.

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What is the purpose of milt?

It is the seminal fluid that fertilizes the eggs.

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How do the eggs hatch?

The eggs attach to vegetation.

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What affects the time taken for hatching?

Water temperature affects the time it takes the eggs to hatch.

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For how long do the females care for their young?

They don't look after their young. Soon after releasing their eggs they leave the area.

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What do the females do after spawning?

They go on a binge, eating anything they can swallow -- including male pike.

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What do both male and female pike do before spawning?

They eat as much as they can, since they lose interest in food during the spawning process.

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Is there a problem fishing during the pre-spawning season?

Check that pre-spawning fishing is legal in your state.

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Which females release more eggs?

The bigger females release more eggs and also draw more males.

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How do the newly hatched pike attach themselves to vegetation during growing and while resting?

They have a sticky patch on their heads that allows them to attach and detach like a sticky note. This patch disappears after they mature.

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When does spawning season begin?

It depends on water temperature, which needs to be at least 40 degrees F (4.4 C).

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Who spends the longer period in the spawning area?

The male moves in a couple of weeks before the females and stay for a couple of weeks after.

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Where do you find the largest pike?

Because of the larger amount of food available, you find larger pike in rivers.

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What is the best bait to use during pre-spawning?

They are so hungry it doesn't matter if you use live or artificial bait, but most states have regulations concerning live bait.

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About This Quiz

If you want to improve your chances of a good pike catch, concentrate your efforts on the spawning season. To learn more about the spawning habits of pike, take this quiz.

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