The Pike

Esox lucius. The Pike. Body elongate; head 3-1/3; depth 5; eye 6; B. 14 to 16; D. 16 or 17; A. 13 or 14; scales 125; cheeks entirely covered with scales; lower half of opercles naked, upper half with scales.

The pike is more generally known in the United States as "pickerel," and sometimes as the great northern pickerel to distinguish it from the pickerel, properly so-called. In England the young pike is a pickerel, an older one a jack, and the mature fish a pike. In England and continental Europe the pike (E. lucius) is the only species of the family inhabiting their waters, while there are five species of the family[138] in America, which makes it all the more confusing when the name "pickerel" is applied indiscriminately to all,—
even the mascalonge being sometimes alluded to as an "overgrown pickerel."


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Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others,
by James Alexander Henshall
Published 1903
Available from www.gutenberg.org


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