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Northern Pike (Esox Lucius)

Imagine being hungry ALL the time, and you might understand how the northern pike feels. This biting fish is widespread and numerous in Minnesota, and that's despite its tendency to lunge at any lure or bait to appease unending hunger. This close cousin to the muskellunge is prized for its white fillets, which some fishermen claim is the tastiest of Minnesota's fish — just watch out for those Y-bones. But watch those teeth! The needle-like blades in its mouth cannot be underestimated. They are predator teeth, after all. Also watch its size. The northern pike can be found in many sizes between zero and 60 inches. 60 inches?! Whoa, that's the average height of a 12-year-old girl.

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