A few weeks ago while fishing on Loon we caught a northern that was colored almost white. It had the same striping but the color did not match other northern. I have caught many many northern's in the BWCAW but have never caught one with this coloring. Any thoughts???
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I never knew about silver northerns but it probably explains the one I had on in Eddy lake in 2000. It was a real big one that fought like hell. I had it up to the boat several times but couldn't get him in before he broke the 8Lb test line.
It was like the one in the photos and had an almost light purple cast to it. It was the hardest fighting weirdest looking pike I ever saw. It came completely out of the water 2 times and must have gone over 40 inches. All I wanted was his picture...
Looks like a normal Northern Pike to me. The particular food and water in the area can make fish look very different. The genetics from fish to fish can also make a huge difference, just like it does for people.
It sounds like the silver pike won't have striping at all. Maybe it was a cross between a silver pike and a normal pike? I guess I don't know if the coloration would mix or if it would just be one or the other.
I've never heard of an albino pike, but I guess anythings possible.
I caught 2 very unusual pike on my first trip through the BWCA in 1992. They were small (12-15"), and were silvery-blue with a distinct irridesence. They were shaped just like any Northern or Muskie I have caught.
I am used to seeing lake-to-lake color differences in both pike and bass (small and large mouth) so I thought at the time it was some kind of cross breed that I hadn't seen, never having been in the pristine wilderness before then.
We caught them on the move in a small, unlikely lake in the vicinity of Snowbank, so I don't even know if we shot pictures. I'll look in the old albums to see...
Interesting points; Silver pike, sometimes called silver muskellunge, lack the rows of spots and appear silver, white, or silvery-blue in color. When ill Silver pike have been known to display a somewhat purplish hue, long illness is also the most common cause of male sterility. They have been known to attack swimmers in fresh water.
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