He got ‘em.
It’s cool to see a predatory fish in action, but it also goes to show the impact they can have on a water ecosystem with the ability to easily take out desirable species like trout.
Northern pike are one of the most popular game fish in North America, known for their fighting and aggressive feeding behavior. They are also known for their appetite and their ability to eat fish that are nearly their own size.
Northern pike are apex predators that feed on other fish, but will also eat frogs, crayfish, birds and small mammals. They are opportunistic feeders and will eat almost any fish that is available, including other northern pike. Their feeding behavior is characterized by short bursts of high-speed swimming followed by rapid acceleration and a sudden attack on their prey. They typically feed in shallow waters and ambush their prey from behind, using their sharp teeth to grip and hold their prey before they swallow them whole.
Trout are one of the most popular game fish in North America, known for their great taste and the challenge they present to fishermen. They are also a favorite prey item for northern pike. Northern pike will eat any species of trout.
The impact of northern pike on trout populations can be significant, particularly in lakes and rivers. In these environments, northern pike can quickly become the dominant predator, leading to a decline in trout populations.
This pike is seen grabbing onto a brook trout that really isn’t much smaller than itself. It gets it from the side and uses its sharp teeth to hold onto the fighting trout.
It tires the trout out before trying to eat it. The pike puts its head in its mouth and starts trying to swallow the whole trout as it flops away. The pike slowly downs the fish.
That was nothing short of impressive.