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UPDATE THE HUNT IS OFF
Biologist are no longer willing to do DNA analysis of suspect fish and thus the hunt is officially closed . Thank you for all of your support thru the years.
Heres Some Blue Pike Facts:
The blue pike was pursued intensely by commercial and sport fishers, who together landed a billion pounds of the fish between 1885 and 1962. At times, the blue pike made up more than 50 percent of the commercial catch in Lake Erie. During the 1900s, several non-native species of fish were introduced to the Great Lakes, including the sea lamprey, alewife, and rainbow smelt. These contributed to the decline of the blue pike through predation and competition.The population crashed in 1958, but the species lingered on until it became "officially" extinct in 1970. In the same general time period, three other species of fish endemic to the Great Lakes also disappeared. These were the deepwater Cisco (C. Johanna) in the 1950's, native to Lake Huron and Lake Michigan; the black fin Cisco (Coregonus nigripinnis) in the 1960s, native to all of the Lakes except Erie; and the longjaw Cisco (C. alpenae) in the 1970's, native to Lakes Erie, Huron and Michigan.
Still today, there remains conflicting stories about its demise. Many Fishermen report catching Blue Colored Pike in lakes in Canada and Minnesota. Rumors have for years abounded about the Blue Pike translocated by private individuals and government stocking programs outside their Great Lakes homes and still carrying on. Could it be true?
We believe there is a reasonable chance the Blue Pike is still out there.