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Northern PikeEcology, Conservation, and Management History$
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Rodney B. Pierce

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816679546

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816679546.001.0001

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Conservation and Management of Northern Pike

Conservation and Management of Northern Pike

(p.91) Chapter 3 Conservation and Management of Northern Pike
Northern Pike

Rodney B. Pierce

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter outlines the history and development of northern pike conservation and management in Minnesota. Concerns about the small sizes of pike in many lakes with large pike populations first emerged in the 1980s. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MMDNR) responded by implementing expanded bag limits, in an attempt to reduce numbers of pike by allowing people to keep more small pike from high-density, slow-growing populations. Unfortunately, creel surveys showed that anglers did not use the expanded bag limits even after they claimed they would. The MMDNR eventually approved the creation of fish hatches to serve as an alternative to natural reproduction.

Keywords:   northern pike conservation, northern pike management, Minnesota, natural reproduction, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, fish hatches

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