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Removing Y Bones from a Northern Pike

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More than a decade ago, in the middle of a statewide surge in northern pike fishing, North Dakota OUTDOORS published a popular how-to article on removing northern pike Y bones. Now, we’re on the verge of another pike fishing boom following two stellar year-classes in 2009 and 2010 that were just as good, or perhaps better, than those of the mid-1990s. While there is more than one way to remove bones from pike, this simple method worked for many readers in the 1990s, and as such we think it’s time for a refresher.