Y Bone Remake
Northern pike are ambush predators that feed about any time of the day, providing quality fishing opportunities for anglers in many waters across North Dakota. “Pike fishing opportunities in North Dakota are less than what they were 10 years ago, but way more than what they were 30 years ago,” said Greg Power, North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries chief. “We are still on solid ground today when it comes to fishing for pike. The beauty of these fish is that they are found in waters pretty much statewide.”
Yet, while pike are fun to catch and provide quality table fare, especially when caught in the cold waters of winter and spring, they can be intimidating to clean for some due to the Y bones unique to this fish.
About 10 years ago, the Game and Fish Department produced a how-to video on removing Y bones from northern pike. Quickly, it became must-watch TV, so to speak, for anglers wanting to properly prepare pike for the table.