Pike Family: There are two members of the pike family in North Dakota, the northern pike and muskellunge.
- Long body and long snout with large teeth
- Dorsal fin is located far back on the body
- Commonly have vertical dark bars on their sides, though spotted and clear variations are also found
- Have 6-8 pores on each side of the lower jaw, which helps distinguish them from northern pike
- Have scales only on the upper half of the cheek
Muskie are found in a select few North Dakota waters and can attain lengths exceeding 50 inches.
The tiger muskie (bottom fish in drawing above) is a hybrid, a cross between a female muskellunge and a male northern pike.