Posted 14 July 2014 - 01:23 PM
Mostly fishes, but leeches, crayfish and frogs are important forage for pikes depends on the season. In Aug, pikes will feeding on frogs heavily, especially when they emerged recently from the metamorphosis. In some lakes, pikes will feeding on leeches during late summer/early fall months. Pikes in the rivers, it seems that they loved crayfish and I always found the crayfish parts in the stomach contents after I caught the pikes for supper. In my experience its depend on what's most common forage in a specific lake. In some lakes where fathead minnows can be overabundant that even a monster pike can get fat on them solely. In some lakes that holds eelpout populations, pikes will feeding on YOY eelpouts in late summer when the YOY eelpouts are migrating from shallow parts to deeper parts. Some lakes that doesn't have enough soft rayed fishes so the pikes will focus on either sunfish (mostly smaller bluegills or orange spotted) or bullheads. Perch, smelt, ciscoes, shiners, chubs, suckers, shads and goldeye/mooneye are preferred diet for larger northerns.