Volume 19 of the series Fish and Fisheries Series pp 125-156

Pike and some aspects of its dependence on vegetation

  • M. P. Grimm
  • , M. Klinge

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Pike, Esox lucius, normally inhabit the lower river areas in the temperate region. They are found in the slower-flowing parts of the river, and in the pools and lakes amidst wetlands associated with its lower reaches. Here the biotic and abiotic characteristics fluctuate widely according to season: in the spring, high water run-off can produce extensive inundated areas; during summer, waters retreat and rich stands of submerged vegetation develop; in the autumn and winter, vegetation decays, and ice and snow cover may occur. These changes all coincide with wide variations in pH and dissolved oxygen.