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Fish Identification

Postby D17A1 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:21 pm

Went out southeast of Ottawa and caught these guys. Anyone else have a bit of trouble identifying pike vs muskie? (Relatively new fisherman here).
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Re: Fish Identification

Postby lape0019 » Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:38 pm

Those are all Pike.

Easiest thing to remember are Pike are dark with white spots and musky are white with dark lines. Also, the tails of
Musky are more red and the tips are more pointed for the most part.
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Re: Fish Identification

Postby RJ » Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:11 pm

Pike. I do suggest you get some pictures for reference before you start bringing fish home. A musky that size from any body of water around here is illegal to keep, just a friendly heads up!

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Re: Fish Identification

Postby BigC » Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:59 am

Hopefully this helps. As RJ hinted at huge difference in the way both are managed.
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That's how you tell them apart, this is what you want them to look like.. :lol: :lol:
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Re: Fish Identification

Postby 613wetline » Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:47 pm

nice catch, but please look into the rules for zone you are fishing in. If they were muskies im sure you would receive a not so enjoyable visit from conservation officers and either given a ticket or summons to appear. The Ottawa River (zone 12) they must exeed 54" and the Rideau River(zone 18 i beleive) 44" Its an anglers choice when in legal size but please dont keep muskies, they arent good eats..
again nice catch, pike are alot of fun
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Re: Fish Identification

Postby Yannick Loranger » Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:48 am

613wetline wrote: the Rideau River(zone 18 i beleive) 44"

Yes zone 18, but 36'' minimum.
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Re: Fish Identification

Postby Lunker Larry » Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:33 pm

Yannick. You have to look in the Exceptions. The Rideau is stated there with a size limit of 44".
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Re: Fish Identification

Postby Yannick Loranger » Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:31 pm

Oops. My bad. I'll stick to the Ottawa.
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Re: Fish Identification

Postby BrentS89 » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:39 pm

Muskie also have a limit of 1 with a Sport license, 0 with Conservation license.
Pike are 6 and 2.
Be aware of the zone you are fishing the species, limits and the type of license you have.
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