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    Is this a juvenile northern pike? It uses the fins on it's side to swim and is 2.5-3" long. I think not, but a state trooper thought it might be. It was in the eklutna tailrace.


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    Doesnt look very Pike-like to me from the pic...

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    Pretty tough to tell from the photo even after magnifying it 400%, but it does not look like a baby pike to me.

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    that's a stickleback.
    baby pike look exactly like big pike.... just smaller
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    I thought it did not have enough fins to be a pike, and I don't think pike have fins on their side to swim with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    that's a stickleback.
    baby pike look exactly like big pike.... just smaller

    I concur...and it`s a big one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AK2AZ View Post
    I concur...and it`s a big one.
    a big one what? Sickleback? The officer said he had not seen any that big. Maybe we have a trophy sickleback population at the tailrace.
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    Quote Originally Posted by garnede View Post
    a big one what? Sickleback? The officer said he had not seen any that big. Maybe we have a trophy sickleback population at the tailrace.
    Stickleback, and I haven`t seen one that big since I was a kid...70`s.

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    I do research at UAA with Stickleback and it looks like you have a nice looking male. The Knik system gets a big run of anadromous stickleback which are much larger than the stickleback you find in local lakes (even though they're the same species). As bad a rap as these guys get they are very cool and interesting fish.

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    Definitely a stickleback and I've seen some BIG stickles in the Knik drainage. I catch them on single egss quite often in Jim Creek.

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    I was out to jim creek a couple of weeks ago and saw thousands of stickleback migrating up the knik into the creek. Some of them were as long as 3 inches or so. No kidding, it was very strange to me. I bet that is what your looking at.

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    Stickleback

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    whats the state record on stickleback .....that many stickles have got to be eating alot of baby salmon
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    Makes sense that they are big at Eklutna....they get fed salmon roe all summer that the salmon largely ignore, so it's like a huge buffet for them.

    And I hope the trooper with fish identification problems was just a trooper and not a fish and wildlife trooper....

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    Default troopers...

    don't have to have any biology or management background, just law enforcement.
    fish and wildlife troopers are not associated with the department of F&G in any way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by homerdave View Post
    don't have to have any biology or management background, just law enforcement.
    fish and wildlife troopers are not associated with the department of F&G in any way.
    Of course your are correct, but....it would be expected that the LE know the different species that they are to "Serve and Protect". Rainbow from Steelhead, Silver from Chum, Stickleback from Pike, etc. Too much to expect, I suppose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Akres View Post
    Of course your are correct, but....it would be expected that the LE know the different species that they are to "Serve and Protect". Rainbow from Steelhead, Silver from Chum, Stickleback from Pike, etc. Too much to expect, I suppose.
    Exactly what I was thinking. I know they have nothing to do with F&G, but you would expect a working of knowledge of ID'ing that which you are protecting would be sort of required.

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    He knew that it was not a salmon smolt, and he was a wildlife officer.
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    pike look like pike no matter the size..grew up near a hacthery there were 1000's by the water inlet to there rearing pond 2/3 inchs long and looked mean rite off the bat !!
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