DNR Q & A: Northern pike like cold temps

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:

Q. Which fish species are the first to spawn in Minnesota lakes during the spring?

A. 

Northern pike usually spawn first when water temperatures are in the low 40s. There is often still ice on the main lakes when pike run into tributary streams, rivers or wetlands to spawn. 

Walleye spawn a bit later, followed by yellow perch, muskellunge, bass and crappie/bluegill.

 

Henry Drewes, DNR regional fisheries manager

For more information, call the DNR information line at 296-6157 or go to the DNR Web site at www.dnr.state.mn.us.

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