Part 5: Symbols

Northern Pike

The Northern Pike

Figure 65. The Northern Pike became the official state fish in 1969. (ND Game and Fish Department)

STATE FISH. The Northern Pike became the state fish of North Dakota in 1969. This fish has spiny fins, a pointed head, and can reach a length of four feet. The Northern Pike is a popular fish for anglers (people who fish). Many people come long distances to fish for Northern Pike in North Dakota.

The record Northern Pike caught in North Dakota weighed 37 pounds 8 ounces. It was caught in Lake Sakakawea in 1968.