How to Grow Pikes

How to Grow Pikes

The ice and snow have already melted and for someone it means the time of pike. Right now you’ll see some photos from the place where this fish is grown.

How to Grow Pikes

How to Grow Pikes

How to Grow Pikes

These guys found a small wooden shed close to the river and bought some pools.

How to Grow Pikes

The shed must be clean.

How to Grow Pikes

Then they made such plexiglass incubator sections.

How to Grow Pikes

Pumps, compressors, aerators were connected with hoses and the water was let in.

How to Grow Pikes

The tummy must be toweled dry and then the caviar can be drained off.

How to Grow Pikes

Be kind to the fish and stroke its tummy and it will give you about 45 thousand eggs.

How to Grow Pikes

It’s much more difficult with male fishes, stroking their tumies is not enough. Milt is pumped out with a syringe.

How to Grow Pikes

We won’t need a lot of milts though.

How to Grow Pikes

Now the most interesting process is starting: fertilization. What we need to do is to carefully mix these products up with a quill.

How to Grow Pikes

The fertilized eggs are drained into an incubator (separate one for each female!) and the water is turned on.

How to Grow Pikes

Caviar in the incubator looks just like this.

How to Grow Pikes

White eggs are either dead or about to die. It’s normal to lose 40% of caviar in such a business. But here they lose less than 30%! Because they love what they do.

The water is pumped from below separately to each incubator, its amount depends on amount of caviar and its age. The water rises up and flows into the pool.

How to Grow Pikes

Dead eggs are lighter than live ones.  The pikes are mostly given a tender kiss and set free. But some are not.

How to Grow Pikes

In the nets muscrats can be found, they are quite harmful for the business.

How to Grow Pikes

What happens to those fishes which were finally killed? They gonna be eaten in dumplings…

How to Grow Pikes

And it’s not the worst which could happen with them!

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3 thoughts on “How to Grow Pikes”

  1. Are pike that desirable in the fishmarkets?

    It seems that these people are really working hard for their “crop”.

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  2. Living in the north central US I can’t say I’ve ever seen Northern Pike for sale. I’ve caught/eaten plenty of it thou, tastes fine like Walleye. Just a major pain in the ass to clean from the bones.

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