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Northern Pike Teeth - Do They Lose Them & When?

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Do northern pike lose their teeth in the winter or any season of the yr? When?

People are telling me there lose there teeth in the winter and summer.

I google this seem to find mixed questions.

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I was always told this was a fake...some people would say muskie's lose their teeth too, that's why they aren't caught very often in the winter. I think this is false..but maybe we could send this in to mythbusters?

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A buddy told me that they lose they teeth during the winter. I thought the same thing yeah right and laughed about it. Well last week we caught about 6 small pike and no teeth. I still didn't believe it because they were so small. Then I hauled in a 35 in. pig and I noticed no teeth again so being on the edge I felt around in it's mouth and there only found one small tooth less than an 1/8 of an inch. Myth busted!!! They do lose there teeth. One of the little guys still had a good amount though so don't get comfortable lippen them. eek

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Doesn't happen. They loose teeth here and there but not all once during the winter.

The other version of the myth is that they loose them in the dog days of summer and that's why they are tougher to catch during that time.

What happens to the teeth of northern pike in winter? I have heard people say the fish lose their teeth in February and don't bite as often on bait. Others have said that the teeth in some fish appear to be loose at this time of year.

John Berklich, Hibbing

There's a long-standing belief, likely begun by ancient anglers in search of an excuse for their lousy luck, that northern pike lose teeth at certain times of the year. In fact, this is nothing but a fishy folk tale. According to DNR fish biologist Don Pereira, northerns may occasionally lose teeth in an unfortunate run-in with particularly tough prey or bait, but there's no evidence they do so regularly. For more on northern pike, see "For the Love of Pike" (May-June 2003).

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A buddy told me that they lose they teeth during the winter. I thought the same thing yeah right and laughed about it. Well last week we caught about 6 small pike and no teeth. I still didn't believe it because they were so small. Then I hauled in a 35 in. pig and I noticed no teeth again so being on the edge I felt around in it's mouth and there only found one small tooth less than an 1/8 of an inch. Myth busted!!! They do lose there teeth. One of the little guys still had a good amount though so don't get comfortable lippen them. eek

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they will lose there big teeth on the outside of there mouth. but not the small ones on the inside. dont know why but i see it often. i havent put any asumption with losing there teeth and not biting, but i usally spear so they dont usally bite anything eather. they are a bit less agressave with no teeth.

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Every time I catch a pike, I jam my hand in its mouth to make sure it has teeth. A fish without teeth would be no fun :P

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If memory serves me correctly, I read somewhere that pike lose teeth regularly much like a shark. The back rows slowly move forward to replace the ones lost. It's an on-going thing throughout their lifetime. I'm going on memory here so take it for what it's worth.

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Hiya -

Another in a long list of fisherman's excuses for not catching fish. smile

Pike and muskies do lose a tooth here and there - they break them off I suppose. Someplace around here I have a VERY large tooth a muskie left stuck in a wooden bait a couple years ago. (Fish wasn't that big, but he had some chompers...). OTOH, I caught one the same year that was dang near a gummer - almost no big teeth on the bottom jaw.

Anyhow, one here and there due to wear and tear, but no seasonal loss like deer shedding their antlers

Cheers,

Rob Kimm

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I have read articles from the DNR that says this is a myth but we have caught several large pike with almost no teeth. I have never caught a musky that has lost a majority of their teeth? Here is a link to a pike we caught last March and you can see that most of the teeth are missing. 

 

It is interesting why and how this happens. I will try and dig up some more info.....

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As RK said they lose them throughout the year and they are constantly replaced. Really they only have a few bigger teeth. If they were missing just 2 of them it could easily appear to be a gummer to you. It won't affect their temperament though, pike don't chew. They only need the teeth to hold onto what they catch. Even without the big teeth they still have enough to do it. And for the bite size bits many of us fish with they'll just completely inhale it anyway.

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Who has pics of  pike with no fish teeth? :) 

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