Pike caught in Kaskaskia River

June 17, 2010 at 06:53 AM

Belleville angler Jason Smith recently caught a northern pike out of the Kaskaskia River below New Athens.

Pike are very rare in the lower Kaskaskia River and fisheries biologist Randy Sauer said the fish likely came from a stocking of pike at Peabody River King State Fish and Wildlife Area. “Some of those cool strip-mine lakes, pike can do well in because they are well vegetated, and that’s kind of their preferred habitat,” Sauer said. “The last couple of springs of high water, the river probably inundated some of that River King area, and the pike escaped into the river.”

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