The pike is the largest and most powerful fish in the freshwater of Europe. It is a predatory fish with an elongated body and a dorsal fin that sits far back. The pike grows up to 1.50 metres long. It has a long head and a flattened mouth full of sharp teeth. It can weigh up to 25 kilograms. The belly is whitish or yellowish.
The pike can be found in almost any freshwater, except in small streams. It avoids strong currents and looks for a place where it can stay and hide well and lie in wait for prey.
Pike are often well hidden near the shore, waiting for smaller fish such as roach, rudd or perch. Good fishing spots are in reeds, lily pads, under jetties, in sunken roots or under overhanging trees. Pike strike out of ambush at lightning speed.