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WTF Happened to These Pike?! 😱 (WEIRD PIKE BEHAVIOUR)

Super strange pike behaviour filmed in a small Swedish river during the spring. What are they doing?! Do you have any idea? Leave a comment!

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39 comments

  1. they moving to there spawning ground , swiming in group is not so rare in the spring

  2. They look more like muskies than pike ! I saw a video of muskies stacking up like this under a weir . They were behaving like this and every now and then one would try to jump over the sill of the weir . They were getting pretty smashed up trying to get up river. Apparently they were trying to get to their spawning grounds . It's on YouTube somewhere if anyone can be arsed to have a search 😶

  3. Looks like they are swimming🤔

  4. I think it‘s just the poor water quality. But I think it can’t really be the oxygen because we do see bubbles on the surface! And I would love to win the bait!!

  5. kyle strickland

    moving towards more oxygen rich water?

  6. kyle strickland

    moving towards more oxygen rich water?

  7. Might be in cause of bad water quality. Never seen something like this before. Freaky…

  8. Alexander Uppling

    Think they are heading to the spaning point

  9. Sånt har jag sett gädda göra när dom följer efter betesfisk eller söker. i mitt fall va det när dom följde efter en grupp med id.

  10. Reasonable Tech Reviewer

    The pike population in that river/lake have probably through natural selection and evolution found a way to cooperate and start to hunt in a school. xD ((To clarify this is just a joke))

  11. Elias Peltokorpi

    Migrating to spawn, probably warmer, cleaner or more oxygen rich water near the surface

  12. Ganska säker på att det finns ett vandringshinder just uppströms platsen där detta har filmats. Har observerat det på flera olika platser. Kanske något som går att åtgärda? Tipsa Sportfiskarnas Rovfiskprojekt!

  13. Pedro Gonçalves

    Probably low oxigen. Or preparing orgy…

  14. Probably they are blending in trying to look like salmon , then strike in numbers like pirana on any possible game, maby a bear 😂. Now Idea , weard behavior.

  15. Going home after a heavy night out on the whiskey…… no really… I would guess post spawn migration back to deeper water to recuperate, strange being on the surface though

  16. i dont know, but see this in US near dams a lot late spring and early summer

  17. fredrik johannes

    They are dropping their eggs in the current.

  18. Hi,
    i live directly at a place where a bigger stream and a small stream cross.
    I often see similar behavoir of pike there in the springtime.
    Here they are living in the colder but deeper stream. And they rest in the place where the smaller stream comes into the bigger.
    I think there are 3 possibilitys:

    1. they "warm up", maybe for preparation to spawn or to regenerate after spawning (as we know, warmer water brings up their metabolism

    2. they regenerate: we know that carp sometimes jump and some people think they do it maybe because of parasites. the pikes i see in this example always have some parasites – as many have during the winter. maybe they try to get rid of them (which explaines why the are so close to the water surface.

    3. the try to re-migrate to their former water for spawning.

    I think it is about the warm water because they are on the water surface…

  19. starting to spawn

  20. Just getting ready to spawn!

  21. Ludvig Löfström

    Mabe they just think is essay to swim like that in that lake.

  22. The pike are either congregating to spawn or they are dieing of oxygen depletion

  23. hunting in pack?

  24. Karl-Dennis Nordlöf

    Yes, fisken vill vandra vidare. Kommer inte längre, kan tyda uppdämningarna en aning då det inte rinner vatten över dom vid tillfället han filmar videon.

  25. they are trying to flex så att säga

  26. there hand feed

  27. there hand feed

  28. Looks like the pike is going upstream for spawning. My grandfather has told me that his mom used to go out with a landing net next to the windmil in the spring and just pick them up in the spring.

  29. Looks like the pike is going upstream for spawning. My grandfather has told me that his mom used to go out with a landing net next to the windmil in the spring and just pick them up in the spring.

  30. Erik Augustsson Roos 03

    it is to hot

  31. Erik Augustsson Roos 03

    it is to hot

  32. I think they get more salt for the water on the top there maybe

  33. I think they get more salt for the water on the top there maybe

  34. Dying or spawning

  35. Dying or spawning

  36. This is likely a pre-spawning formation. It’s certainly the correct time of the year for it. during March / April.

    Male pike arrive at the spawning sites a few days before the females are ready to spawn, and can arrive in great numbers, and it can become quite competitive between males which will tend to hold best positions in the most disirable spawning locations, and thes are usually in the grassy shallows holding tight to the bottom of the river or lake in the sheltered margins. Males find a good spot and the conserve energy.

    The fish in the footage are predominately likely to be large females keeping there distance from the males until they are ready to spawn. The big females usauly move down stream from the males and tend to hold up in the deeper more fast flowing water away from the eager to spawn males. This way they are not releasing any chemicals which would excite the males. It’s also safer for them to be positioned at the surface as apposed the gravel bed, as the surface is more difficult for the males to rub-up the females which can be exhausting for them.

    Lastly in the footage we can see the classic V- formation, this is a bit of a guess on my belalf, but perhaps this is similar to the formations created by migrating geese to conserve energy using slipstreams. The fish in the footage are in relatively fast flowing water, so it’s wise for females to conserve their energy for spawning in the shallows when there finally ready.

    Only when conditions are perfect for spawning, and the large females become ready to spawn females make their way up stream into the shallow water attracting a number of smaller males. The males follow the females where spawning will happen in water less than 15 centimetres deep.

    Al Stewart, Horsham, England

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