Just like the Muskie population in Mille Lacs Lake, the northern pike population has exploded as well. The Pike population has never been like this in the last 30 years, this year the pike are very abundant. The decision by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was to increase the bag limit and season lenth for northern pike. I know there's a good portion of fisherman that don't like to fish for them, but northern pike present a relatively untapped potential for fishing fun. They will give up a decent fight, especially when they reach enormous size like the one seen in this photo. Anglers can keep 10 northern pike, including one longer than 30 inches, which represents an increase of seven fish more than last year's limit.