In the upper Midwest, where I do most of my fishing, there are a ton of lakes that are infested with small pike. These fish are fun to catch on light spinning tackle, but they can be tough to eat. Pike meat tastes great, but pike fillets have a line of y-bones running right through the middle of them. On mid-sized pike (24-30 inches) it’s easy to remove these y-bones. On the snake pike, it’s hard to remove the y-bones and still get a good-sized fillet. So fishermen usually keep the mid-sized pike and throw back the littler guys. On lakes that see pressure, this creates a fishery that’s caught in a cycle of lots of little pike, a few mid-sized pike, and even fewer trophy pike.