Props to our new member mojo for admitting to eating pike. I have eaten some we caught in Quebec, but they are plentiful b/c even the Canadians don't like them, prefer walleyes.
The y bones of pike are not intended for people who eat in a hurry, like me, even though the white meat of a fresh-caught pike grilled lakeside is good. My favorite is fat yellow perch, if they are big enough.
And Stormcaster, I respect your knowledge of the Hudson, but once after fishing all day for Hudson stripers in upstate NY, the only thing I had to show for it was a 6 lb catfish caught before leaving. I cleaned the fish well, cut out belly parts, and baked that sucker. De-lish! No toxicity discovered (though it might have damaged my brain and way of thinkin').
However, Stormcaster does make a good point about knowing the area where you take your fish from. Many NJ & NY river and brackish areas were dumping grounds for years. Now the waters are clean, but some areas still contain PCBs and other chemicals buried in the mud. This is really not something to leave to chance. Some areas have signs posted telling you where it's not safe to eat the fish, esp crabs, b/c of the way they feed.
I would say, when in doubt, don't eat it (good as a general rule for food and realtionships). - Dark