The pike perch is fast. They prefer to hunt smelt, but crabs and other small sea creatures also make up their diet. Their exceptional appetit make them very fast-growing fish.
The back of the pike perch is grey-green with multiple dark vertical rings. Its belly is white, but the male's darkens during the spawning period. The pike perch hunts at the surface of the water in the morning and evening, staying well hidden on the ocean floor when not looking for prey.