Everything you need to know about filleting northern pike all in one place! Northern pike (or "northerns" as some people call them) are one of the best eating fishing in fresh water. You are missing out if you always throw these firm, flaky, white meat fish back simply because you don't want to deal with the extra Y-bones or slime. It's well worth a few extra minutes on the table to harvest what I consider a better fillet than even the revered walleye! I've cleaned hundreds of pike over the years and I'm giving you everything I know about filleting these tasty critters!