Northern pike are called “northern” for a reason–they very much are a cool-water fish. In southeast Nebraska most of our waters are too warm to support northern pike, but when we have a new reservoir like Wanahoo it does offer some pike habitat at least for a few years. For now, anglers have the rare opportunity to catch some pike in eastern Nebraska at Lake Wanahoo, but I fully expect that as that man-made reservoir ages, habitat conditions will change and there probably will be fewer pike.
I would not rule out pike reproduction in Wanahoo and we do see some natural reproduction of walleyes in a lot of the small- to medium-size reservoirs in eastern Nebraska. However, we do not expect natural reproduction of pike or walleyes in those habitats to sustain populations, so we will continue to stock those species.