A Zander grows up to 2 feet (60 cm) long and weighs up to 16 ½ pounds (7.5 kg.) It has a greyish-green back and white skin on its belly, and a very large mouth with fangs for attacking prey (though the mouth is not as large as that of a Pike.) They swallow their prey head or tail first.
A female can lay up to 2 million eggs a year in pale yellow clumps on waterbed or on plants. The male guards the eggs for the 5 to 10 days that it will take them to hatch.
When young, zander will hunt their prey collectively in schools; when older it hunts and lives on its own. They have very good eyesight and often hunt at night or in muddy waters.
A zander has lean, firm, white, delicate flesh, with less bone than Pike. Many consider it quite tasty.
Zander is usually steamed or broiled. In Bavaria, it is sometimes cooked in a mustard crust.
Zander is native to Eastern Europe though was introduced into England in 1878 and into the Ouse River in East Anglia in 1963. It has been such a successful predator that efforts to control it are now underway.
Many Fishermen in England call the Zander “Zeds” . It is also known as “Pike-Perch”.