Behemoth State Record Northern Pike Caught in Idaho

Behemoth State Record Northern Pike Caught in Idaho
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Northern pike tend towards beefiness, but the specimen Thomas Francis pulled from Hayden Lake in North Idaho is a chonky beast even by its species’ standards.

The 40.76-pound, 49-inch-long pike edged out the previous Idaho record-holder, a 40.13-pounder caught in 2010. The fish was so big that it was a struggle to find a certified scale with the chops to provide an accurate weight.

“I immediately headed for the dock to try and find a boat with a scale and tape measure. We found a boat with a scale, and the fish pegged the scale out at 30 pounds, so we knew we needed to find a bigger scale,” the angler told IDFG.

Thomas Francis with his Idaho record-breaking northern pike; (photo/Idaho Fish and Game)

Francis, an experienced pike angler, knew as soon as the fish hit his lure that he “had something special.”

“She pinned herself to the bottom…

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