Hook Shot: Angler catches, releases possible Utah state record northern pike

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Pat Bigelow was visiting his daughter from his home in Oregon in October and was invited to go fishing with his son-in-law and his friend.

After getting a bit chilled in the fog, the trio headed for a cove to escape the wind. Pat heard a fish surface and threw his lure in that direction.

He was immediately hooked up with his first northern pike and what would prove the biggest fish of the day. That first fish was 46 inches long. The other four caught before noon were all under 30 inches.

The fish was returned to the reservoir for another angler to enjoy.

For the record, the Utah state record northern pike was caught at Yuba in 2002 and was 25 pounds even and 43 1/2 inches long. The state catch and release record was caught at Lake Powell in 1998 was 49 3/4 inches long. —

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