The photo shows a dead fish washed ashore. Not unusual at a lake. But what caught the eye of Ron and Beth June was the size. This Northern Pike was 27-inches long.
It looks like this one met its end from an injury. If it had lived to its full lifespan, it does make one wonder what it would have grown to. The web says the average size is 20 inches, and it takes only two years to get there. One growth chart suggests pike can grow to a length of 37 inches. The world record? According to this link, a fisherman caught one almost twice as long. Peter Dubuc’s prize catch was 52.5 inches long and weighed 46 lbs 2 oz (September 15, 1940). There is even a plaque to memorialize the occasion.