State record alert: Hayden Lake angler catches and releases longest northern pike

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Scott Kerns

North Idaho angler Scott Kerns now holds the the Idaho catch-and-release record for Northern Pike. He caught a 44-inch northern pike while ice fishing on Hayden Lake in early March 2017. The fish, weighing approximately 33 lbs, was a true trophy for any angler.

Kerns wasn't the first person to catch this particular fish. Fish and Game biologists caught, tagged, and released this large northern pike as part of a fisheries study on Hayden Lake in 2015. Kerns reported the tag information on this fish, helping Fish and Game biologists better understand the Hayden Lake fishery.

Learn more information about Fish and Game's catch-and-release record program