Had Pat Bigelow from Oregon kept the northern pike he caught, it’s possible that his name would have made it in the record books. Bigelow was just visiting his daughter in Utah and he took some time to go fishing with his son-in-law and his friend on the Yuba Reservoir.
Hearing a fish surface, he cast his line and caught what would be the biggest fish of the day, a 46-inch long northern pike–a length that would have slightly surpassed the previous Utah catch-and-keep record.
The current angling record for northern pike in Utah stands at 43 and a half inches in length with a weight of 25 pounds, which was also pulled out of the Yuba Reservoir in 2002. The state catch-and-release record stands at 49 and 3/4 inches in length from Lake Powell in 1998.
Bigelow wanted to give another angler a chance to catch the fish. The group of men went on to catch a few more pike from the reservoir, but all the other fish were under 30 inches.
The video below shows Bigelow’s near-record catch.