You never know what you may catch when ice fishing. For Zach Nunemacher, it was the day he reeled in the biggest pike he's ever caught…a 31 pound, 46.5 inch northern pike!
When most people think of ice fishing in the Panhandle Region up in Northern Idaho, they picture fishing for panfish, bass, trout or kokanee. On Feb. 12, a few avid anglers were wrapping up their day of ice fishing on Hayden Lake, when one of their flags popped up and things got pretty exciting. Although this fish didn't break the current record, it was an experience the anglers will never forget and a great example of unique trophy fishing opportunities that could occur during the winter while ice fishing. Zach's dad, Mike, recounts the exciting experience: "The fish made several good runs, which made Zach realize the power and size of the fish he had hooked. Once the fish reached the ice hole he knew it was a big fish. Our first attempt to get the fish on ice failed and the fish swam off for another run. Zach patiently brought the fish back to the ice hole for the second time and we landed the fish. We high-fived and enjoyed the moment. What a perfect day on the ice."