Nice, Zander over 25lbs are routine in europe. But a different species that walleye as different as sauger.. The redfinned perch is related to our yellow perch but also a different species. Their Northern pike though is the same species... interesting is that european pike fishermen still come to Canada regularly to try to catch lots of giant pike. Lots of the Giant pike in europe are caught on private waters (pay for fishing) with trophy fish all released. Public waters don't have the big ones. Northern pike could grow that big here if left alive to grow that big, warmer waters with lots of food would grow some big female pike.
I remember hearing stories of divers inspecting the garrison dam and seeing large slender bodies of fish swimming by, has anyone else heard of such tales. I believe it to be northern pike or musky, unless there is a picture no truth in the story.
We've been hearing stories like that as long as I have been alive whether it's Garrison Dam or New Town Bridge or a plane crash or someone drove their car in. Now if there is any relevance to these sturgeon are definitely a possibility, or maybe a paddlefish. Pike or musky I don't think would have anything to do with these stories. The story I heard first hand wasn't nearly as amazing as the old ones we keep hearing. A guy I know that frequently dives says that catching a 40 pound pike could be a possibility. That's a huge pike but nowhere near the typical "diver" story that travels around.