The Silver Pike world record was 48 inches up until 2014 when Karle Warnke of Ohio broke it with a 49 inch monster. Karle was fishing at Northeast Bay on Lake Evans late in the season when he caught and released the rare beast. It is considered a mutation but was recognized as a record worthy fish.
Silver phase northern pike are commonly called silver pike. The silver phase northern pike appears to be a genetic mutation of northern pike, although little is known about these fish. The silver pike is similar to northern pike, but differs in appearance. It usually has a silvery-blue body, the eyes tend to be proportionately larger, and the jaw straighter than northern pike.
Scientists now think silver pike will only breed with other silver pike. Laboratory crosses between silver pike and northern pike have produced offspring with coloration that resembles neither parent.
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