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What Kind of Fish? Christian Frank Says ‘Northern Pike’

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Here is another photo captured from inside an office of a downtown Grand Rapids building along the banks of the flooded Grand River.

FOX 17′s Christian Frank “shared” this photo on his Facebook page.  He says he thinks the fish is a Northern Pike.  What do you think?

Rick Mecklenburg said a ‘goldfish’.

There are many more similar looking photos in a FOX 17 gallery here: http://fox17online.com/2013/04/21/your-grand-rapids-area-flooding-pictures/#axzz2RFDJvcEi

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42 Comments to “What Kind of Fish? Christian Frank Says ‘Northern Pike’”

    cheryl said:
    April 22, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    must be a below ground level

    Bill Barr said:
    April 22, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    He's Right- And it looks like a keeper

    Rick m said:
    April 22, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    how is that not leaking?

      Jen said:
      April 23, 2013 at 7:33 AM

      3-4 in of aquarium glass, they were installed in the 80's out of flood fear.

    Phalex said:
    April 22, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Asian carp?

    Jenn said:
    April 22, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    It's a salmon. They can get up to 6 feet long.

      Ray said:
      April 23, 2013 at 9:00 AM

      THEY DO NOT GET 6 FEET LONG !!!!!!!!!

    nick said:
    April 22, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    yes that is a pike and it looks to be about 30 inches or so. The weather striping used in windows now of days is really good the window will break first before it leaks.

    Ben said:
    April 22, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    pike no doubt i can tell by the tail and head

    Wadd said:
    April 22, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    I'ts most Def a shark!!!!

    Dan D said:
    April 22, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Alligator gar, the river is full of them in GR

    patty anderson said:
    April 22, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    steel head

    MeNoDo said:
    April 22, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    No, It's the notorius Brown Trout!

    Samson said:
    April 22, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    This is a huge guppy !

    REALITY said:
    April 22, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    fin of a dumb kayaker

    Matt said:
    April 22, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    Sturgeon

      Tammy said:
      April 22, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      My Husbands agree! He said that the second he saw it on the news!

        Tammy said:
        April 22, 2013 at 10:51 PM

        Husband not Husbands…LOL!

    Snug Hbr Outfitters said:
    April 22, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Northern pike! This time of year they are making their way up swollen rivers to the smaller tributaries to spawn. Looks to be a female ready to lay thousands of eggs. There isn't enough to scale it but i would guess it is around 30" and 10 to 12 lbs.

    Nick said:
    April 22, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    This isn't a northern Pike, has to be a Alligator Gar

    Derp said:
    April 22, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Gator Gar? C'mon. They can't survive in the cold water. There isn't nearly enough oxygen in it. This looks like a sturgeon, to me. I could see it being a VERY thick Pike, or more likely a Muskellunge(which are much more thick than Pike, but the same family)… I mean… a Gar? Seriously?

      theee said:
      April 24, 2013 at 11:11 AM

      I think he means Long Nose Gar and there's a bunch of them in there but it looks too skinny unless it's pregnate

    james said:
    April 22, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Gator Gars CANNOT survive northern winters. Too low of oxygen levels in the water. This is either a swollen Pike, as SnugHbrOutfitters said, Muskellunge(swollen as well), or a smaller Sturgeon.

    Snug Hbr Outfitters said:
    April 22, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    I am going against the sturgeon idea due to the head shape and the size of the pectoral fins. Sturgeon would have a very thick pectoral that is half the size of its own head. Could be a musky…. It would need to in really clean water to tell the difference between the two. Only way to tell while in the water is marking and colors and the water is way to dirty for that. Cool picture none the less.

    Pete Pumphandle said:
    April 22, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Could be a sturgeon, I know a guy who has caught one two different times over the years. People that know 'shark' know who I mean.

      James said:
      April 23, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      Not a sturgeon. No bumps and wrong shaped head. sturgeon is more flat head.

    justin willison said:
    April 22, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    Muskellunge.. too round & too tall for pike dimensions. – (sturgeon? probably not, fins are wrong shape.)

      james said:
      April 23, 2013 at 1:17 AM

      I agree.

    Jenn said:
    April 22, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    Bet I'd be way off base by saying Grouper or Snook? LOL! But if it's a Walleye, send it to Florida! These Floridians love them some Walleye!!!

    west philadelphia said:
    April 22, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    its a goldfish ;p ;p ;p

    Grand Rapids, MI said:
    April 22, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    My husband said it looks like a big carp, because of the tail.

    James said:
    April 23, 2013 at 1:16 AM

    Musky for sure. Eye location from snout and size of eye. fat to tail. Its a musky. think of how big this fish is in the picture!

    Chris said:
    April 23, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    I agree it is an Alligator Gar. They have been spotted near Riverside Park several times lurking in the shallows and brush.

    Jeremy said:
    April 23, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    It's a northern Pike without a doubt! I'm a wildlife specialist and I deal with hundreds of freshwater fish species. You're an idiot if you insist that this fish is an alligator gar.

    J & D Sport Shop said:
    April 23, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    I say Musky

    J & D Sport Shop said:
    April 23, 2013 at 10:35 AM
    Randy Overly Sr said:
    April 23, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    It is a member of the Pike family “Norther/Musky/Tiger Musky. Probably a Northern since they fill the creeks and rivers this time of year to spawn. It would be easy to tell if we could see the patterns on the sides.

    Pam said:
    April 23, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    My son who fishes the river by the 6th st dam a lot says it is a stergeon without a doubt he has hooked them in the past……..

    Valorie said:
    April 23, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Well, lets catch it and find out! It's a fish.

    Brenda said:
    April 23, 2013 at 4:16 PM

    The windows on this particular building are aquarium glass. For just such an emergency. I believe there are a couple of buildings on the riverfront with the same type of window.

    MrAnomalous said:
    April 23, 2013 at 8:12 PM

    Sturgeon?

    Basswacker said:
    April 23, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    It's a Musky, with out a doubt! I fish Pike and Musky and I know, and I'm sure of this. It's NOT a Sturgeon!

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