Eric Dingess caught more than he bargained for in the Little Spokane River last week.
Celebrating his 13th birthday, Dingess was casting a hook plastered with Power Bait into the stream just north of Pineriver Park looking for the normal fair of small trout or suckers
The earth seemed to shake when he hooked a 28-inch northern pike. After a short fight, the pike’s sharp teeth cut the line. But Dingess tied on a Wedding Ring spinner, pressed on some more Power Bait and cast it toward the weeds where the pike had escaped.
The fish came out slowly and took the spinner. Dingess landed the fish, which was weighed at 6 pounds.
Pike are thought to have washed down the Spokane River years ago from illegal introductions made in Lake Coeur d’Alene. The Washington state record pike of 32 pounds, 3 ounces was caught last year downstream from the mouth of the Little Spokane in Long Lake.