Perfect size Pike.
They become a bony nightmare to clean if they are too large.
You can tell a lot about what they eat by the colour and texture of the meat.
A chum of mine is pulling some out of the river near a power project north of here.
The flesh has slight pink tint to it and they are full of craw fish ( and very nice eating )
South of me an hour is spoon lake.
Their they get too large to eat ( so I put them back ) and they are eating the bass.
The water is warmer and the meat is soft and white ( sometimes a bit wormy ) but they are still good to eat.
Talk about the trash fish.
We never ate the pan fry ( blue gill rock bass white bass ) and never ever the suckers.
I still don't eat the pan fry, but an Italian chum of mine can pickle them and make a really fine treat out them.
But it has to be sucker from cold water and there are some other seasonal criteria.
Same went for a lot off things like the fresh water muscles and craw fish, even the frogs were fair game around the table at our camp.
Good old days....