There is no body of water on this earth other than a fish tank where one has a "good chance" of hooking a 30" pickerel. The diff between a 27" and a 30" pickerel is huge. Since 27" is right around their maximum size it may not grow any more at all till it dies. I have seen 7.5# picks from LI lakes and they can grow large here, but to say anything close to someone having a good chance at catching one is pure hyperbole.
A spring or two ago. A friend and myself were looking for some crappies @ the middle twin. No action except for some small gills.
So we decided to check out the South lake for a few minutes before calling it a day. Its was cold with a slushy snow the day before.
The first spot we approached i see a bluegill running for its life. A few minutes later another then another. A few quick lure changes to find something to match the hatch. I tie on a grass-hopper colored tube, weightless.
First cast gets crushed as i twitch it across the surface. A nice healthy 23 in. pickeral is at my side.
The next 3 casts resulted in 2 more pickeral crushing the tube. All over 23 in.
After a 10 min. lull, i cast and let the tube just sit on the surface as i lite up a smoke. Just then it gets smashed. I set the hook and can tell this fish is stronger then the others. After a spirited battle the fish is in my grip. She measured 27 in and had some serious girth. Just a great looking fish.
To say that was the largest fish in the lake is a little far fetched. So a 30 in. fish is not out of the question. If the fish i caught grew an inch a year and is still alive it would be pushing 30 in. right now.
That day ended with me catching 7 pickeral with none under 23in. Had a blast....
I agree that you could not know what is in Mass. Res. till you drain it. I can only go by experience. 24 years of fishing that lake does teach you a few thing. And i have not seen a pickeral in the actual lake in many moons.
When i was a young kid, we did transport some nice pickeral and crappies from another lake and dumped them in. (we were young and did not know better)So i knew there was a few , way back when.
I can only say that logging many hours on this lake stalking bass, carp and trout have resulted in 0 pickeral caught or seen.....
As far as eels go, we use to fish them with dead killies from the Kiwanis fishing bridge casting under Clark Blvd. We did it at night, enjoying a few cold ones.. Its been a long time since i even thought of that fishing we use to do.