Brian Pavlis caught and released a 40 1/2-inch northern pike from a Chicago harbor over the weekend, another sign of the building pike fishery on southern Lake Michigan.
The 19-year-old from Park Ridge, nominated by his uncle Ray LaMantia, was ice fishing with a minnow.
Good pike stories just keep coming.
FOTW, the celebration of big fish and good stories, runs Wednesdays on the Sun-Times outdoors page. The story part or fishing of the moment, such as this one, matters as much as the big fish part, generally.
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