Late winter/early spring is the perfect time for trophy northern pike right here in northern Illinois.
Corey Fox showed just that with his beautifully marked 35.5-inch pike, weighing 15.4 pounds, caught from the Iroquois River on a jig and twister over the weekend.
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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