It’s a classic photo of Chicago fishing. The Marx clan — Kelly, 7 (from left); Parker, 8; and Connor, 10 — of Winnetka smile at the big smallmouth bass Connor holds.

Dad Chris Marx emailed that they ‘‘hooked, netted and landed this beautiful smallie all on their own. It was taken on a leech in the early morning, right in front of Buckingham Fountain, then released unharmed.’’

They’re going back when the weather settles.

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