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Marcus Benesch with a big late-fall northern pike from the Des Plaines River.
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A really big northern pike in late fall: Fish of the Week

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Marcus Benesch of Gurnee made the most of “an opportune four-hour window after putting the bird in the oven” on Thanksgiving morning. It paid off with a 35-inch female northern pike caught and released from shore on the Des Plaines River.

“Just another example of the `fall feedbag” fish that we’re all looking for,” he emailed.

FOTW, the celebration of big fish and their stories around Chicago fishing, runs Wednesdays on the Sun-Times’ outdoors page. Submit nominations on Facebook (Dale Bowman), on Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email(straycasts@sbcglobal.net).


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