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.
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