Paul Buck of Palatine pulled his biggest northern pike — 40 inches, 20 pounds — last Wednesday from the Des Plaines River.

‘‘I’ve been fishing the Des Plaines River two to three times a week for the last four years and in that time have seen this river and the fish grow tremendously,’’ he emailed.

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