There's something beautiful in a northern pike photographed in the right light, especially when it comes from a Chicago harbor.
Over the past decade, Chicago harbors are becoming better places to latch into a pike. Chris Taglieri tagged this nice one off the wall at Burnham while trying for perch with 4-pound line earlier this week The Chicago policeman sent this:
Went out to Burnham this afternoon to try and take advantage of some bonus late season Perch and hooked up into this chunky 25" Pike. Prior to catching this fish I was having a conversation with some other anglers about my "almost" catch last week on a soft shell a nice steelhead hit my softshell and spinner and we were talking about how everything eats softshells and how the only fish we have never caught in the lake on a softshell was the random pike. The group of fisherman moved on to another location and five minutes later I hooked up into this pike landed him on 4lb test. Luckily I learned my lesson from last week and brought the net after losing the steelhead while trying to lift it up the wall.
Yes, a net gain.