Springtime pursuit is on for big fish with bad attitude

Retired educator Chase Wiening maneuvers a pugnacious northern pike from the waters of Crawford Reservoir. Wiening caught the 30.5-inch fish on a self-tied 5-inch purple fly. Spring finds post-spawn pike cruising the shallows and has become a popular time to catch pike from several area reservoirs.



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Retired educator Chase Wiening maneuvers a pugnacious northern pike from the waters of Crawford Reservoir. Wiening caught the 30.5-inch fish on a self-tied 5-inch purple fly. Spring finds post-spawn pike cruising the shallows and has become a popular time to catch pike from several area reservoirs.

CRAWFORD — Pretty. Intimidating. Fish. If you’ve ever seen a northern pike up close and personal, you understand the saying, “appearances are everything.” Sleek,…




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