- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

LAKE THOMPSON, S.D. (AP) - A 14-year-old Minnesota teenager was expecting to catch a crappie or two when he recently went fishing on the icy waters of Schaefer’s Slough near Lake Thompson.

The teenager, however, didn’t imagine catching a 23-pound, 41-inch long northern pike.

The Argus Leader (https://argusne.ws/1sk63LT ) reports that Tim Kreun, of Pipestone, wrestled the huge fish through an eight-inch hole in the ice after a battle that involved both of his rods and reels rigged with jig-heads, minnows and bobbers. He says it took him about 20 minutes to heave the northern pike through the hole.

Kreun says at first he thought the fish was a big walleye. He says he is taking his trophy fish to a taxidermist to have it mounted.

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Information from: Argus Leader, https://www.argusleader.com


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