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Mark Plumley of St. Croix Falls, Wis., holds the 18-pound, 14.56-ounce silver-phase northern pike he caught Wednesday on Snowbank Lake near Ely. Looking on is his fishing partner, Dave Kodada of Mendota Heights, Minn. (Photo by Ron Schmidt)

Man catches massive silver pike on Minnesota Lake

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Mark Plumley caught just one fish on Wednesday, but he made it count.

Fishing on Snowbank Lake near Ely, Plumley, of St. Croix Falls, Wis., caught what may be the largest silver-phase northern pike ever caught in Minnesota.

The fish, a rare color phase of the northern pike, weighed 18 pounds, 14.56 ounces, according to Plumley and Ron Schmidt of Smitty's on Snowbank. The pike was weighed at Zup's Food Market in Ely.

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