Congrats on that first Northern. Alot of people don't like them and consider
them a pain when they take your bait while targeting something else. I think they are one of the most fun fish to have on the end of your line.
If I want an occaisonal fish fry it's bluegill, perch, or walleye. If I want action it's smallmouth bass or NORTHERN PIKE. (or Musky of course but
they're a different deal all together)