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Illinois hunting and fishing

Christopher Tuckey caught this largemouth bass on April 2, 2010, at a private farm pond in Knox County on a green and orange double blade spinner bait. The fish measured 24 inches long, with a girth just over 19 1/2” – and it unofficially weighed in at about 10 pounds. The bass had a crappie tail over 4-inches long sticking out of his belly and will be preserved by the taxidermist.

Posted on Sun, September 26, 2010

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Lake Springfield fall fish survey

Every fall, biologists from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources conduct surveys of lakes to assess the health of fish populations. They use information gathered to set limits for anglers and guide fish stocking efforts.
Posted on Thu, November 01, 2012

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Illinois Big Buck Stories

Clyde Winkler’s 21-pointer

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Marshall

Date and Season: Nov. 18, 2005; Shotgun

Notable: Winkler was 88 when he shot this buck.


Justin Neilson’s “Crab Claw” 8 point

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Union

Date and Season: 11-20-10; Shotgun

Notable: Had 20 1/2" spread with 25 to 26 main beams



Illinois Big Fish Stories

Darren’s May’s record bluegill

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Jasper

Size: 3 pounds, 8 ounces, 13.75 inches

Date: May 10, 1987

Notable: The bluegill was so big, many said it was a hybrid.



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