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P.J. Gilfillan caught this 45-inch Northern on a recent trip to Sabourin Lake Lodge in Ontario. Photo submitted by Joe Gilfillan.

10/12 at 06:25 AM

Illinois Big Fish Stories

Joe Egan’s near-record smallmouth

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Cook

Size: 6 pounds, 5 ounces; 22 inches

Date: April 25, 2009

Notable: Smallmouth two ounces short of state record.

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Ed Walbel’s record largemouth bass

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Lake

Size: 13 pounds, 1 ounce; 28 inches long, 23-inch girth

Date: February 15, 1976

Notable: Bass hit with ice still on parts of Stone Quarry Lake.

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Robert Scott

Home: Pekin, IL

Occupation: Semi-retired Insurance agent

Most memorable outing in Illinois? About 2 weeks ago I was fishing the Illinois River near Pekin and I caught a 28-inch, 10-pound, 10-ounce catfish. My 8-pound test line broke and I had a "bobber stopper" on the line. It broke above the bobber. I thought I just lost it. But in a few minutes I saw the bobber going up and down. So I got closer and tried to get it buy casting for it. On the third cast I caught it and pulled it slowly to the boat. I leaned over and got the fish with a dip net.

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