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Jody Harris’ record flathead catfish

County: Clinton

Catch Date: Aug. 11, 1995

Fish Size: 78 pounds

Notable: Fishing for white bass yields state-record catfish.

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David Gjelsvik’s record hybrid striper

County: Johnson

Catch Date: June 20, 1993

Fish Size: 20.02 pounds, 33.7 inches long, 24-inch girth

Notable: Fish hit on a three-eighth-ounce jig.

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Rick Leonard’s record spotted bass

County: Fulton

Catch Date: March 15, 1992

Fish Size: 7 pounds, 3.125 ounces; 22 3/4 inches long

Notable: Old record of 6-12 also from Fulton County.

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Walter Klenzak’s record northern pike

County: Kankakee

Catch Date: Nov. 9, 1989

Fish Size: 26 pounds, 15 ounces; 44 inches long, 20.5-inch girth

Notable: Klenzak's was the second record pike in 1989.

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Darren’s May’s record bluegill

County: Jasper

Catch Date: May 10, 1987

Fish Size: 3 pounds, 8 ounces, 13.75 inches

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

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Mark Samp’s record smallmouth bass

County: Fulton

Catch Date: March 26, 1985

Fish Size: 6 pounds, 7 ounces; 22.6 inches

Notable: Fish was displayed at Peoria sports show.

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Ed Walbel’s record largemouth bass

County: Lake

Catch Date: February 15, 1976

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

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

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