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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

Jimmy White’s 4 lb Crappie

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Greene

Size: 4lbs Spring scale 20 inches long

Date: 5-12-2011

Notable: 4 pounds on spring scale and 20 inches long

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Walter Klenzak’s record northern pike

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Kankakee

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

Date: Nov. 9, 1989

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

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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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