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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

Rick Leonard’s record spotted bass

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Fulton

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

Date: March 15, 1992

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

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Mike Jarvis’ 105-pound spoonbill

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: St. Clair

Size: 105 pounds

Date: March, 2010

Notable: Fish was snagged.

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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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