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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

Tim Pruitt’s world-record blue catfish

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Madison

Size: 124 pounds, 58 inches

Date: May 21, 2005

Notable: World and state record fish had a girth of 44 inches.

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Matt Lehn’s 32-pound channel catfish

Illinois hunting and fishing

County: Woodford

Size: 40 inches 32 pounds on bathroom scale

Date: Sept. 11, 2010

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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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