Big Fish Fridays: Spring Lake striper
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Biologists have shocked up yet another record fish in central Illinois.
The latest tease of a fish is a fat-bellied hybrid striped bass at Spring Lake near Macomb. Earlier last week Dr. Tim Spier of Western Illinois shocked a fat fish that weighed 22 pounds, 8 ounces.
That would top the state record 20-pound, 0.32-ounce fish caught by David Gjelsvik at Lake of Egypt on June 20, 1993.
And that’s not the only big striper in the McDonough County lake.
On Wednesday the Department of Natural Resources netted five hybrid stripers weighing between 10-14 pounds at Spring Lake, otherwise known mostly for its catfish and stunted crappie.
If you make the trip to the McDonough County lake, consider fishing around the dam, where most of the stripers tend to congregate.
Below is a picture of Doran DeBold of Blandinsville holding two hybrid striped bass from Spring Lake that weighed 14 pounds apiece and were sampled on April 22.