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Illinois hunting and fishing

Big Fish Fridays: Sangchris cats

October 30, 2009 at 09:04 AM

The Rock River is legendary. So is the Mississippi River. And Powerton Lake is home to some whoppers. But Illinois’ best destination for trophy flathead catfish is likely Sangchris Lake near Springfield.

In the past few years Sangchris has turned out numerous flatheads over 50 pounds including Mark Blough’s 76.5-pounder that nearly bested the state record of 78 pounds.

Late fall and early winter is a good time for the big cats, as Jon Ruskey of Metamora (pictured above) proved on Oct. 24 while fishing a live bluegill at midnight. Ruskey said his fish weighed 60 pounds.

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Man I hope he put it back because there are like 5 big fish in that lake. There will never be anymore because there is no bait and the lake has gone to .... well you know. They must be eating all the little channel cats. Nice Catch Though! Don’t want to take anything away from the guy who caught that fish. Thats a trophy anywhere.

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It would take more than anything you would have to say, to take away from Jon’s thrill of landing this big hog! If you bait up for little channel cats, that is exactly what you will catch. No need to worry though, that fish is swimming free. He just stopped by to see us like an old friend, and get his picture in the family album.

Shad Daddy

Walk softly, and carry a big fish.

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