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04/25: Fish of the Week

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Updated: May 26, 2012 8:19AM

Mick Headley of
Summit went walleye fishing Thursday at Heidecke Lake and caught a big surprise on light line.

‘‘I was using crawlers on the bottom on
ultralight gear,’’ Headley emailed. ‘‘Crawler got picked up real slow, like a big walleye. Instead, I hooked a 47.5-inch, just-a-hair-over-28-pound muskie!’’

Oddly enough, a few days earlier, biologist Rob Miller netted a 32-pound muskie during a survey at Heidecke, the former cooling lake near Morris.

Headley wondered if he had a 6-pound line-class record for Illinois. Unofficially, I suspect it is. The state doesn’t keep those records.

The International Game Fish Association’s
6-pound line-class world record for a muskie is
44 pounds, 11 ounces.

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