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Fish of the Week, Aug. 17

Joseph Palumbo his prized chinook.

Joseph Palumbo and his prized chinook.

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Updated: November 2, 2011 7:28PM

Joseph Palumbo made his first time on a charter memorable Saturday. The 34-year-old landed a chinook salmon big enough to earn Fish of the Week honors, a hopeful sign for fall fishing.His uncle Clyde Bobnock took Palumbo on Capt. Bill Kelly’s Leprechaun Charters out of Diversey Harbor. Kelly said they were fishing a white Dod

ger and aqua fly down nea r the R4 buoy when the king hit.

‘‘It made my trip,’’
Palumbo said. ‘‘Just going out was a good thing, but that made it even better.’’

He battled the 38-inch king for about 25 minutes. It weighed 26 pounds, 8 ounces at Henry’s Sports and Bait to take the lead in the Richard J. Daley Sportfishing Derby.

Kings that big in August bode well for the fall, when kings return to shore.

Lake Michigan Program fisheries biologist Steve Robillard said there are ‘‘a ton of those little alewives’’ of 3

1/2 to 4 inches for forage.

‘‘Everybody is eating those alewives,’’ he said. ‘‘I saw some bigger [kings] last year, too. When I worked [the Salmon Unlimited] tournaments last year, I saw some 27- or 28-pound [kings].’’

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