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Cook County walleye for Fish of the Week

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On Sunday, Tony DeRicco caught and released this 29-inch walleye weighing 7.5 pounds from a Cook County lake.


For that feat, the Mount Prospect man earns Fish of the Week honors. FOTW tops the Midwest Fishing Report in the Sun-Times each Wednesday. An extended online version appears here, usually before midnight Tuesday.

Here's his story:

``[Sunday] at a popular Cook County forest preserve lake, I . . . caught this 7.5 lb - 29" Walleye (see pics). I was jigging a fathead minnow with an 1/8 ounce jig on the lake bottom at about 8 feet down very slowly when the line stopped dead. The fish immediately ran for deep water and refused to surface. But after awhile with plenty of persuasion it came up and was netted by [my] buddy Roy Bates from Rosemont. The fish was safely released to fight another day.''

That's an impressive walleye for a Cook County forest preserve lake.

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Great report, now go meet so single anglers at

nice fish what lake were you fishing

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