George Blazek plies the reviving rivers of the western suburbs and knows what is coming back there. Even so, he was surprised by what he caught on April 4.
The Lyons man landed this 28.5-inch walleye on a jig and grub. The prespawn female weighed 10 pounds on a Berkley scale, before it was released.
It earns Fish ot the Week honors. FOTW tops the Midwest Fishing Report in the Sun-Times each Wednesday. An extended online version appears here by midnight Tuesday. It E-mail FOTW nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
``I fish with a great bunch of guys and we all release, which makes fish like this possible,'' he said.
The big walleye was just the capper to a day that included six northerns, three walleye and a sauger. The best walleye he caught since was a 24-incher two days later.
Then he had a question about Master Angler Award Program. For that information and a form, click here.
Here's the general information for Master Angler Award:
A MASTER ANGLER AWARD certificate and pin are awarded annually to anglers catching five (5) different species of fish (see listing of eligible fish) which meet or exceed the minimum lengths or minimum weights. Applications for the MASTER ANGLER award are available to download from the www.ifishillinois.org website. Once completed, the application must be mailed into the DNR Division of Fisheries no later than January 30.