Steven Kachlic is a regular on the Des Plaines River in the Hofmann Dam area. But in 30 years of fishing there, the 50-year-old Stickney man never caught anything like he did on April 29, a 34-inch muskie.
Fortunately Berwyn photographer/artist Miro Ledajaks was walking with his son when they witnessed Kachlic battling the good fish before releasing it.
For the wonder of it from that location, Kachlic's muskie earns FOTW honors. FOTW tops the Midwest Fishing Report each Wednesday in the Sun-Times. An extended online version appears here by midnight Tuesday.
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First Ledajaks' account, then details from Kachlic.
My son and I decided to take a little walk along the Des Plaines river near the dam in Lyons/Riverside. Just as we were walking up we watched as Steven Kachlic struggling with a nice sized fish. I assumed it was just going to be another large carp, we quickly realized that it wasn't a carp at all but a 30-32" Tiger Muskie.
Steven says that in the 30 years he's been fishing here, he's never seen a muskie come out of this river. i took a picture for him and he asked me to contact you to see if you would feature it in your "Fish of the Week" report. Incidentally within about 15 mins of this this group of fishermen pulled in 3 smaller Northern Pikes.
I had several biologists examine the photo and they declared the colorful fish a pure muskie rather than a tiger.
Kachlic was simply fishing for northern pike. He was using a golden roach on a No. 6 Eagle Claw hook under a small bobber.
``This is the first muskie I got in 30 years of fishing there,'' he said.
He estimated it at between 8 and 10 pounds. Oh, he also caught a couple pike too.
And BTW, Ledajaks has quite the art page at artmirochicago.com.