Walleyes Chicago really gets going with a Friday Nite Fish Fry & Fundraiser at Murphy's Bleachers.
The buzz Walleyes Chicago wants are ones like the one in October, 2007, the biggest buzz in Chicago fishing in recent years, when Toni Pellegrino caught her 6.75-pound walleye from the river side of DuSable Harbor in the wee hours of Oct. 8, 2007. It was then the heaviest verified walleye (weighed on the certified scales at Henry's Sports/Bait & Marine) caught in modern Chicago.
The Web site for Walleyes Chicago, walleyeschicago.org, should be going shortly. it's $25 in advance for Friday's fundraiser or $30 at the door. Otherwise, annual dues are $12.
And it was just a chance to remind us again what walleye on the Chicago lakefront means to the dreams of area fishermen.
Mike Osuch topped Toni's walleye with a 7-5.5, caught from the tip of Northerly Island on Sept. 11. That catch spurred calls for more organized efforts to stock walleye around Chicago, which were dismissed by the IDNR.
Walleyes Chicago is trying to work within the system for the long haul. We shall see.