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Fish of the Week: Kankakee walleye

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The Kankakee River has given up a number of big walleye this year. With that in mind,
Chuck Cook earns Fish of the Week honors for this walleye caught around the Kankakee River State Park in August.


It went 26 3/4 inches and weighed 6 3/4 pounds.

FOTW tops the Midwest Fishing Report each Wednesday in the Sun-Times. An extended online version appears here by midnight Tuesday. E-mail nominations to

Here's Cook's tale:

Hi Mr. Bowman, Chuck Cook from Fish Tales Fishing Club. I have been wading in the Kankakee River the last couple of weeks. I have never fished this body of water and always wanted too. I am fishing with a member Glen Gage and he is showing me some of his spots by the State Park. First trip out we caught flat head cats,channel cats, one 6lb channel cat and I caught a 19 in walleye on a blue fox spinner bait. My main baits are Big Dude 1/4 oz in pink and white,gold and spinner with yellow tail.

Last week , ( 8/14 ) we returned to the river and Glen was using a float dragging a minnow and he caught many smallies, channel and flat head cats. I was using lures only with only 2 hits. I was having no action at all and switch to a rubber crawfish on a worm hook w/split shoot and first cast wow a nice hit. I landed the fish after a good fight and it was a walleye. This fish was measured and weighed at home about 4 hr later. The walleye was 263/4 in and weighed 63/4 lbs. I guess you could say I am hooked on the Kankakee River now.

It's a good river to be hooked on.

Not to mention that Fred Goselin's 14-pound walleye, caught from the Kankakee in 1961, is longest standing major gamefish record in Illinois.

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