Kelly Cook earns Fish of the Week honors for this 22-inch, 5-pound-plus largemouth bass the Gurnee 11-year-old caught ice fishing for the first time on a lake in Libertyville on Feb. 21.
Her dad Phil sent this wonderful tale:
I took my 11 yr. old daughter, Kelly, ice fishing for the first time last Sunday to a lake in Libertyville. I showed her how to set up the tip-ups, and she "caught" on very quickly. She saw the first flag go up while I was setting up the other ones. We both ran over, and I showed her how to set the hook and land the fish. From then on, she ran to every flag. She caught four largemouth, the first one being 22 inches, 5+ pounds, and now all of my weekends are taken up for the rest of the winter!
Sounds like a good problem to have.
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