Brad Wooten of Broadview sent this Fish of the Week nomination for his 9-year-old son Elijah Wooten.
The first note and photo was sent from his cell phone:
Elijah Wooten caught this monster crappie Saturday evening at a local south suburban lake. It weighed in at 2.1 pounds and measured 15+ inches. Caught him on a fathead minnow below a slip bobber in 2-3 feet of water. Looks like Elijah is picking up where he left off last Fall (See November 24,2009 Stray Casts). Please accept this as another FOTW nomination.
That Novermber FOTW was for a fishing trip on the Illinois River at Starved Rock, given as much for the story and the look of joy on Elijah's face.
This one is as much for the fish, which is a pretty good crappie for northern Illinois..
In a follow-up, proud dad sent a note that the fish was caught in unincorporated DuPage County.
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