This 22.75-inch walleye is a symbolic Fish of the Week, symbolic of the 2010 fishing season on the cooling lakes of northeast Illinois.
On Oct. 3, the last Sunday for fishing Heidecke Lake, Patrick Prendergast took Greg Bettega fishing before Bettega's significant other gave birth.
The New Lenox friends trolled Heidecke's south side with Shad Raps, and Bettega caught this 4.5-pound walleye.
``There were a lot of boats out,'' Prendergast said. ``Lucky for us they were on the north side. We also picked up some 20-inch [hybrid] stripers.''
Heidecke closed to fishing on Oct. 5.
FOTW usually tops the Midwest Fishing Report on the outdours page of the Sun-Times each Wednesday. An extended online version appears here, usually by midnight Tuesday.
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