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Chicago fishing: Fish of the Week

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Click here for the FOTW, a very pale brown trout caught by Jeff Nolan near the Sun-Times offices on the Chicago River.

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Email nominations for FOTW, the weekly celebration of big fish around Chicago fishing, to straycasts@sbcglobal.net.

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Jeff Nolans brown is a typical lake michigan brown.The brown,s in the lake are only brown in the spawning season .Otherwise there silver like the coho and kings .If it was an albino it would have some pink or orange coloration on the body.the black spotting also might be absent.

Jeff Nolans brown is a typical lake michigan brown.The brown,s in the lake are only brown in the spawning season .Otherwise there silver like the coho and kings .If it was an albino it would have some pink or orange coloration on the body.Also the black spotting also might be absent

Rich, you may well be right. But if you read the story, Scott Johnson at Hagen's, who has handled more browns in his life than anybody except a few charter captains, first thought it was an albino. He said nothing was odd about the internal organs. It ws smoked whole so he wasn't fully able to check out the flesh for definite answer on the albino question. Just an odd fish in an odd place is probably the answer.

I agree with richfish: it's a typical lake michigan brown (or sea-run brown for that matter). If you've caught a lot of inland trout and are accustomed to the brown body with red and blue dots, the lake run version will resemble a salmon or steelhead more than its stream-dwelling relative

I do not claim to be a brown trout expert but I can say when this picture was taken it was under Lake street bridge (shadow) and the colors are not true . The eyes were pink and the body had a pink hue similar to a flip flop paint job on a old custom hot-rod . I will be investing in a new camera soon. Any outdoor camera suggestions? Thanks for chiming in guys .

One last note , to all the folks worried that I would get sick eating a fish out of the Chicago river , I ate a small portion and left it on the counter after coming back 5 min later I had found that my 10 # Yourkie ate 3#'s of smoked trout . She probably figured "I'll just take the ass wippin it smells too good ! " I am fine and the dog is fine no need to worry .

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