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Fish of the Week: Fox River flathead

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With some trepidation, I post this Fish of the Week, a wonderful flathead caught and released on the Fox River by Don Keller.


My trepidation is that streams biologist Bob Rung thinks during the heat and drought that fishermen consider putting up their rods.

Here's Keller's tale.

Fishing with a curlytail grub, he caught a surprise Fox River monster last Friday at Geneva.

``Believe it or not, she was only one of 20 fish I caught that afternoon in the 100-degree heat,'' the Palatine man emailed. ``The rest were smallmouth. To top it off, I was spooled with 6-pound NanoFil.''

He measured the flathead at 36 inches, estimated at 23 pounds, then released her.

``I hope to catch up with her again when she is 50 pounds!,'' he emailed.

A 50-pound flathead on the Fox may be wishful thinking, but I understand the idea.

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