``Well, it is a good thing that my friend Pete Willy keeps his boat available,'' John Arlow emailed.
On their off day Sunday, they drove from Chesterton, Ind. on Sunday to fish Braidwood Lake. They caught and released six nice largemouth bass. Willy caught the best, 4.75 pounds, on a white spinner bait. The other bass came on clown-colored jerkbaits. Plastics produced nothing.
``I was really surprised at the quality of fish,'' Arlow emailed. ``They were like footballs: huge bellies: probably eggs.''
They also caught a pair of 5-pound hybrid striped bass, which were only stocked a couple years ago.
Braidwood, the cooling lake in southwest Will County, reopened to fishing on Friday.