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Fish of the Week: Freak trout in Cook County.

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There's the normal rainbow trout stocked for spring fishing in Illinois. Then there's what Richard Gryniewski of Mount Prospect pulled out of Axehead Lake Saturday on opening day for spring trout.

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``Those two were the biggest forest preserve trout I have ever seen,'' Jason Fox emailed.

When asked, Jim Phillips, veteran fisheries biologist for the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, said, ``Cool, they might have been carry-overs [from the fall stocking].''

He said the spring stocking was of the usual half to three-quarter pound rainbows.

Fox said they were fishing ultralight gear with PowerBait on the bottom and limited out in under an hour.

I believe that is a first: stocked trout for FOTW.

Email nominations for FOTW, the weekly celebration of big fish stories from around Chicago fishing in the Sun-Times outdoors page on Wednesdays, to straycasts@sbcglobal.net.

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