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Post Posted: 09:05pm - Sep 1,17 
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Made the 5 hour drive back home from school today, to give myself another shot at a big king out of Waukegan this weekend. Once I got home, I had about an hour and a half before it got dark out, so I immediately grabbed Copper and headed to the east branch. Decided to stick with my go to 3-inch Kailin's twister tail this evening. In the first half hour, my buddy and I caught a few bass, but nothing of size. With about 20 minutes of fishing light left, we arrived at one of the deeper holes that I know of. On my first cast, my jig was hit by one of the hardest hits I've had from the Dupage. Once this fish hit he just hugged the bottom the whole time, going on multiple runs. After a few minutes into the battle, when I finally got a look at the fish, I thought for sure it was a northern because of the long body. Once I got it closer, I realized it was a walleye!! Finally I was able to tire this guy out and start directing him towards the bank to land him. Once I did this, he popped the hook right in front of me at the bank. With a fish like this there was no way I was just gonna let it swim off without trying to jump in after it. Right as it spit the hook, I jumped in after it and was luckily able to grab it before it swam off.
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Measured him at 28 inches, took a few pictures, and released him. I am still shocked after writing this post that I was lucky enough to catch this fish. I had no idea there were walleye in the Dupage. Turned a last minute trip into a fish of a lifetime that I will remember forever.

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Post Posted: 09:59pm - Sep 1,17 
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WOW!

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Post Posted: 11:36pm - Sep 1,17 
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I think I would have wet myself too!!!

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Hell of a fish!!! Proud of you Son!!!

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Post Posted: 04:38am - Sep 2,17 
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Sweet fish !

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Post Posted: 04:51am - Sep 2,17 
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Crazy good...congrats.

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Post Posted: 04:59am - Sep 2,17 
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Great fish and story an congrats on the CPR

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Post Posted: 06:04am - Sep 2,17 
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Nice fish and great story! Your persistence has paid off well.

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Post Posted: 07:39am - Sep 2,17 
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:drink Now that's a great way to start your visit home....congrats on a awesome catch :gpost

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Post Posted: 10:42am - Sep 2,17 
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Very nice surprise. Congratulations.

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Post Posted: 06:11pm - Sep 2,17 
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That's awesome!

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Post Posted: 09:34pm - Sep 2,17 
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Outstanding! I've heard of a few wallys on the Dupe but I definitely wouldn't consider it a fishable population. That's a true trophy on that river, and an apex fish just about anywhere else.

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Post Posted: 07:31am - Sep 3,17 
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Great catch !! Awesome second effort after the hook popped out, I wouldn't have let that thing swim off without a picture either. Who would have believed you then , a fish like that from the dupe :rotflmao Good job and awesome story! :gpost

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Post Posted: 01:12pm - Sep 3,17 
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[quote="jmdog"]Outstanding! I've heard of a few wallys on the Dupe but I definitely wouldn't consider it a fishable population. That's a true trophy on that river, and an apex fish just about anywhere else.[/quote

Agree. Very nice fish indeed!

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Post Posted: 04:16pm - Sep 3,17 
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Awesome fish - glad you released her. Walleye can thrive is those small waterways, couple dam removals and its probably turn into a great fishery very quickly.

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Post Posted: 09:21pm - Sep 3,17 
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Nice fish AJ love the beautiful color on it.

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Post Posted: 10:03am - Sep 4,17 
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Excellent fish !


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Post Posted: 12:29pm - Sep 4,17 
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congrats

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Post Posted: 12:29pm - Sep 4,17 
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congrats

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Post Posted: 09:12am - Sep 5,17 
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Great fish! And out of the Duper no less! They're in there. They're few and far between, though. Whalon Lake is a particular reason why, IMO. Whalon in Bolingbrook/Naperville is stocked with them, and it borders the DuPage River, and also, IIRC, has a tunnel/pipe that runs between the lake and the river, or at least used to. So it makes sense that some would find their way into it. Very cool, though. Not what you typically expect to get out of the Duper.

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Post Posted: 10:08am - Sep 5,17 
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pezdek1 wrote:
Great fish! And out of the Duper no less! They're in there. They're few and far between, though. Whalon Lake is a particular reason why, IMO. Whalon in Bolingbrook/Naperville is stocked with them, and it borders the DuPage River, and also, IIRC, has a tunnel/pipe that runs between the lake and the river, or at least used to. So it makes sense that some would find their way into it. Very cool, though. Not what you typically expect to get out of the Duper.


Agreed; fish most likely came from Whalon or from Four lakes; the east branch runs right near some of their lakes and has flooded over in the past.

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