Ricardo Cruz’s lake whitefish is officially the Illinois record.
Dan Stephenson, fisheries chief for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, signed off on the paperwork Wednesday afternoon. He emailed that Cruz will be receiving a wall plaque later, as in when there is a budget.
Stephenson also noted that it will be officially listed as 3 pounds, 1.6 ounces, the conversion from 3.1 pounds. Illinois lists its fish records in pounds and ounces. Cruz’s whitefish was weighed at Henry’s Sports and Bait at 3.1 pounds.
Click here for the original story of Cruz’s path to the record with his catch at Montrose Harbor on July 27, 2016.