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A really big perch and a really big blue: Fishes of the Week

Chris Skrabel (top) of Plainfield showed blue catfish are doing just fine, thank you, at Braidwood Lake with this 38-pound, 40-inch-plus blue. He caught it on a 5-inch bluegill on the bottom in 30 feet of water.

He caught a 15½-inch yellow perch (28 ounces) on June 27 with a soft shell in the trough at the mouth of Burnham Harbor. Photo is courtesy of Henry’s Sports and Bait.

‘‘I thought it was a smallmouth at first,’’ he said.

FOTW, the celebration of big fish and good stories around Chicago fishing, runs Wednesdays on the Sun-Times’ outdoors page.

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