A really big surprise, a 7 1/4-pound hybrid striper, Braidwood: Fish of the Week

SHARE A really big surprise, a 7 1/4-pound hybrid striper, Braidwood: Fish of the Week
fotw03_07_18.jpg

Ryan ‘‘Ski’’ Kwiecinski, one of the best young fishermen in the south suburbs, caught one of the best fish at the Braidwood Lake opener last week. It was a 7.25-pound hybrid striped bass.

What I found interesting is that there were numerous reports of pretty good-sized hybrids caught the opening days of fishing at Braidwood. Interesting because Rob Miller said they literally only found a couple hybrids in surveying last fall.

FOTW, the celebration of big fish and good stories around Chicago fishing, runs Wednesdays on the Sun-Times’ outdoors page. Submit nominations on Facebook (Dale Bowman), on Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or by email (straycasts@sbcglobal.net).


The Latest
Let’s enact this fairer primary calendar and move on to other business: defending workers, strengthening democracy — and making sure the 2024 Democratic National Convention is in Chicago.
In 12 seasons with the Sky, Vandersloot averaged 10.2 points, 6.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds. In 2021, she helped bring the city its first WNBA title.
Two-time Oscar nominee, for ‘Close Encounters’ and ‘Absence of Malice,’ got her start at Goodman School and Second City.
Jurrell Baldwin had 14 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in Hyde Park’s 45-32 victory against visiting Farragut in the second round Friday.