Open water to ice: Scott Oglanian gets it done for FOTW

On ice, Scott Oglanian caught and released a largemouth bass big enough to barely fit through the hole.

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Scott Oglanian with a big largemouth caught and released on northern Illinois ice.


Scott Oglanian had Fish of the Year locked up in 2019 with an 8-pound, 10-ounce largemouth bass until Joe Capilupo caught the Illinois-record smallmouth bass.

Oglanian is just as good on ice. He caught and released this largemouth bass, estimated at 5 pounds, on Monday on northern Illinois waters

FOTW, the celebration of big fish and their stories (the stories matter) around Chicago fishing, runs Wednesdays in the Sun-Times. Submit nominations by message on Facebook (Dale Bowman), on Twitter (@BowmanOutside) and Instagram (@BowmanOutside) or email (

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