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Really big walleye: Chase Rockstead catches Shabbona Lake record

Chase Rockstead caught the Shabbona Lake record walleye Monday.

Chase Rockstead caught the Shabbona Lake record walleye.
Chase Rockstead caught the Shabbona Lake record walleye.
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Chase Rockstead turned a couple hours of fishing after work Monday night into a Shabbona Lake record walleye.

Fishing guide Mike Hanson texted that his good friend caught a monster walleye and lake record. Did he ever.

Rockstead posted on the Illinois Fishing Addicts page about catching a couple short walleye and a hybrid striped bass, and losing a few others.

“When we were about to move spots, I took one more cast and hooked into the new lake record walleye just over 31 [inches] and 11.65 pounds!” he exclaimed.

The previous Shabbona record walleye (9.9 pounds) was caught in September 2001, messaged Clint Sands at Lakeside Bait and Tackle.

Jim Zimmerman caught the Illinois-record walleye (15.08 pounds, 31 1/2 inches) on March 11, 2012 from the Pecatonica River. Click here for that story.

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