A fish story: A big crappie from McHenry County with a story earns Fish of the Week honors

Jake Kueker earned Fish of the Week honors as much for his fish story as for his big crappie.

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Jake Kueker holds his big crappie from McHenry County. Provided photo

Jake Kueker holds his big crappie from McHenry County.

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Jake Kueker had a fish story last week after fishing with Chris Horvath at a spot in McHenry that had been iced over the day before, then opened up.

“I bomb a minnow under a slip bobber about 30 yards out and almost instantly it goes under!” Kueker messaged. “As I’m reeling the slack in before I set the hook, the line somehow gets gets stuck underneath the spool and snap!

“At this point I have no idea if I have a fish on or not and my only concern is my reel. Upon inspection I come to realize what had happened. I quickly turn my focus to finding the other end of my line, and when I do, I start pulling! I am incredibly surprised to feel that there is a fish on. And ultimately, I was ecstatic when it ended up being 16 1/2-inch, 2-pound 4-ounce black crappie!”

It swam off strong at release.

He also added a 15- and 14-inch crappie, too.

A full length view of Jake Kueker holding his big crappie from McHenry County. Provided photo

A full length view of Jake Kueker holding his big crappie from McHenry County.

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FOTW, the celebration of big fish and their stories (the stories matter, as this one shows) around Chicago fishing, runs Wednesdays in the paper Sun-Times. The online posting here at chicago.suntimes.com/outdoors goes up at varied days of the week, depending on what is going on the wide world of the outdoors.

To make submissions, email (BowmanOutside@gmail.com) or contact me on Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or Instagram (@BowmanOutside).

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