Here’s to really big panfish: A thick, long bluegill and fat thick perch earn Fish of the Week honors

Sam Joseph Militello Jr. caught some worthy panfish while ice fishing to earn FOTW honors.

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Sam Joseph Militello Jr. with a 10.5-inch bluegill from Lake County. Provided photo

Sam Joseph Militello Jr. with a 10.5-inch bluegill from Lake County.

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Sam Joseph Militello Jr. caught “some beautiful local northern Illinois” panfish last week. He was fishing private waters in Lake County.

“Fattest 11.5-inch perch I’ve ever caught or seen for that matter and a 10.5-inch and almost 1.5-pound bluegill [above],” he messaged.

Sam Joseph Militello Jr. holds the big bluegill in his hand for perspective. Provided photo

Sam Joseph Militello Jr. holds the big bluegill in his hand for perspective.

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Here’s to fat panfish. And I have a thing for big bluegill, but the perch [below] is a notable fish, too. All in all, I just glad that readers respect panfish enough to send them regularly for Fish of the Week.

Sam Joseph Militello Jr. with a fat perch from Lake County. Provided photo

Sam Joseph Militello Jr. with a fat perch from Lake 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 athttps://chicago.suntimes.com/outdoorsgoes up at varied days of the week, depending on what is going on the wide world of the outdoors.

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