Phil Jones caught this big brown trout near Montrose Harbor last week.
“Browns are big this year; this one was 14.5 pounds and full of eggs,” he emailed. “This is the third big brown this month. . . . Not many coho, surprisingly. No sight of alewives either. Hopefully we have a late run.”
The big browns have been one of the highlights of this spring on the Chicago lakefront, as Jones illustrated. On a good note, there are some recent signs of alewives showing up.
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 https://chicago.suntimes.com/outdoors goes up at varied days of the week, depending on what is going on the wide world of the outdoors.