Big muskie at Heidecke Lake: Surprise notable catch while trolling for walleye earns Fish of the Week

Tim Brown with a surprise muskie, caught while trolling for walleye at Heidecke Lake, earned Fish of the Week.

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Tim Brown’s surprise muskie earned Fish of the Week. Provided by Jeff Wolfe

Tim Brown’s surprise muskie earned Fish of the Week.

Provided by Jeff Wolfe

Jeff Wolfe messaged the 48-inch muskie that Tim Brown of Porter, Ind. reeled in Friday at Heidecke Lake. He and Wolfe’s brother were trolling crankbaits for walleye.

I asked district fisheries biologist Seth Love what the biggest was the IDNR found during a survey.

“Just looked through the data, the biggest one so far was collected just a few weeks ago,” he emailed. “We got a 48.5-inch female that weighed ~33 pounds: Longest and second heaviest fish on record. It was the last day of the survey and was caught in one of the last nets. Not a `Canadian Shield’ fish but I think pretty good for a former cooling lake!”

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.

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

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