‘Biggest fish of my life,’ a flathead catfish from the Fox River, earns Fish of the Week

Jake Krueker’s biggest fish of his life, a flathead catfish caught from the Fox River, earns Fish of the Week.

SHARE ‘Biggest fish of my life,’ a flathead catfish from the Fox River, earns Fish of the Week
Jake Kueker shares the joy of his biggest flathead catfish, caught from the Fox River. Provided photo

Jake Kueker shares the joy of his biggest flathead catfish, caught from the Fox River.

Provided

Jake Kueker caught a 45.5-inch flathead catfish with a girth of 31 inches on June 25 from the Fox River in McHenry County.

“Biggest fish of my life,” he messaged.

The catfish length/girth chart at KingoftheCats.org put the weight at 49 pounds.

He caught it on a 6-inch live bluegill.

“Just curious, what’s the largest one you’ve ever seen [from the Fox]?” he wondered.

Best I can tell is that honor goes to Erik Martinez with a 52-pound flathead from Elgin.

Krueker’s flathead deserves a full-length view.

Jake Kueker shares the joy of his biggest flathead catfish, caught from the Fox River. Provided photo

Jake Kueker shares the joy of his biggest flathead catfish, caught from the Fox River.

Provided

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 atchicago.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).

The Latest
After the GOP candidate for governor again ripped the city, where over one fifth of the state’s residents live, Mayor Lightfoot snapped back on Twitter.
“So I went up to them and said, ‘This is super-cool. I have a business. I always wanted to have some murals,’ ” David Chaimovitz says. And now he does.
Sister Jean Dolores Bertha Schmidt — or Sister Jean as she’s better known to legions of Ramblers basketball fans — celebrates her birthday Sunday.
Democrats have even gained a half-point lead over Republicans nationwide in the so-called “generic ballot” that asks voters which party they’re inclined to support in congressional elections.
He’ll play slot cornerback, one of the most important in Matt Eberflus’ defensive scheme, to start the season.