Big blue catfish are back at LaSalle Lake

Darryl Turner, masterful at fishing for big blue catfish at LaSalle Lake, has been catching quality and quantity blues there in recent weeks.

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Darryl Turner shows big blue catfish are coming back at LaSalle Lake.

Darryl Turner shows big blue catfish are coming back at LaSalle Lake.

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No surprise, Darryl Turner, the south suburban man who has mastered catching big blue catfish at LaSalle Lake, has had a good start to the season. He caught a 31-pounder last Wednesday at the cooling lake south of Seneca.

“He smoked it,” he said. “I was standing next to the reel when it hit and [the reel] was screaming. It was awesome.”

He uses bluegill he catches there.

“Put the bluegill head on and they started slaying them,” he said.

He caught 17 blues the week before and seven on the first Saturday. LaSalle reopened March 15.

A buddy of Turner caught a 36-pounder. Those catches show the recuperative powers of LaSalle, where a significant fish kill in 2020 hit big blues and hybrid striped bass hard.

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