Chris Skrabel made the closing days of fishing at Braidwood Lake memorable with this massive blue catfish. The Plainfield man was targeting big blues with bluegill as bait.

Braidwood, the cooling lake in southwestern Will County, closes to fishing on Oct. 16.

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