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Fish of the Week: Muskie good-bye to Heidecke

Let’s say good-bye to the fishing season on the cooling lakes in style with the story of Adam Christopherson’s first muskie.

He and Bill Barkstrom had a slow morning–one hybrid, lots of small white bass–on Sept. 28 at Heidecke Lake.

Then, well let him tell it.

“As a last-ditch effort we decided to cast around the harbor before calling it a day, and to my surprise this fish hit on about my 10th cast,” Christopherson emailed.

The 38-inch muskie, which hit a homemade lure made by Barkstrom, was quickly measured and released.

Good way to celebrate the season at Heidecke, which closed Tuesday. Braidwood also closed Tuesday. LaSalle Lake closes Sunday.

Normally I get FOTW posted earlier, but I have been snowed under with Bank of America Chicago Marathon coverage.

There are many ways to send nominations for FOTW, the weekly celebration of big fish around Chicago fishing on the Sun-Times outdoors page each Wednesday: Facebook (Dale Bowman), Twitter (@BowmanOutside) or email (