Ben Cantrell, maybe Illinois’ greatest multi-species fisherman, caught this orangethroat darter from a creek, near Chillicothe, that flows into the Illinois River.

“Doesn’t get much more colorful than that!’’ he emailed.

He’s right about that and, obviously, it’s a first for FOTW.

FOTW, the celebration of big fish and good stories, runs Wednesdays on the Sun-Times outdoors page. The story part or fishing of the moment, such as this one, matters as much as the big fish part, generally.

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