Fish of the Week: Big surprise of a flathead catfish while fishing for smallmouth bass on the Kankakee River

David King with a big flathead catfish, caught on the Kankakee River.

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David King caught a 32-pound, 3-ounce, 39-inch flathead catfish on June 12 while fishing for smallmouth bass on the Kankakee River. The Wheaton man was using a Livingston Lures lipless crankbait.

I’m impressed with his landing a fish that big with his bait and bass gear; it’s no small feat.

In recent years, flathead catfish on the Kankakee River have rebounded noticeably. I know I noticed it over the years at fish-collection day for the annual summer derby.

The FOTW deserves a vertical view.

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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