In the only Saturday ice fishing of the season, Mark Kawa caught a 37.25″ northern pike (“crocodile”) from Masonia.
“Came to Finicky Fooler’s big shiner setup,” he emailed. “The ice was 3.5 to 4.5 inches for him, but the geese made it pretty thin in some areas. Nothing beats Trophy Pike in Illinois on the ice one day! rice field [Mark “Ike” Eichelkraut] and his daughter Gilly. “
Masonia is a pike spot. The Illinois record (26 pounds, 15 ounces) was caught on November 9, 1989 by Walter Krenzak from his pit on the strip in Kankakee County, now called Monster Lake in Masonia South.
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