New Illinois State Record Smallmouth!

This week, Illinois resident Joe Capilupo caught a new Illinois state record fish with a 7-pound, 3-ounce smallmouth bass.

Capilupo caught the bass on Lake Michigan while fishing Monroe Harbor in downtown Chicago. Reports reveal that he caught this fish on the popular technique, the Ned Rig.

The smallmouth was weighed at Henry’s Sports in Chicago, and there were witnesses to the catch. Capilupo had the good presence of mind to keep this monster fish alive, and it was released back into the lake.

Illinois’ previous record of 6 pounds, 7 ounces stood for 30 years.

More details to come!