Over in Humboldt Park, A local man who was just looking to fish during a lazy day ended up catching something he wasn’t expecting. A Couple weeks ago Jarrett Knize went to go fish at the Humboldt Park lagoon while his girlfriend was out of town.
With the aim to have a relaxing evening out on the lagoon, this then turned into a half hour battle with a large fish in the lake. Once he got it near the shoreline he realized that he had just caught the largest bighead carp to be caught in Illinois to date. There was a problem though, the carp is an invasive species in the Midwest, so he couldn’t throw it back into the lagoon.
So he went back to his home, got a shopping cart he had gotten earlier in the week, and wheeled the 74 pound fish to the nearest fishery. After taking around to multiple fisheries it finally confirmed that he had caught the largest carp in Illinois. Unfortunately though since it is an invasive species there is a small chance that they might have to drain the lagoon he caught it in because it is such an unusual place to find them in, hopefully the city does not have to do that. If you want to know more about this big fish story head on over to the main article here.