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Grandpeven came out joDyllan 10 his father Steve so there are three generations from Ingleside one picture. The big catfish

Grandpa even came out to join Dyllan, 10, and his father, Steve, so there are three generations from Ingleside in one picture. The big catfish on the right won the derby this year. This is the third year they have won. | Special to Sun-Times Media

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Overall largest fish — Steve Harrington (Ingleside), 40.125-inch flathead catfish

Muskies — none caught

Northern pike — large: Steve Schmidt (Fox Lake), 29.125 inches

Large/smallmouth bass — large: Gary Miller (Antioch), 18 inches. small: Steve Schmidt (Fox Lake), 14.25 inches

Catfish — large: Steve Harrington (Ingleside), 40.125 inches. small: Ed Krarf (McHenry), 2.5 inches.

Crappie — large: Rich Cheterbok (Spring Grove), 12.75 inches. small: Mitch Yucus (Antioch) 4.5 inches.

Striped bass — large: Lincoln Buchanan (Lake Villa) 11.5 inches. small: Josh Beyer (Fox Lake) 5.75 inches.

Perch — large: Jeff Parsons (Oregon), 10.5 inches. small: Kakylee Kiesgen (Antioch) 3 inches.

Sheepshead — large: Josh Beyer (Fox Lake) 12.75 inches. small: Josh Beyer (Fox Lake) 11.875 inches.

Bluegill/sunfish/rock bass — large: Gary Miller (Antioch) 8.375 inches. small: Steve Jeffer (Ingleside) 3.125 inches.

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Updated: April 14, 2013 2:10AM

The father-and-son team Steve and Dyllan Herrington of Ingleside did it again.

People are going to start following these two to their spot near Pistakee Lake where they keep hauling in huge catfish that have won the last three ice-fishing derbies held by the Northern Illinois Conservation Club.

Grandpa even came out to join Dyllan, 10, and his father, Steve, so there are three generations in one picture.

“Overall it was fabulous,” said Laura Golonka, president of the Northern Illinois Conservation Club based in Antioch, of the 53rd annual Chain O’ Lakes Ice Fishing Derby and Winter Festival.

It’s the oldest continual winter event in the outdoors in the state and was around before there was an Illinois Department of Natural Resources or forest preserves.

“The community comes because they enjoy the event,” she said.

Organizers were talking about a grandpa who brought his 4-year-old granddaughter to ice fish for the first time.

“She came in holding this little fish (to enter it in the little-fish category which included a cute 2.5-inch catfish) and then she kissed grandpa on the cheek and said, ‘I love you grandpa.’ It was just priceless,” she said.

“If we didn’t have this event it might not have happened,” she said. “It was a great turnout,” she added.

Ice conditions were not good in that there was 3-4 inches of slush on top of several inches of ice. People weren’t falling through, but they were getting wet.

Diana Green of Spring Grove was ice fishing for the first time with her friends Tina and Bill Moore of Lake Villa. “My friends offered me a good day on the ice. Tomorrow’s my birthday,” she said. Her and Tina had one funny conversation.

“The worm isn’t moving,” said Moore. “It’s a wax worm. It isn’t supposed to move,” said Green.

“I’m having a good time out here today,” she said.

Jim Grass, 43, of Antioch went fishing in the morning and his family, including his wife, Jill and kids Chloe, 12, and Booker, 13, were joining him later.

“The fishing has been really good,” he said, only all the fish are small blue gill and crappies.

Murrie Boston-Foy, 52, of Round Lake is a manager for the Wallgrens in Lake Villa, which donated two gift cards to the event. “I just wanted to come down and see. I like all kids of fishing,” she said, adding it was fun, but next time she needs to go fish.

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