Avid angler lands rare double-striped steelhead in the Windy City

Fishing along the Chicago lakefront, avid fisherman Quinn Wunar landed a beautifully colored, double-striped steelhead—a rare fish—and it immediately became his all-time favorite catch.

Wunar was fishing alone Saturday off Burnham Park in water so clear he could see bottom 20-feet below, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

He was sight fishing and watched as a “gigantic steelhead” ran two coho off his bait, a spawn bag, known as a popular bait for trout and steelhead.

“In the middle of admiring how big the fish was, it turned back and smacked my bag and we were off,” Wunar told the Chicago Sun-Times. “It was an epic fight, but the net job was the toughest part with the water being the lowest it’s been in a few years. Yet we both survived to fight another day.”

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You can clearly see the double stripes in the image above. It was the first double-striped steelhead in three years to be submitted to the Sun-Times for Fish of the Week honors.

“I’ve caught a lot of fish here in Chicago, but this double-striped winter steelhead…at Burnham is my favorite by far,” Wunar told the Sun-Times.

Photo courtesy of Quinn Wunar.

Story originally appeared on For The Win