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Kathy Casstevens took this picture of MWC tournament competitors last year after a snowy morning made for a scenic river setting.

Sauger prospects good for MWC

March 22, 2010 at 01:11 PM

MWC tournament

A field of more than 120 teams is expected in Spring Valley Saturday and Sunday for the 24th annual Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit tournament. Weigh-ins start at 1 p.m. both days at Barto Landing. Spectators are asked to park at Hall High School and ride a shuttle.

All signs are pointing toward good fishing for this weekend’s Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit tournament out of Spring Valley.

Conditions on the Illinois River continue to improve and the forecast shows no major rainstorms between now and Saturday, when a field of more than 120 teams will compete in the 24th annual tournament.

And based on last weekend’s results, weights could be impressive.

The father-son team of Tom Giachetto Sr. and Jr. of Ladd won Sunday’s Illinois Walleye Trail tournament out of Spring Valley with six fish weighing 17.53 pounds. The Giachetto’s were pulling live-bait rigs upstream from Spring Valley to finish ahead of Dan Palmer and Brian Nicholson of Rockford (six, fish, 17.06 pounds) and Bruce and Gary Merkel of Spring Valley (six, 14.95). Big fish was a 4.26-pound walleye caught by Palmer and Nicholson, who fished live-bait rigs near Spring Valley.

Personnel from the LaSalle Fish Hatchery were on hand to collect fish for milking eggs. Of the 203 fish caught, only five females had spawned. Writes Bob Kidd, “(The hatchery staffers) made the comment that they are real close to doing their major spawn for the year. The next couple weeks should be a real barn burner on the sauger fishing barring any high or dirty water.”

So far that doesn’t appear to be a problem, as the river was at 19.99 on Sunday with clarity of 8-10 inches.

That was an improvement over Saturday, when clarity was 6-8 inches for the annual Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters tournament. Snow and ice were tough on the anglers, but fish were biting. Bob Horvath of Moquena and Mike Thomas of Manhattan won with a six-fish limit weighing 13.81 pounds. They fished downstream of Spring Valley with floating Rapalas on handline and pole-line setups and also caught a 3.61-pound sauger to win big fish. Steve Hunter and Dan Johnson placed second (six, 10.28).

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