Illinois Walleye Trail organizers have announced this year’s walleye and sauger tournament schedule on the Illinois and Mississippi rivers, as follows:
Oct. 26 — Hennepin Marine Fall Classic at Hennepin public launch. (Dinner provided by Hennepin Marine)
Oct. 27 — Illinois Walleye Trail- first points event, Hennepin
Nov. 10 — Illinois Walleye Trail- second points event, Albany (Ill.) public launch
Feb. 15, 2014 — Ninth annual J.J.’s Pub 3-Person Event at Allen Park, Ottawa
Feb. 16 — Illinois Walleye Trail – third points event, Allen Park, Ottawa
March 16 — Illinois Walleye Trail-fourth points event, Barto Landing, Spring Valley
May 3-4 — Illinois Walleye Trail two-day championship, Pool 13, Mississippi River
The 2014 championship will “not” be an open event. At that time, teams must rank in the top 25 in the Team of the Year points standings to qualify. The top five teams in the Team of the Year point’s standings will receive a free entry to the championship.
“The payout for the championship will be greater than 200 percent, event organizer Adam Sandor says. “You must fish and or pay for all 4 qualifying events to be eligible for the championship.”
There will be mandatory $25 IWT Membership fee per angler. $10 of it covers Spring Valley Walleye Club membership. The balance will go into a fund for the two-day championship. … Tickets will be available Sept. 1 and can be purchased at Hennepin Marine or from Bill Guerrini, Scott Trumpinski or Adam Sandor.
Entry fee will remain the same at $200 per team per event. All entries must be received six days prior to each event or a $50 late fee will be added.
The Big Fish Pot will be increased to $20 per team and will pay three spots.
IV Catfish Trail
Illinois Valley Catfish Trail has wrapped up its season points race, but the group still has two informal tournaments left.
Big V’s (Ryan Vecchia) tournament was Aug. 18, and then IVCT’s Kid’s Catfishing Tournament for children ages 18 and younger with an adult) will be 6 a.m.-noon Sunday, Aug. 25 on the Illinois River at Barto Landing in Spring Valley. Lunch will be served afterward.
This year’s points race winners clearly were Bryan Espy and Ken Luttrell, who pulled in 159.85 pounds of fish, weighing in catfish in five out of six tournaments. Following them were the teams of Mark and Frank Sanders, Dan and Tiffany Dipple, Bubba Smith and Greg Newton and of Randy Templeton and Mike Flaherty.
The next best total was 146 pounds.
No team weighed in fish in all six tournaments, according to standings at http://ivct.webs.com.