In lieu of much to say on a flood-stricken weekend in the Illinois Valley — and not much advice for the coming week other than to look for clear, still and safe water (such as a backyard goldfish pond) if you’re bound and determined to go fishing in the Illinois Valley — here’s some walleye tournament news:
* The Illinois Walleye Trail event scheduled for April 21 will be postponed until Saturday, May 18 because of theIllinois Riverflooding, according to the IWT Facebook page.
The IWT’s Points Qualifier, that would have been this weekend, will be held in conjunction with the two-day State Championship. That Saturday’s event will double as the conclusion of the regular season as well as the first day of the championship in terms of points. So entrants will receive points toward the 4th Qualifier on Saturday as well as double points toward the championship leading up to Sunday.
In addition, IWT will award the highest finishing “Lund Boats Team” $500 on Saturday’s 4th Qualifer. As well as $2,500 to the highest finishing “Lund Boats Team of the Year” on Sunday.
* After taking the lead on the first day of competition with a record-breaking 49-pound, 10-ounce basket, Iowans Marty Stuefen and Carl Holten hung on to win the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s Detroit River and western Lake Erie tournament at Trenton, Mich., according to the MWC site http://masterswalleyecircuit.com.
MWC promoter Dan Palmer had told the NewsTribune last week that the anglers would break records over the weekend atDetroit.
Despite foul weather and water temperatures hovering in the 40s, a total of 1,011 walleyes crossed the stage and were quickly returned to the river in the catch-and-release format. The 122 teams racked up 187 five-fish MWC limits during the two days, including numerous trophy walleyes. “The fishing was incredible,” said MWC Tournament Director Dan Palmer. “This is the best big-fish river in the country.”