This came in from Bob Kidd of the Illinois Walleye Trail regarding the Carpenters Tournament on the Illinois River last wekend.
The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters arrived at Spring Valley and found water conditions somewhat high, but good clarity. To say the least the saugers were in full cooperation and on the feedbag.
Thanks to the Illinois biologists from LaSalle Lake, collecting the sauger and walleye catch to take to the hatchery for milking. A total of 154 fish scaled , 4 being walleyes, 115 females and 35 males. Out of the 115 females, three had already spent out.
Teams were catching fish just about everywhere, on crank baits, threeways, and jig and minnow. At the end of the day, the old jig and minnow dominated. Rich Monte and Shawn McGinnis had a 6 fish limit weighing 12.85 lbs. They also had big fish of the tournament with a 4.92 walleye.
Placing second Mike Thomas and Bob Horvath with a 6 fish limit weighing 12.51. They also had a 3.26 sauger.
Rounding out the top three is the team of Don Johnson and Stephen Hunter with a limit of 6 fish weighing 11.83.