Catfish Tournament Season in Full Swing

The catfish bite is on, and the Illinois Valley Catfish Trail tournament season has begun.

Joe McCormick and Brent Torres hauled in five cats totaling 31.32 pounds to win the season-opening Ottawa Moose tournament, followed by Brian Espy and Kenny Luttrell, 27.86 lbs; Dan and Tiffany Dippel, 29.33; Mike Crickman and Buck Emmerling, 27.44; and Frank and Mark Sanders, 23.84.

The Illinois River tournaments resume with the Valley Bar & Grill tourney 6 a.m.-noon Sunday, June 23 at Barto Landing, according to the trail site,

The $100 entry fee pays for 80 percent payout, lunch and chances at prizes.

Other tournaments: Maria’s Archway Tap 6a.m.-noon June 29 from any boat launch; Jack’s Bar Catfishing Tournament, 6 a.m-noon July 7, Barto Landing; Side Tracks Bar & Grill Catfishing Tournament, Hennepin boat ramp, 6 a.m.-noon July 21; and the Happy’s Super Service, trail point system championship from Barto Landing 6 a.m.-noon Aug. 11.

Illinois Valley Catfish Trail is a nonprofit tournament trail, Crickman and trail members note.

* While the Illinois Valley trail took a break last week, the Tri-County series at Peoria had 30 teams entered and a first-place total of 34.30 pounds June 15. That series’ next tournament is July 13 from Creve Coeur.

Source: News Tribune