Hennepin Duo Wins Walleye Trail Qualifier

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A Hennepin duo came away with the top prize money and heaviest basket of walleye and sauger at the Illinois Walleye Trail tournament at Henry on Sunday.

In the third qualifying tournament of the IWT 2016-17 season, Ray Bradford Sr. and Ray Bradford Jr. had a six-fish limit weighing in at 13.25 pounds to win $1,850 and to move up in the points list. The tournament series resumes in spring.

Jason Wresch and Ed Mucha from Melrose finished second with at 12.42-pound total for $1,220; Oakbrook’s Dave Kleszyk and Rick Parrott took third; and Corey Blair and Kevin Hanson from Oglesby finished fourth. Blair had the big-fish prize, a 4.77-pound walleye. Ottawa’s Mike Hanson and J.J. DeBernardi took fifth and $246.

This past weekend, many of the anglers caught on to patterns for catching walleye, said Adam Sandor, who organizes the tournament series.

“There’s a tremendous population of (walleye) and I’d say 1/3 of the 110 fish weighed were walleyes — enough of them where guys are able to target them and fish exclusively for them as they stay a touch shallower than sauger,” said Sandor, who caught a 27-inch walleye himself on Friday.

Source: News Tribune