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Go Fish!

Master’s Walleye Tournament good to go

SPRING VALLEY — Barring another late curve ball by Mother Nature, with a late rain storm up river between Chicago and Joliet, the Master’s Walleye Circuit Spring Valley Tournament is a go for this weekend.

Spring Valley Walleye Club president Bill Guerrini said things are looking much better than they were a week ago when high waters and an ice block at Barto Landing threatened the annual Spring Valley showcase.

“I don’t want to give anybody false impression that they’re great or perfect, but compared to a week ago, things are definitely improving,” Guerrini said. “We’ve seen the water go down a couple feet the last five or six days. It should drop, according to the Corps of Engineers another a foot and a half, which is all good, because as it drops it starts to clear up and clean up a little bit.

“Water temperature is somewhere 38 to 39. Still a little cool, but that goes with the territory in the spring time.”

Guerrini said registration was extended until Monday morning because the numbers were down, so the amount of teams were are a little fuzzy. He anticipated just about 100 two-man teams.

This year’s tournament will be by artificial-lure only with no live bait permitted.

The tournament will launch at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Notes: The flags at Barto Landing were lowered to half-staff to honor SWC member Mark Actis Sr., who passed away last week. “That’s my fishing buddy. He’s going to be missed,” Guerrini said.

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