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MWC and flooding of the Illinois River

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There's something symbolic here.

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Volunteers from Spring Valley Walleye Club were working hard Monday morning to clear mud off Barto Landing. So it would be ready for the 23rd Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit tournament this weekend. Details are below.

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I rode with Roy Vivian, who checked out the operating of his Lowrance as we waited for the river to reopen to boating at 10 a.m. Monday.

And that's my concern, how often the Illinois now has major floods.

This was the second of the top three all-time floods on the Illinois in less than six months. Staff at Starved Rock said the main parking lot by the river was shut 70 days last year because of flooding.

Those numbers scare me, as they should everybody.

Eventually, that will continue to have an impact, an economic impact, as people go elsewhere to fish or vacation. Two years, the MWC tournament was shortened by a flood, the ``Mud Bowl.'' Since then entries have been down from what used to be the most anticipated of MWC events.

The fishing is still OK, Vivian and I caught fish, even though we were spot jumping in high water. Wednesday's story is here.

I worry.

In part because the MWC tournament is the major source of eggs for the stocking of sauger in the Illinois and other places. The tournament serves multiple purposes.

Weigh-ins begin Saturday and Sunday, generally around 2 p.m. Spectators need to park at Hall High School and ride the free shuttle. Take I-80 west, then the Ladd/Spring Valley exit and go south.

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