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Tip of the tale: Walleye on the Illinois

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SPRING VALLEY, Ill.--John Mannerino quit tournament fishing. So he has some time on his hands.

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I finally got out with the North Side plumbing supervisor on Sunday. As the 18 1/2-inch walleye above shows, it was a productive day on the Illinois River, fishing both upstream and downstream of Spring Valley.

Mannerino caught it on a plain ``Purple Funk'' hair jig, custom-made by Tim ``Hutch'' Hutchison, a Mannerino mentor and owner of Hutch's Tackle and Guide Shop in Prairie du Chien, Wis. near the mighty Mississippi.

The walleye led to an interesting speculation by Mannerino, who has walleye fished all over the country.

He thought the increasing numbers of walleye being caught on the Illinois River were a result of fishermen become smarter at fishing the Illinois and using more crankbaits, as well as the increasing numbers of walleye in the feeder rivers of the Fox, Des Plaines and Kankakee.

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Hmm? Smarter? What's that say about me catching the first walleye?

Overall, it was a good solid day with many story angles (always a good idea for me) and some 20 sauger and walleye caught and released. We had one limit of keepers between us.

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Maybe the highlight of the day were the number of these small saugers (that's Mannerino with the day's first sauger) we caught.

It's a good sign of the next couple years of sauger fishing on the Illinois, especially for Spring Valley, ``Sauger Capital of the World.''

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I think I had more fun than you did. You have a seat in my boat anytime.

Way to go Papa!! I can't wait to show this to the boys.

It was nice seeing you guys on the water. It looks like the "sauger capital of the world" is in good shape. I was down there for a few days and we caught sauger at nearly every stop from above the 39 bridge to 7 miles south of Hennepin. Just wait until some cold weather comes in to concentrate those fish! By the way, we would have loved that walleye on Sunday!

Roy, it was nice to see you, and it was nice to see John's walleye, not that I am equating the two. But I am not as eager for cold weather as you are. Even with the fish scattered, we had a decent day.

Way to go Rockman. I hope you told Mr Bowman the story behind this FAMOUS name we have all given you. Hutch

Ya Hutch I told him. He got a kick out of it. Its funny how one day of catching rocks stays with you for a lifetime.HAHAHAHA

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