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MWC: Middle of the spawn & other notes

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SPRING VALLEY, Ill.--You would think with water temperatures in the upper 60s on the Illinois River that sauger and walleye would be well past the spawn.

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But that's not what was when IDNR staff--such as biologist Ken Clodfelter (left) and fish tech Randy Petges--sorted and sexed sauger and walleye Saturday and Sunday for the 26th annual Masters Walleye Circuit event at Spring Valley.

Hatchery staff and biologists put the sauger at about 15-20 percent spawned out Saturday and more than 20 percent on Sunday. Even that seems low with water temperatures in the mid-60s or higher for well over a week.

Dan Johnson and partner Larry Rhoads made one helluva comeback from 82nd place with win with a two-day total of 19.96 pounds. Their final day catch was anchored by a 3.83-pound saugeye, the big fish on Sunday.

The big fish of the tournament--a 6.3-pound walleye--was caught Saturday. Clodfelter said it probably would have pushed 8 pounds with eggs in it.

It was big field for a change with 154 boats, and just about everybody not only caught fish but lots of legal ones, too.

And this is the first time I ever covered the MWC in just a shirt and was still too hot.

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