NPAA members score big in the Masters Walleye Circuit

Masters Walleye Circuit Season Opener on the Illinois River had successful results for NPAA members.


For 24 years the MWC has started its season on the Illinois River in Spring Valley, IL. Like many years in the past, this year was a phenomenal bite, and many limits of fish were brought to the scales. That stretch of the Illinois River is known as one of the best Sauger fisheries in the country, and the fishing can be simply incredible. This was one of those years.

Some years, there have been some unfortunate flooding water levels, which makes the fishing a little tougher and a little more dangerous, but this was not one of those years. The water levels were at their normal range for the end of March, and the fish were right on schedule. Most teams were able to bring in a full limit each day, and those that didn't said they went through a lot of smaller fish trying to find a keeper fish. 60-70 fish a day was the report repeated most often over the two days of competition. 1,047 fish were caught in the two days totaling 1762.25 pounds.

Several NPAA members were successful and finished in the money at this event.


NPAA members who finished in the top fifteen included:
3rd Place: Robert Apple of Chadwick, IL NPAA #171
4th Place: Steve Skupien of Frankfort, IL NPAA #984
9th Place: Danny Plautz of Muskego, WI NPAA #315
11th Place: Ron Levin of Beach-Park, IL NPAA #179
14th Place: Guy Lopez of Chicago, IL NPAA # 630

In all, $66,600 was paid out to the top 25 places of the 128 boat field; $6,260 was paid out in big fish cash for the top three fish each day; and $3,200 was paid out in sponsor contingency bonuses for a grand total of $75,060.

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