2001 Schedule and results
Rescheduled Oct 16-20
Treasure Island Casino and Resort
||Little Bay De Noc
||Big Stone Lake
Spring Valley Brothers Win North American Fishing Club-MWC Tournament
Brothers Gary and John Dalzot of Spring Valley, IL topped a field of
teams winning $14,280.00 in the first stop of the wildlife Forever-Masters
Walleye Circuit held in Spring Valley, Illinois held March 24 - 25,
The winning weight was 34.10 lbs. This was the brothers' second first
win in Spring Valley, having won the tournament last year.
Pictured above from bottom to top are the top
three finishing teams of the 2001 MWC Spring Valleye Opener. Brothers
Gary and John Dalzot of Spring Valley, IL in row 1. Row 2 Jay Janny
of Eagle Wisconsin and Kim "Chief" Papineau of Escanaba Michigan .
Row 3 In third place Ronald Gazvoda and Robert McMullen of Colorado
Jay Janny of Eagle Wisconsin and Kim "Chief" Papineau of Escanaba Michigan
came in second with a weight of 32.15 lbs winning $7,140.00. In third place
Ronald Gazvoda and Robert McMullen with a winning weight of 31.85 lbs.
They returned to Colorado with a check for $5,100.00.
The first day of the tournament was cold and windy with temperatures
from 15 - 27 degrees. Anglers arrived at the weigh-in station covered
from the spray of their boats. When Saturday's weights were all in,
Dalzots had 15.45 lbs., putting them in a three-way tie for tenth place.
Sunday, the final day of the tournament, arrived with even lower
temperatures and occasional snow. While several teams chose not to
end their fishing early, the Dalzots were undeterred and weighed the
heaviest basket of fish for the tournament at 18.65 lbs.
Surrounded by press and friends, the Dalzots explained their winning
technique, "The Illinois River has always been good jigging water.
5/16-ounce orange or white jigs tipped with minnows. Our six pound
helped us feel the bite". The Dalzots caught most of their fish in
beds finding fish in12 - 16 feet of water.
Those unwilling or unable to brave the cold temperatures to watch the
weigh-in, were able to follow along online with a live leader board
by Walleye Central (www.walleyecentral.com <http://www.walleyecentral.com>).
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources was on hand to collect
tournament fish for use in their sauger and walleye hatcheries. All
were then returned to the river.
The next stop of the Wildlife Forever-Masters Walleye Circuit is the
Motorguide tournament in Dubuque Iowa with teams fishing the Mississippi
The Masters Walleye Circuit is a program of Wildlife Forever, a national
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wildlife heritage. The Wildlife Forever-Masters Walleye Circuit emphasizes
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