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Last Update February 1, 2005

Dan Vinovich pro walleye fishermanDan Vinovich Pro walleye fisherman and outdoor writer is 38 years old and hails from Pekin Illinois.  Dan has been a vital part of the Illinois Team Walleye Championship teams in 1997, 1998 and 1999

Dan's fishing Articles
Born Born Peoria, IL 11/21/63
Home Home Pekin, Illinois
Occupation Tournament Fisherman, Outdoor Writer, Owner Predator Guide Service, SeminarSpeaker,Construction Forman
Hobbies Hunting, Fishing
Years as pro 8 years pro 11 years guiding
NPAA # 121

Favorite Techniques
FAVORITE BODY OF WATER  Illinois & Mississippi Rivers
LARGEST WALLEYE  10.50 lbs.Mississippi River released
LARGEST SAUGER 5 lbs Illinois River released
FAVORITE PRESENTATION 3-Way Rigging with Spoons, Stickbaits, Wet Flies, Spinners
LARGEST LIMIT OF SAUGER 5 fish 15.14 Team Walleye Illinois River 
FIRST TOURNAMENT  White Bass Illinois River 1985

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Bass Pro Shops     Online RiversideBait Pekin Illinois
Lowrance Electronics the walleye pro's choice Walleyes Inc The internet choice for serious walleye fisherman
Mercury Outboard Motors The Water Calls   The Sign Shop 
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Vista Cam Underwater  Viewing system Offshore tackle Eagle Claw Hooks


PRADCO Watkins Marine Wazp Tackle
GrimReaper Lures - Morehead, Kentucky Musky Mania Tackle - Indianapolis, Indiana Keel Guard Wood Cross Utah
Power Tech Propellers - Shreveport, Louisiana Minn Kota trolling motors

Nov. 10, 1996,Spring Valley, Illinois River - 1st Place
Back to Back Wins Award 
Mar. 23, 1997, Spring Valley, Illinois River - 8th Place
May 17 & 18, 1997, E. Dubuque, Mississippi River - 5th Place
1997 U.S.F.A. Illinois State Champion
1997 U.S.F.A. Championship Qualifier
Oct. 12, 1997, Spring Valley, Illinois River - 4th Place
Nov. 2, 1997, Spring Valley, Illinois River - 3rd Place
Mar. 26, 1998, Spring Valley, Illinois River - 3rd Place
U.S.F.A. Back to Back Wins Award 1998
Apr. 15, 1998, Spring Valley, Illinois River 1st Place
May 1, & 2, 1998, E. Dubuque, Mississippi River 2nd Place
U.S.F.A. Back to Back Wins Award
1998 U.S.F.A. Illinois State Champion
1998 U.S.F.A. Championship Qualifier
Oct. 18, 1998, Spring Valley, Illinois River 5th Place
Dec. 13, 1998, Spring Valley, Illinois River 1st Place
Mar. 14, 1999, Spring Valley, Illinois River 1st Place
U.S.F.A. Back to Back Wins Award
Apr. 11, 1999, Spring Valley, Illinois River 9th Place
May 1, & 2, 1999, E. Dubuque, Mississippi River 7th Place
Dec. 12, 1999, Spring Valley, Illinois River 4th Place
1999 U.S.F.A. Illinois State Champion
1999 U.S.F.A. Championship Qualifier
1999 National Angler of the Year
Oct.15, 2000, Henry, Illinois River 3rd Place                                                                                                                                         Dec.10, 2000, Spring Valley, Illinois River 1st Place
Dec.10, 2000, Spring Valley, Illinois River Big Fish Honors
April 15, 2001, Spring Valley, Illinois River 10th Place
May 19-20, 2001, Lake Shelbyville 9th place State Championship
2001 U.S.F.A National Championship Qualifier
2001 Finished 5th overall in points in Illinois
Oct. 19, 20, 21, 2001, 4th Place Illinois Directors Muskie Cup Lake Shelbyville
Oct. 4,5,6, 2002, 7th Place Illinois Directors Muskie Cup Lake Shelbyville
Dan's Fishing tips

Changing Leader Lengths 

 Most people use a standard leader length of about 48 inches.  This length of leader is sufficient for most 3-way applications.  However, changing your leader length can make a big difference in putting more fish in the boat on a given day.  When I start a search pattern trolling 3-way rigs in rivers, I always set each of our rods with different leader lengths.  One rod will be at 24 inches.  The rest I will increase the leader length 24 inches all the way to 10 feet.  The fish will tell you where they want the baits.  You simply change the rest of the rods to the length that is catching fish.  The same holds true with the dropper length.  A good rule of thumb to go by is the colder the water, the shorter the dropper.  As water temperature increases, so should the dropper length.

Putting More Action Into Your 3-Way Stickbait Trolling

 When you cast crankbaits, do you usually cast and reel?  No, you change up your lure speed and pause the bait.  This change of speed imitates a dying or fleeing bait fish, which, in turn, causes the natural instinct of the predator to strike.  You can add this kind of action into your 3-way presentations by changing the size and the shape of the weight.  For example, if you are running a 1 oz. pencil weight on a 3-way rig, the weight is sliding along the bottom, keeping the crankbait swimming with a non stop forward action.  Now if I change the shape of the weight to a bell sinker, the action changes. The weight catches momentarily on the bottom.  Thus, the rod loads up with a slight bend.  As the weight frees itself, the rod springs forward causing the crankbait to lunge forward.  As the weight catches on bottom again, the bait pauses before lunging forward.  Now change the weight to a pyramid style sinker and the weight snags up a little longer, causing the rod to load up a little more, and thus, a longer pause and a sharper lunge forward of the bait.  By increasing the weight of any given sinker, you can vary the length of the pause and sudden lunge of the bait.  Try this the next time you are trolling crankbaits on 3-way rigs.  I am sure it will help you put more fish in the boat.

2 Motor Method For Wing Dams

 Trying to hold on the upstream face of a wing dam can result in drained trolling motor batteries and hard feelings when the wind is blowing and the current is strong. To conserve power, I will start up my Mercury 9.9 kicker motor on my Targa 2000.  By using my kicker as my main base of power and steering with my bow mount electric, I can maintain a precise presentation and not drain my batteries, enabling me to hold on the wing dam all day if I choose.  This will result in more fish because the fish always turn on when the batteries are going dead!!!!

Dan's 2000 Show, Seminar and tournament schedule

Dans TV show
Professional Fisherman Daniel Vinovich will be taking over the host spot of the Fishing segments of the television show Illinois Adventure.  The show has aired for the last 12 years on this P.B.S. affiliate WTVP channel 47.  Dan will be replacing retiring host Jim Gardner.  Dan will be filming on average 5-8 new shows per year.  The shows will range from catfishing with a kid to tournament techniques for trophy walleye.  They are also planning on filming at least one hunting segment a year.  All of the shows will be shot on location at different state and private areas in the State of Illinois.  The show airs on Thursday nights at 8:00 p.m. and again on Sundays at 4:00 p.m.  We hope you can join Dan and his guests as they travel Illinois in search of adventure.

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