Tournaments all over Pool 13 & 14

I went fishing Saturday, the river finally dropped enough where I can fish wingdams and the weather finally broke, it had been really hot and muggy. I caught a walleye and a walleye tournamnet boat moved in on me. So I left, I can’t show someone exactly where I catch fish and how. I went to another spot and caught one fish and a walleye tournament boat moved in on me. So I left and went to another spot, a tournament boat went by, saw me, turned around and came and moved in on me. Since there was 2 big Bass tournaments, or maybe there was 6, who knows, but I know there was at least two because of the strings of boats running down river and strings of boats running up river at the same time. So I decided to quit early and could have a peacefull day on Sunday since all the tournaments were on Saturday.

I went out Sunday, caught a fish and a Walleye tournament boat moved in on me. It was another circuit, different boats but they do the same thing. They all fish the same spots all the tiome and when they look for fish, they just ride around looking for locals or competitors that have been catching fish. There was two big Bass tournaments going on as well. Strings of boats running up and down river at the same time. So I went to another spot, a walleye boat went by, saw me, turned around and moved in on me. So I moved to anopther area, a boat went by, saw me, moved in on me. So I figured it was a good time to go looking for new spots but every boat that went by stopped and started fishing, or went by real close they they could lock me in with gps. I sure hated to quit early but fishing was so frustrating it just wasn’t worth the stress.

I woke up this morning and the nice weather was gone. It was stormy, hot and humid. I only caught one small fish. I had been doing ok, but now after all the fishing pressure I didn’t catch any. Now the river is on the rise again and turning muddy and the heat is back. I feel like I got robbed.

The tournaments are out of control, but with so many tournament guys complaining about regulations there is little the DNR can do. I can’t even go out to take photos without guys moving in on me.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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