Many teams brought impressive weights to the scales both days of the 2012 Mercury National Walleye Tournament, held on Lake Winnebago out of Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin June 9-10, 2012. It took more than a 16 pound average per day to make the money, which is totally the opposite of last year, as 16 pounds for both days would've put you in the money!
The winners reported catching their fish in the mud of Lake Winnebago, pulling spinners to entice their fish to bite. Their two day total of 45.12 pounds was enough to earn a $13,000 check! A good majority of the boats fished the mud for the tournament, but there were some nice weights brought to the scales from the weeds on Lake Winnebago as well as from the upriver lakes of the system.
The day one leaders faltered a bit, but still ended up taking a top five finish in a 300 boat tournament, which is tough to do! Complete results of the tournament can be found at http://www.fishtfm.com/
There are Walleyes everywhere in the system right now, and they seem to be hungry everywhere as well, as many anglers reported catching 30+ Walleyes a day during both prefishing and the tournament! Next weekend brings the annual Otter Street fishing tournament, which means another busy week on the waters of Lake Winnebago! Expect the solid fishing to continue for the next couple weeks, until water clarity deteriorates and the bait fish abundance increases.