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  1. a) Who sanctions the Spring Valley tournament and  b) who sponsors it?
  2. What is the Spring Valley Walleye Club?
  3. How do I join the Spring Valley Walleye Club?

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    1. a) Who is the sanctioning body for the Spring Valley Tournament?

    1. b) Who is the sponsoring body for the Spring Valley Tournament?

a.) The Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) is the sanctioning body for this tournament as well as all other tournaments on the MWC fishing circuit. Spring Valley is the first stop on the MWC Tournament schedule. The MWC is financially supported by manufactures of fishing equipment such as: Lindy Little Joe, Berkley/Trilene, Quantum-MotorGuide, Ranger Boats, Willie Products, Mercury Marine Outboards, and Cabela's.

b.) The Spring Valley Walleye Club is the local sponsor. We are responsible for the daily events and organization of the Spring Valley Tournament. Each year over 200 local people volunteer their time and effort to make our event a success. We have 8 major work crews and each crew has a leader. Each person who volunteers usually works a shift that lasts for only 2 hours. If you would like to help out please call Bill Guerrini at 815-663-6141.


2. What is the SPRING VALLEY WALLEYE CLUB, Inc.?

The Spring Valley Walleye Club, Inc. was founded in 1990 by a group of local fisherman interested in preserving and promoting the walleye and sauger fishery of the Illinois River. These fishermen had run the Spring Valley / MWC tournament the previous three years ('87,'88,'89) for the local business community.

The stated purpose of the SVWC is the protection and conservation of the Illinois River and the wildlife therein. All proceeds from the annual MWC tournament (as well as all other projects) go right back into the Illinois River fish (sauger) stocking program.

Annual Spring Valley Walleye Club donations: .

  1. Illinois DNR fish stocking program = $5,000.00.
  2. Hall Township = $3,500 dredging fund*
  3. Maintain & upkeep Barto Landing 

The SVWC project income keeps the usage at Barto Landing free for everyone .

Annual Club dues is $10.00 !! 

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3. When is the $10.00 SVWC dues due and do I have to be a fisherman to join?

The annual $10.00 membership dues can be paid anytime from January 1st to November 1st.

ANYONE can be a member of the SVWC. Many of our members are not fishermen. They are just everyday people interested in helping us help the river system.

You can reach the SVWC by calling BILL GUERRINI (Exec. Director) at his office..........

telephone...........(815) 663-6141

fax.....................(815) 664-2314

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