University of Wisconsin wins FLW College Tournament on Mississippi River | Bass Resource

(Oct. 9, 2017) – The University of Wisconsin team of Turner Truttschel of Madison, Wisconsin, and Colin Steck of Waunakee, Wisconsin, won the FLW College Fishing Central Conference tournament on the Mississippi River Saturday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 16 pounds, 10 ounces. The victory earned the Badgers’ bass club $2,000 and a slot in the 2018 FLW College Fishing National Championship, scheduled for May 30-June 2 on the Red River in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The duo said they spent the tournament picking apart five different areas in Pool No. 9. They said the areas were far enough off of the main river to be considered backwaters, but still had current pushing through them.

“Four of the spots we fished had one or two bigger fish in them, and one had a big school,” said Steck, a freshman majoring in pre-med. “They had grass, rocks and weeds and were anywhere from 1 to 5 feet deep.”

Truttschel, a freshman majoring in pre-business, said the duo caught their first fish on a topwater bait, and the rest on a Brovarney Baits Silicon Swim Jig with either a grub or minnow-style trailer.

“We also lost a good fish at our first spot early on the topwater, but ended up catching it later in the day around 2:30 (p.m.) on the swim jig,” said Truttschel. “Overall we caught around 10 keepers and ended up weighing two smallmouth and three largemouth.”


Another success for the Children’s Therapy Center bass tounament | Dispatch-Argus

The 43rd annual Children’s Therapy Center Bass Tournament, launching out of the Albany Municipal Ramp, continues to be a premier event in the Quad-Cities area, and throughout the Midwest.

Jim Crowley, of Hook & Hunt TV, emceed the event for the third year in a row. This fishing tournament has more of a family feel than a hardcore, big-money bass tournament. Prizes were given to the top husband/wife team, top parent/child team, and even a drawing for top-five place-winnings for teams that did not bring a limit to the scales. Nearly every child under 10 years old left the event with a new fishing pole or some other new fishing gear.

The bass population in the Mississippi River continued to shine with a tournament record 19.52-pound bag of fish (five) winning the event. That is not bad considering this tournament is 43 years old. The 90-plus boats in the tournament brought nearly 700 pounds of bass to the scales.

Brothers Cole and Tanner Atkinson, of Camanche, Iowa, added their names to the short list of multiple-event winners. The brothers also won the event in 2014.

“Everything just went right”, said Cole shortly after weighing in the impressive catch. “We caught four keepers in Pool 13 on Spro Frogs, and our big fish in Pool 14 on a Fat Papa crankbait.” The brothers have spent a lot of time in the boat together as part of the St. Ambrose college fishing team that competed throughout the Midwest.

Second place went to Tom Boyton, DeWitt, and Jacob Crigger, Clinton, with a 17.34-pound bag.  They were also in Pool 13, throwing plastic frogs.

The husband/wife team of Gary and Mary Jones took third with another great bag of 17.18 pounds. They won the husband/wife award as well.

One thing that clearly stood out was the amount of high-school anglers participating in the event.  Many of them fished for their schools earlier in the year at Spring Lake, Pool 13. The observation highlights the next generation of anglers coming up, which will keep this particular tournament alive and well for another 43 years.


18.19 wins 42nd Annual CTCQC tournament on Pools 13 and 14 |

The 42nd annual “CTC Bass Tournament” held last Saturday at Albany Landing on Mississippi River pool 14 was another success.

Why? First and foremost, the stellar event — one of the longest running charity fishing tournaments in the nation — raised more than $12,000 to benefit the Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities. That money will go toward professional therapy services to help QC area youngsters who have developmental disabilities and delays from birth, injury or illness achieve their highest level of independence.

Next, several bass-catching CTC tournament thresholds were set: the highest ever winning weight of 18.19 pounds, the top five two-angler teams all caught limits exceeding 15 pounds and the average weight of bass weighed-in was the highest ever at 2.44 pounds. That said, here’s something to ponder: is the Mississippi River becoming a better bass fishery? Or are “our” anglers getting better at catching bass? Or maybe some of both?

Bill Gretten of Blue Grass, and Mike Valster, of Pella, Iowa, took first place honors, a years worth of bragging rights, a couple of nice trophies and $3,000 cash for catching and bringing in the biggest five-bass CTC tournament limit ever to the scales.

Previous two-time CTC winners, brothers Adam and Scott Crigger took second place with a limit weighing 16.47 pounds. They reported catching about eight keepers in pool 13 using frogs and shad baits.

Third place went to Bobby Jones, of Fulton, and Bill Onken, of Morrison, with 15.36 pounds. They stayed in pool 14 and used chatterbaits to catch 10 keepers.

The biggest bass of the event, coming on a frog bait and weighing 4.72 pounds, was caught by Joe and Andy Murphy, both of Clinton.

The entry fee for the 2016 CTC Charity Tournament was raised to $120 per boat. Of the additional fee, $10 went to the CTC and $10 went into an interesting and fun tournament addition called “Beat the Pro.” BASS pro Mike Iaconelli caught the lowest weight five-bass limit (10.69 pounds) at the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament held in LaCrosse, Wis. So, all of the 19 teams who weighed-in more than 10.69 pounds were entered in a random drawing won by John and Steve Kovaka, both of Savanna, who received $860.

Other special awards this year included top parent/child team who were the Kovakas; top rookie team of Garrett Adamson, of Andalusia, and Blake VerStraete, of Atkinson; and top male/female team of Shawn and Nikki Eickert, both of Clinton.

This tournament was the third and final event of the Quad City Charity Fishing Trail for 2016. This year’s top anglers on the charity trail were Bobby Jones and Shawn Eickert, both of Fulton, who earned $750 cash for their sterling efforts. Second place and free entry into the 2017 charity events went to Tim Albrecht, of LeClaire, and Chuck Fiser, of Aledo. Roger Koopman, of Andalusia, and JJ Patton, of Eldridge, won a set of St. Croix fishing rods for their third-place finish.

The real winners of the event are again the youngsters who will receive professional therapy services provided by the Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities.

Bob Groene is outdoors writer for The Dispatch and The Rock Island Argus, he can be reached at

Source: 18.19 wins 42nd Annual CTCQC tournament on Pools 13 and 14 |

DeFoe holds off Feider, wins Bassmaster Elite on Pools 7, 8, and 9 | Local Sports |

LA CROSSE, Wis. — If emotions were calibrated in the same manner as fishing line, as in 15-pound test, Ott DeFoe was stretched to the limit more times than not on Sunday.

Each time, DeFoe somehow managed to avoid disaster — one time, thanks to a fellow competitor.

Here he was, atop the Plano Bassmaster Elite Series event on the mighty Mississippi River angling for $100,000. He entered Sunday’s final day with a 2½-pound lead over a Bloomington, Minn., pro nicknamed “The Amazing Feider Man,” aka 31-year-old second-year Elite Series angler Seith Feider.

Yet, it was nearly 10 a.m. and almost four hours into the big-time tournament and he had not landed a single keeper. Thanks to a tip from fellow pro Gerald Swindel, that abruptly changed.

The Knoxville, Tenn., man went on to catch 12 pounds, 1 ounce Sunday to finish with a whopping 63 pounds, 10 ounces of bass, which topped Feider’s runner-up total of (62-7).

“Oh man, I don’t even know what to say… it’s been a long time coming,” said DeFoe, nearly overcome by emotion several times during his victory interview before a crowd estimated at more than 1,500 at Veterans Freedom Park near the Clinton Street launch.

“Dude, it is awesome. It is an incredible feeling and a feeling I will never forget. I want to feel it again, too.”

DeFoe had catches of 17-7, 17-11 and 16-7 leading up to Sunday’s final day, where a 107-competitor field had been narrowed to 50 (for Saturday), then to 12 (for Sunday). He was feeling good, feeling confident, but the Mississippi River doesn’t give up its bass easily, and DeFoe found himself struggling on the most important day.

“I don’t know where the wheels fell off, but I couldn’t find them,” DeFoe said. “I have to thank Greg Swindle. I saw him, and said, ‘Dude, I ain’t got a single one. I told him, ‘I will take any bone you have to throw.’”

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15.28 wins for Criggers at CTCQC Charity Tournament

September 19, 2015 – The 2014 Children’s Therapy Center Charity Bass Tournament was tough. High water had a lot of the anglers scratching their heads. But 2015 proved even touger. The water level was not exceedingly high, but heavy rains late in the week before the tournamet made much of the river looking like chocolate milk.

Brothers Scott and Adam Crigger topped the field of 91 teams with a solid 5-fish limit weighing 15.28 pounds. The Criggers took advantage of the guaranteed lock times along with about half the field and locked up to Pool 13. They reported catching their fish on plastics and frogs in weeds. The pair earned $3,000 for their win.

2015 saw the lowest total of fish weighed in since 2010. 17 boats weighed limits, while nearly half the field either blanked or released the fish they had before weigh-in. Tough, indeed.

Big bass went to Carl Hoyt Jr. and Gary Garretson with a healthy 4.94-pound largemouth.

While the river conditions were ugly, Saturday’s weather was beautiful, albeit a little breezy.

Children’s Therapy Center of the Quad Cities Charity Bass Tournament.

Illinois Central College Wins FLW College Fishing Central Conference Event in La Crosse | FLW Fishing

July 25, 2015 —  “I couldn’t be happier with the results,” said Rocke, a junior majoring in marketing. “This is the first year our club has been up and running so to bring home a win is a big step for our sustainability.”

“Like my teammate said, it’s quite an accomplishment,” added Schick, a sophomore majoring in finance. “Its days like these when you’re really proud to represent your school.”

The duo said they started their day casting frogs to lily pads but weren’t able to find the bite. Around 8:30 a.m. they began flipping jigs into wood at a slough near Goose Island and caught a small limit within 30 minutes.

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