Congratulations to Lindy pro-staffer Jason Muche, who claimed one of Lindy Land's most coveted walleye crowns last weekend! He and teammate Tim Feucht sacked a 10-fish, two-day total weight of 39.76 pounds to win the Otter Street Fishing Club's annual Battle on Bago walleye tournament.

Held June 20-21 on Wisconsin's Lake Winnebago where Muche guides, the tournament pitted more than 300 teams against one another in an epic walleye throwdown with more than $100,000 in cash and prizes at stake.

"It hasn't even sunk in,” Muche says. “To finish on top of 300 boats is both a humbling and exciting experience.”

Muche and Feucht paced the pack with a pair of hefty baskets. They weighed a whopping 20.68 pounds on day one and followed up with 19.08 pounds on day two, topping the leaderboard both days and building a nearly 2-pound cushion between themselves and their nearest rivals.
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All of their fish came from the Fox River at Oshkosh.

“We caught half our fish on natural-colored Lindy River Rockers and the other half on 1/8-ounce, green-and-chartreuse Lindy Jigs tipped with a crawler or leech,” Muche said today.

River Rockers were trolled along channel breaks in 8 to 14 feet of water at speeds of 1.2 to 1.4 mph upstream and 2.5 to 2.7 down-current.

“On long, straight, level stretches we used lead-core line, but on uneven bottoms we ran 6-ounce bottom bouncers with a 2-foot dropper and 6-foot leader,” he says. The jigging program involved pitching to bridge abutments, rocks and other structure, then bouncing the jig along bottom.

Besides big-time bragging rights, Muche and Feucht collected $27,000 for their efforts, including the $20,000 first-place payout and a boat bonus.

The tournament, held on Father's Day weekend each summer, is the Otter Street club's largest fundraiser and benefits fisheries projects on the Winnebago system. For details, visit http://theosfc.net.