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FOND DU LAC — The Mercury National Walleye Tournament (coinciding with Walleye Weekend) is occurring this weekend in Fond du Lac and participants of the tournament have had varied results in the days leading up to the event trying to find the prized walleyes.

Lake Winnebago is in good shape with fairly clear water, but is about two weeks behind normal seasonal fishing trends due to the lengthy winter.

The weed beds have not emerged to any large degree in 2014 on Lake Winnebago, leaving many anglers scratching their head as to the locations of many of the larger walleyes. In addition, heavy rains last weekend have made the Fox River difficult to fish due to the dirty water and heavy current. The Fox River is a traditional location of some of the larger bags brought into the scales.

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Mark Schram is an avid tournament fisherman, focusing most of his efforts on the Winnebago System in East Central Wisconsin. Mark's blog will focus on the current fishing conditions and selected topics related to the Lake Winnebago region, outdoor sports and life in general. As an angler, he ultimately strives to educate new and established fishermen on the joys of nature. Mark is the founder of, a published outdoor writer and an active member of many fishing organizations including the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA #182).

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