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Carlyle Lake bad bass rap unfair

May 07, 2009 at 08:06 AM

Carlyle Lake gets an unfair bad rap when it comes to bass fishing.

At least that’s what some local anglers say in a story today by Rod Kloeckner in the Belleville News-Democrat.

“The last few years, the lake really has been given a bum rap,” said Jon Rinderer, coach of the Highland bass fishing team. “A lot of circuits have quit going there because the fish populations were down and weigh-ins weren’t very healthy at all. But, the real bass fishermen know they’re in there and they still go.

“Because the tournaments have backed off, the fishing is pretty good right now. I would rate Carlyle as excellent right now.”

Click here to read more about the lake that will play host to the first Illinois High School Association bass fishing state championship today through Saturday.

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I’m grew up in Carlyle and now reside in the Peoria Area.  Carlyle can be one of the most challenging lakes to fish for bass.  You can do very well if you know where to go otherwise you will have a very negative point of view on the bass fishing there.  It’s very large size can be intimidating for someone who doesn’t know where to go.  Yet, this lake will surprise you if you fish in a few of the exceptional locations.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/07 at 08:53 AM

any time tourneys leave a lake its a good thing.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/07 at 09:22 AM

actually wish they woul.d leave clinton lake. there was 2 last saturday and 3 on sunday. i dont know which group but one of the groups made a mess of the parking lot and left it there and gave me a few bad words when i said something when they were leaving. the big tournaments that know what there doing are ok i guess, but these 10 or 15 boat little mini-tourneys ran by john “i think im a bass fisherman” doe are getting to be a pain… anyone with a website wants to do a tourney nowadays its just to much to have 5 tourneys in 1 weekend on a lake

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/07 at 12:09 PM

Let me get this straight…Big tournaments with 50-100 “big boats” are OK because they know what they are doing? Based on what? Just because you have enough money for a big rig doesn’t mean your a better fisherman. I would much rather see several small boat tournaments than one large one. Most small club tournaments are put together and run very well. Tournaments on state owned lakes are heavily regulated with a limited number of boats on any given day. Lets not get down on those of us who don’t run with the big dogs.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/07 at 12:35 PM

I agree with streamgager.  I fish in alot of john boat tournaments and do very well in them.  I also used to fish on the low side for federation where we fished out of “big rigs.”  Yes I did very well in that series as well. Acually won the two day classic the first year I ever fished in the series.  Although I have come to realize those big tournaments where the people “know what they are doing” really don’t know anything about fishing.  I am not saying they are all bad fisherman because most are very good in that series but i guess i just had some bad luck with my partners.  All I am trying to say is the small john boat tournys prob have some of the best fisherman in the area in them.  Especially with the way the economy is right now its alot nicer splitting a $60 entry fee then spending $150 by yourself.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/07 at 02:18 PM

whati meant is something such as bass master classic isnt going to go and have anglers throwwing 25 beer cans and bottles in a parking lot. that would be bad publicity…some of these little weekend ones especially at clinton have been that way and are getting more numerous lately. i wasnt necesarily saying the quality of the fisherman but the quality of people themselves and how they are ran. the larger tournaments are usually ran better cause the club or federation has more experience then jims weekend warrior bass club who think its ok to have non sanctioned tournaments and tell people to f.k. off and they cant use the ramp till after there tourney starts and stre beercans in parking lot after its done.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/07 at 04:05 PM

and i have no issues with tourneys cept the amount of them nowadays. used to be you would have one every few weeks that was pretty well run but now on some lakes there is 2,3 even 4 tournaments going at one time on a weekend which is way to much in my honest opinion and thats just on some of the lakes i fish on at this rate most the local lakes will turn into lake of egypt where you cant cast without hitting a tourney angler.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 05/07 at 04:21 PM

makes a big difference when you got 3 or 4x 25 boats rushing to one spot or launching at same time telling you to piss off and wait they are having a tourney and you cant use the ramp untill so and so time even so they arent launching but are lined up 25 deep at the ramp drinking cofee and telling fish stories or when your fishing a spot and they come up to you and say were in a tourney this is our spot you need to move or start casting over you… not all tourney anglers are bad but these rinky dink ones organized in jimbos backyard do set a bad taste in my mouth… yes some regular people also are ignorant and do litter but its easier to clean up after 1 then 25, took me nearly an hour to clean up after these bozos last week. not my job but i will not leave an area i fish from messy like that regardless

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