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Illinois hunting and fishing

High school bass sectional lakes

February 19, 2009 at 06:27 AM

Carlyle gearing up

Plans are coming together for the state bass fishing finals at Carlyle Lake May 8-9. According to Rod Kloeckner of the Belleville News-Democrat, "The staging area for the finals will be held on the massive Dam West Boat Ramp parking lot adjacent to West Access Marina and the main beach. A stage with ample seating and plenty of tents will be erected on the parking lot. Teams will launch their boats from the ramp." A free concert is being planned for Friday and there will be a casting tournament and youth fishing derby. Click here to read more.

High school bass anglers in Illinois who are eager to wet a line now have sectional lakes to explore as they start fishing this spring.

The Illinois High School Association has settled on 17 of the 18 lakes that will serve as sectional sites in the nation’s first high school bass fishing state championship. Schools have also been assigned to sectionals. So you can look now and see where you will be fishing.

“I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails from people wanting to know where the lakes they will be fishing are. They want to get out and fire up some events against other schools,” said Dave Gannaway, an IHSA assistant executive director in charge of the fishing series. “I know they are just licking at their chops seeing some of these lakes start to thaw. They are antsy to get out and that’s real good.”

Sectionals will be held Friday, April 24. Fishing will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each school can enter two boats with a roster of up to three anglers per boat, only two of whom can fish at the same time. An adult must be onboard to drive the outboard motor and can also drive the trolling motor, if the anglers desire.

Gannaway said everyone in a boat is required to wear a life jacket the entire time and eyewear will also be required. There is no mandatory size or make of boat required, but all boats must be safety approved.

The top three boats at each sectional qualify for the May 8-9 state finals at Carlyle Lake. Prefishing will be held May 7.

“At a couple of the lakes up north there could be some definite restriction on what (size of boat and motor) can go on those lakes,” Gannaway said. “But everybody is going to be fishing under the same requirement on those lakes. As long as they are all fishing under the same rules at a lake, I have no problem with that.”

Here are the sectional sites:


Tampier Lake
Burbank (Reavis)
Chicago (Brother Rice)
Chicago (Marist)
Chicago (Simeon)
Darien (Hinsdale South)
Evergreen Park
Hinsdale (Central)
Lemont (H.S.)
Oak Lawn (Community)
Orland Park (Sandburg)
Palos Hills (Stagg)
Summit (Argo)

Busse Woods Reservoir
Carol Stream (Glenbard North)
Downers Grove (North)
Downers Grove (South)
Elmhurst (Immaculate Conception)
Elmhurst (York)
Hoffman Estates (Conant)
Hoffman Estates (H.S.)
Lisle (Sr.)
Wheaton (North)
Wheaton (St. Francis)
Wheaton (W. Warrenville South)

Skokie Lagoons
Chicago (De La Salle)
Chicago (St. Patrick)
Chicago (Taft)
Des Plaines (Maine West)
Maywood (Proviso East)
Northbrook (Glenbrook North)
Oak Park (Fenwick)
Riverside (R.-Brookfield)
Skokie (Niles North)
Wilmette (Loyola Academy)
Wilmette (Regina Dominican)
Winnetka (North Shore Country Day)

Chain of Lakes 1
Arlington Heights (Hersey)
Elgin (H.S.)
Elgin (Larkin)
Lincolnshire (Stevenson)
Mt. Prospect (Prospect)
South Elgin
Vernon Hills

Chain of Lakes 2
Fox Lake (Grant)
Grayslake (North)
Gurnee (Warren)
Hebron (Alden-H.)
Lake Villa (Lakes)
Richmond (R.-Burton)
Waukegan (H.S.)
Woodstock (Marian)
Zion (Z.-Benton)

Pierce Lake
Fulton (H.S.)
Lanark (Eastland)
Poplar Grove (North Boone)
Rockford (Auburn)
Rockford (Boylan)
Rockford (Christian Life)
Rockford (East)
Rockford (Guilford)
Rockford (Jefferson)
South Beloit


LaSalle Lake
Bradley (B.-Bourbonnais)
Braidwood (Reed-Custer)
Coal City
Grant Park
Manlius (Bureau Valley)
Sterling (H.S.)
Sterling (Newman Central Catholic)

Heidecke Lake
Frankfort (Lincoln-Way East)
Frankfort (Lincoln-Way North)
Joliet (Twp.)
Midlothian (Bremen)
New Lenox (Lincoln-Way Central)
Oswego (East)
Oswego (H.S.)
Plainfield (South)
Romeoville (H.S.)
Tinley Park (Andrew)

Shabbona Lake
Aurora (A. Christian)
Aurora (Illinois Math and Science Academy)
Aurora (Marmion Academy)
Naperville (North)
St. Charles (East)
St. Charles (North)


Clinton Lake
Argenta (A.-Oreana)
Champaign (Centennial)
Champaign (St. Thomas More)
DeLand (D.-Weldon)
Gibson City (G.C.-Melvin-Sibley)
Mahomet (M.-Seymour)
Maroa (M.-Forsyth)
St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden)
Tolono (Unity)

Evergreen Lake
Mackinaw (Deer Creek-M.)
Minonk (Fieldcrest)
Normal (Community West)
Normal (Community)
Roanoke (R.-Benson)
Streator (Twp.)
Streator (Woodland)
Varna (Midland)

Banner Marsh
Chillicothe (Illinois Valley Central)
East Peoria
Glasford (Illini Bluffs)
Peoria (P. Christian)
Peoria (Richwoods)
Peoria (Woodruff)

Argyle Lake
Camp Point (Central)
Carthage (Illini West)
Joy (Westmer)
Moline (H.S.)
Monmouth (M.-Roseville)
Sciota (West Prairie)


Sangchris Lake
Ashland (A-C Central)
Buffalo (Tri-City)
Springfield (H.S.)
Springfield (Lanphier)
Springfield (Lutheran)
Springfield (Southeast)

Lake Shelbyville
Atwood (A.-Hammond)
Decatur (D. Lutheran)
Decatur (MacArthur)
Georgetown (G.-Ridge Farm)
Macon (Meridian)
Moweaqua (Central A & M)
Mt. Zion
Sidell (Jamaica)

Coffeen Lake
Alton (Marquette)
Edwardsville (H.S.)
Edwardsville (Metro-East Lutheran)
Mt. Olive
Waterloo (Gibault Catholic)
Waterloo (H.S.)
White Hall (North Greene)


Lake of Egypt
Anna (A.-Jonesboro)
Carrier Mills (C.M.-Stonefort)
Golconda (Pope County)
Herrin (H.S.)
Marion (Crab Orchard)
Marion (H.S.)
Tamms (Egyptian)
West Frankfort (Frankfort)
Wolf Lake (Shawnee)

Forbes Lake
Beecher City
Effingham (St. Anthony)
Louisville (North Clay)
Olney (East Richland)
Wayne City






Your CommentsComments :: Terms :: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

What is wrong with people in Central and Northern Illinois?  Don’t you ever look at a map of the State? Coffeen Lake is in Central Illinois.  There are at least a dozen better fishing lakes in Southern Illinois than the other two mentioned in your article, including Crab Orchard Lake, Kincaid Lake, the Smithland Pool in the Ohio River, and Devil’s Kitchen Lake.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/18 at 09:00 PM

Big D
As per your friendly suggestion, we have changed Coffeen Lake to south-central Illinois, which is more accurate. And I have passed on your name to the IHSA as someone who would be better at organizing the state fishing tournament. Silly me, I thought this was kind of a neat program they had going. I look forward to the excellent changes you will make.

Posted by Jeff Lampe on 02/18 at 09:49 PM

I am thoroughly jealous that IHSA is starting this now…why oh why couldn’t they have had this when I was in school?! Although it seems from reading this it wouldn’t matter since I do not see Paw Paw on the list of schools.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/19 at 08:13 AM

Sorry Jeff, no disrespect meant to the program.  I’m sure that the people running the program are doing a great job, especially just getting started. The point I was trying to make was that there is a lot of this State left below I-64.  But, that is a great idea you have there about volunteering to help.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/19 at 09:01 AM

Far be it from me to defend the IHSA. I agree there are some better bass lakes than what was chosen. But lining up lakes was not an easy process for the IHSA. I expect it to become easier over time and as more people see the potential here. And suggestions will only help the IHSA. I just hate hearing too many complaints about a first-year program that is obviously going to have some rough edges but that is also the first of its kind.

Posted by Jeff Lampe on 02/19 at 10:50 AM

Jeff…do you know what the restrictions are on the boat? I would be happy to help out Dunlap win the first year of the IHSA Bass Tourney!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/19 at 07:29 PM

Wish they had this at Dunlap back in 1989!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/19 at 07:30 PM

There are no boat restrictions. Only that they have all the required safety devices. I assume there will be some john boats. But it will probably be best to have a decent-sized bass boat what with three people on board at the same time.

Contact the Dunlap school. I am sure their coach would appreciate some help from someone with a boat.

Posted by Jeff Lampe on 02/19 at 08:24 PM

tw67….your school isn’t in it? You should make it a point for them to be in it! If not I’m sure that I can take you to SCHOOL anytime! LOL! If you want I can take you to school at Lake Camelot free of charge! grinBanner Marsh or anywhere else I may have to charge! LMAO!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/20 at 10:37 AM

tw67 said: “…and those Southern boys,Well they might have a chance,if they allow cane poles.”

That said, I’m donating some tackle to the ‘good ole boys’ from Pope County, I’d hate to see them beat ya’all in a fishing darby with cane poles.  But they’re on their own digging their own worms.
What with them government boys outlawing lead fishing tackle and all, what are these boys gonna use fer bait? :>}

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/21 at 06:12 AM

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