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IHSA state bass fishing sectionals set for April 19

April 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM

The State Journal-Register

The Illinois High School Association state bass fishing championships begin next Friday with sectional tournaments at 22 sites statewide.

Sangchris Lake, on the border between Sangamon and Christian Counties, will host one of the sectional tournaments.

“There are 11 teams in our sectional with two teams (boats) coming from each school,” said Athens High School science teacher and bass fishing coach Kerry Trueblood.

“Our sectional is full, and it should be a good turnout again.”

The bass fishing program has grown slowly but steadily since the inaugural season of 2008 – 2009.

This year, 228 schools are participating.

Kurt Gibson, associate executive director for the IHSA said the bass fishing program is "finding its footing," with consistent participation from member schools.

Gibson said the final number of participating schools is 228, down slightly from the original 237 that signed up this year.

A few schools had problems fielding enough boats.

Still interest remains high, with most schools bringing two teams, and two boats, to the sectional tournaments.

“Bass fishing is still growing in the state with more schools coming on each year,” Trueblood said.

The state finals will be held May 3 – 4 at Carlyle Lake.

At Sangchris Lake, anglers must check in at 7 a.m. April 19.

Fishing hours will be from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Teams can keep a maximum of five fish over 12 inches long.

Sectional sites:

Argyle Lake
Banner Marsh
Braidwood Lake
Busse Woods Reservoir
Chain O'Lakes #1 (South)
Chain O'Lakes #2 (North)
Coffeen Lake
Des Plaines Conservation Area
Evergreen Lake
Forbes Lake
Heidecke Lake
Lake Bloomington
Lake of Egypt
Lake Shelbyville
Lake Vermilion
Mississippi River Pool 13
Pierce Lake
Rend Lake
Sangchris Lake
Shabbona Lake
Skokie Lagoons
Wolf Lake

Number of participating schools by year:

2009: 199
2010: 225
2011: 222
2012: 232
2013: 228

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