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Young anglers eligible for muskie honor roll

April 05, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Prairie State Outdoors

The Illinois Muskie Tournament Trail has established a new youth program for 2011 – the Youth Honor Roll.

The program seeks to recognize young anglers that catch a muskie in Illinois, and to promote conservation practices such as catch-and-release fishing.

There is no cost to participate.

Bob Kerans, found of the Illinois Muskie Tournament Trail says successful anglers will receive a wood plaque with an engraved plate including the youth’s name and the particulars of the catch.

Kerans says the IMTT has been trying to get kids involved in muskie fishing.

“We tried three different tournaments around the state last year, and with school and everything going on it didn’t go that well,” he says. “But we knew the kids were catching fish, and one day the idea came to me.”

Young anglers who catch a muskie should submit a picture and an entry form printed from the IMTT Website.

“Have him or her send a picture of the muskie, the date caught, size, lake and very simple identifying information, and we will in turn make up a plaque in exchange,” Kerans says.

Catches must be made within the state of Illinois.

Youth will be divided into two classifications including 10 years old and under and 11-18.

All anglers that submit their information will be entered into a contest for a rod and reel to be awarded to the youth who catches the biggest muskie, and the youth who catches more than one fish during the year, measured in total inches.

Deadline to submit entries is Nov. 1.

Print out the entry form at: http://www.illmuskie.com/youthtrail.shtml.

For more information, call Bob Kerans at (217) 414-0093.

Four events remain on the Illinois Muskie Tournament Trail schedule this spring.

April 30 - Fox Chain O’ Lakes - Fox River Valley

April 30 - May 1 - Lake Kinkaid - Shawnee Muskie Hunters

May 14 - 15 - Fox Chain O’ Lakes

May 21 - Lake Shelbyville Muskie Club

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