State bass fishing tournament will be held May 31-June 1

News-DemocratMay 9, 2013 

The Illinois High School Association Board Bass Fishing State Finals has been rescheduled for May 31-June 1 at Carlyle Lake.

The tournament, which had been set for May 3-4, was postponed because of high water levels at the lake.

"We share in the frustration of the qualifying anglers who want to get out and fish," IHSA Associate Executive Director Kurt Gibson said in a statement. "However, we need to make sure that Carlyle Lake has the opportunity to properly lower its water levels before we conduct our state championship.

"We are confident that, in looking at both the long-range weather models and also speaking with the Corps of Engineers, water levels will have dropped sufficiently by the end of the month and enable us to host the state finals at one of our state's premier fishing venues."

Several of the sectional tournaments were delayed because of weather this season, as the 22 sectionals originally scheduled for April 19 were ultimately completed April 26.

Fifty-two boats qualified at the sectional level for the state tournament and are slated to compete May 31-June 1.

Highland won the state championship last year, reeling in 27-pounds-13-ounces of bass from Carlyle Lake.

Belleville News-Democrat is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service