The Illinois High School Association hosted it's second annual round of sectional tournaments yesterday. I've already shared my thoughts about how awesome it is for high school kids to have this option, so I'll spare you those details. Are there any other states with similar programs?
Central Illinois Results
The Banner Marsh sectional was won by Pekin with second place being taken by Dunlap and third went to Limestone. The top three teams advance to the state tournament, which takes place May 7th and 8th on Carlyle Lake - so a big congrats to those three teams. A big congrats to Luke Stewart who bagged the big bass of the day with his 7+ pounder shown below. These poor kids had some terrible weather to deal with, but they did quite well with just about all the top ten teams weighing a five fish limit. That is a marked improvement over last year, when only two limits were weighed at Banner.
Also locally, the kids at Evergreen lake didn't weigh as many fish. The largest bag had just three fish in it and weighed about five pounds. That bag belonged to Deer Creek Mackinaw. Also advancing to state were Metamora Township and Normal Community.
Stewart's seven pounder appears to be the biggest in the state. An honorable mentions go to Neil Smith's six pounder from Forbes Lake, and Evan Chamber's 5.75 pounder from Shabbona Lake.
State wide, the largest bag came from Clinton Lake, where Clinton HS weighed in a limit at 16.45 lb. Also at Clinton lake, GCMS weighed 15.65 pounds of bass. At Banner Marsh, Pekin's limit weighed 15.13 lb. Oak Park - Fenwick wiped the floors at Skokie Lagoons by weighing 15.10 lb (second place there had just over four pounds).
As I expected Lake Egypt appears to have been the best all around fish producer again this year. The top ten teams on the southern Illinois bass hot spot weighed double digit totals and 17 boats found a five fish limit. Banner Marsh looks to have been the second best producer with just one team in the top ten stuck in single digits, and at 9.71lb Peoria Christian came close to cracking the 10 lb mark.
For more info about IHSA fishing click here.
For official sectional results click here
For Central Illinois tournament commentary on Prairie State Outdoors click here (thanks for the picture)