CARLYLE, Ill. — Carlyle Lake will host the sixth annual Illinois High School Association State Bass Fishing Finals May 9 and 10.
In 2009, IHSA made Illinois the first state to recognize bass fishing as a competitive sport for high school students. In the inaugural season, 199 schools participated in the event. This year the field expanded to nearly 250 teams statewide, with 66 teams advancing to compete at the state finals this week.
Thousands of visitors, including competitors, vendors and spectators from throughout the state of Illinois, will converge on Carlyle this week to take part in the championship event at the Dam West Boat Ramp in the Dam West Day Use Area.
Each team consists of two to four anglers, with only two fishing at one time, and a coach in the boat at all times. After the two-day event, trophies and medals will be awarded to the top three teams at the final weigh in.
The Dam West Boat Ramp will be closed to the public through Saturday at 6 p.m. to accommodate the tournament activities. Visitors should use Allen Branch and Apache Boat Ramps in Eldon Hazlet State Park or the Dam East Boat Ramp and Keyesport Boat Ramp which will be available to the general public during this period.
Date/Time: May 9-10, 2014
Fishing: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (Fri. and Sat.)
Weigh-in and Awards: 3 to 4:30 p.m. (Sat.)
Location: Dam West Boat Ramp, Carlyle Lake
For more information on the IHSA Fishing Finals or boat ramp availability, contact the Carlyle Lake Project Office at (618) 594-2484 or email us at email@example.com.