Congratulations to Mel Cano, winner of the 2012 Tracker Super Guide™ V-16 SC with a 30 ELPT FourStroke EF and matching Trailstar trailer with factory installed trolling motor.
Congratulations also to Charles Obecny, our
$500 BPS gift card winner
The IBN has launched a new live streaming event feed, via UStream.tv! New this year, we will be live streaming and video recording our tournament weigh ins and events. Check out our Live Stream channel under the Interactive section, or click here
I would like to welcome all of our current members and any new anglers that would like to join the IBN.
If you haven’t noticed our name has changed. The word "Federation" is missing and that is not a mistake. For many years this word has been linked to our organization, both on a national and state level. As we all know times change, and it’s now time to redefine who we are.
Our organization and the sport of bass fishing has made great strides over the last decade to promote the sport to younger anglers who will someday take over and continue what we started some 40 years ago.
The nation is becoming more aware of bass fishing, and we need to continue that progress. Our Illinois Jr. Bassmaster program has jumped to life the past several years and is growing strong. There are now college bass fishing teams and high school fishing teams. It is great to see our sport and organization evolve to include all of these young anglers who share our passion for fishing.
We are bigger than a federation. We are a nation of anglers who must protect and preserve our right to water access, our fisheries, conservation and most of all our youth.
As a nation of bass anglers we can accomplish anything, and see that our sport is passed on for generations to come. I welcome this change and the name Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation stands for an organization that includes all anglers with the same passion for a great pastime, bass fishing.
Frank Labanowski – President IBN
I hope you enjoy the new ILLINOIS B.A.S.S. Nation web site. You will find lots of new information in a very user friendly format.
Maine officials held a public hearing last week to discuss a bill that proposed that soft baits be legally prohibited from use. Anglers from all over the nation spoke out.
Read more at Bassmaster.com
Click here to see this years letter from the Make A Wish Foundation.
On August 6th, Lucas French and Alex Ellerbrook, members of the "Off The Hook" Jr. Bassmasters, were on the water for the first day of their club classic at Mill Creek. What followed was a day that will provide a lifetime of memories for everyone involved.
Click here to read more about their story.