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IBN's own Off The Hook Junior Bassmasters Trey McKinney and Carter Wijangco win the Junior Nationals

The IBN's own Trey McKinney and Carter Wijangco of the Off The Hook Junior Bassmasters Club took the top spot at this year's Junior Championship on Carroll County 1,000 Acre Recreational Lake in Tennessee. The boys took the top spot by a mere 1 ounce, beating out the Florida Quincy Bassmasters team that had led after the first day. The boys won $2,000 in scholarship money along with Abu Garcia Rods and reels.

Congratulations boys!

Blumenstein and Mensik win Springfield

In first place was the team of Jim Blumenstein and Art Mensik with 5 fish for 15.29lbs. Second place was Herb Rush and Steve Parker with 14.91lbs. Third place went to the team of Williford and Moore with 5 fish for 13.65lbs.


Overall team series standings can be found here:

High Schoolers hit Springfield

Here are the results of the High School tournament on Lake Springfield:

First place was the team of Lawrence and Urwiler with 12.56lbs. Second place want to the one woman team of Laindree Richardson with 12.39lbs. Third place was the team of Smith and NOell with 11.92 lbs. Congratulations everyone!

Blumenstein & Powley take Clinton

The IBN Team Series kicked off its 2nd event of the year Saturday as well. Around 20 boats competed out of Clinton Marina with some excellent weights brought back to the scales.

1st place was the team of Blumenstein and Powley with 19.44lbs. 2nd place went to the team of Norris and Robinson with 17.91lbs. 3rd place was the team of Holt and Reeves with 17.43 lbs.

Full results can be found here:

Jr Bassmaster Trey McKinney takes Clinton

The IBN hosted Juniors also fished an event this past weekend out of Clinton Marina. Trey McKinney ended up taking 1st place from the field of 8 with 3 fish for a total of 8.34 lbs. 2nd place was Laindree Richardson with 3.45 lbs, 3rd place was Carter Wijangco with 1.83 lbs, and 4th place was Caden Petrille with 1.81 lbs.

Full results can be found here:

High School Open & State Tournament Results - Lake Clinton, 2016

The IBN High School Series had a busy weekend at Clinton. Saturday was the last event of the Spring season, and Sunday we hosted the High School State Championship out of Clinton Marina.

On Saturday, the team of Haskins and Varvel took 1st place with 15.73lbs, Johnson and Jwers took 2nd with 15lbs even, and Whitehead and Arnold took 3rd with 13.01lbs.

Event results can be found here:

On Sunday, the state tournament winner was the team of McDonald and Park with a weight of 16.54lbs. 2nd places was Owens and Mayfield with 12.95lbs, and third place was the team of Lubbat and Siara with 10.65 lbs.

Championship results can be found here:

Congratulations to all this weekends competitors. Pictures should be coming soon.

Team Series Lake of Egypt Results

First place was B. McCord & A. Eggerston with 17.65lbs. Second place was G. Jelley & J. Ray with 16.53lbs. Third place was N. Long and A. Klein with 13.54 pounds. For a full list of results please click here.

High School Series Lake of Egypt Results

First place was T.Lubbat and N. Siarab with 14.69lbs. Second place was S. Cook and N. Ballard with 13.84lbs. Third place was C. Mile and J. Bowlin with 11.37lbs. For a full list of results please click here.

2017 IBN Presidents Conference Announced

The 2017 IBN Presidents Conference will be held February 11th at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Streator, IL. Check-in will begin at 8am, and the meeting will come to order at 9am. A block of rooms is being held under the heading "Illinois Bass Nation" for $65 a night at the Starved Rock Motor Inn (formerly Town and Country Inn). Club presidents who are in town Friday are invited to an open bar with appetizers from 8-10pm at the Knights of Columbus hall. Doughnuts, coffee and juice will be served for the Saturday morning session, and lunch will be provided. We look forward to seeing everyone there and kicking off another great season!

Knights of Columbus Hall
806 Oakley Ave
Streator, IL 61364

Starved Rock Motor Inn
2110 N Bloomington St
Streator, IL 61364

Robinson and Norris take Team Series at Carlyle - Lake Carlyle Team Series Results

It was a cool morning and the breeze started to pick up at launch time. The day was very overcast and by noon coming out of the south was 20 to 30 mile an hour winds. The lake looked like chocolate milk and the anglers were fighting to hold the boat on their spots. At weigh in time we heard about the speared waves and lost gear that flew over the side. But with all these distractions the competitors were able to bring in fish to the scale.

The Team of Ryan Robinson and Brad Norris took the top honors with a limit at 13.15 lbs. along with the Big Bass for the event at 3.69 lbs.. In second place was Mel Hedrick and Ed Trevino and in third Josh Bluogh and Jimmy Velino.

See the photos on Facebook!

Lake Springfield Team Series Results

Atwood High School Fishing Team Hosting Seminar Fundraiser February 23rd

Atwood Grade School, February 23rd from Noon to 5pm

Download The Flyer Here!

B.A.S.S. Launches National Championship For Team Tournament Anglers

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Many of today’s top professional anglers cut their competitive teeth in team tournaments. But to compete at a higher level, they had to leave their fishing buddies behind and strike out on one of the many draw or pro-am circuits.

With the introduction of the Toyota Bassmaster Team Championship, America’s most successful fishing teams will soon be able to prove their skills against competition from throughout the nation.

Read The Full Press Release Here

GEICO Secures Title Rights To 2014 Bassmaster Classic

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — GEICO has become the title sponsor of the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, the world championship of bass fishing.

The GEICO Bassmaster Classic will be held Feb. 21-23 in Alabama with competition on Lake Guntersville. The daily weigh-ins and other activities will be in Birmingham, home base of B.A.S.S. LLC, owner of the Classic.

“It’s a pleasure for us to play a larger role in the Bassmaster Classic,” said Ted Ward, vice president of GEICO marketing. “Bass fishing, and the Classic in particular, is a wonderful way to enjoy what’s become an enormously popular sport. Entire industries have developed around bass fishing and we’re delighted to be part of it.”

“This is our premier annual event, eagerly anticipated by hundreds of thousands of fans,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “As title sponsor, GEICO will enjoy the market inroads available only with the wide and deep reach the Classic achieves, not only over the three competition days, but in the weeks leading up to the event and in the months afterward.”

Based in Chevy Chase, Md., GEICO is the third-largest private-passenger auto insurer in the United States. GEICO — Government Employees Insurance Co. — was founded in 1936 for members of the military and federal employees searching for affordable coverage for their vehicles. Today GEICO serves all drivers with a wide array of insurance services.

As the title sponsor of the Classic, GEICO will receive prime positioning in Classic-related marketing efforts and activities.

Tens of thousands of fans are expected to attend the free admission GEICO Bassmaster Classic at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC) in downtown Birmingham.

GEICO will receive branding of the Livewell seating area in the arena, and the lucky fans selected for that front-of-stage view will be given “GEICO For Your Boat” T-shirts. Marshals, the official observers who ride with competitors in their boats, will wear GEICO-branded shirts.

The GEICO Everyday Leader Award, a bonus of $1,000 to the leader on the first and second days of competition, adds another element to the event marketing package.

The company will have an exhibit at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo, the popular consumer show produced by B.A.S.S., at the BJCC. At Lake Guntersville, the GEICO “Moneyman” from the company’s popular television commercials will lead the daily takeoffs.

GEICO also will be featured in Classic-related advertising, promotion and editorial coverage in Bassmaster Magazine, received by the more than 500,000 B.A.S.S. members, and on The digital exposure alone is expected to meet or exceed that of the 2013 “Classic week,” which had 25 million page views. The three competition days of the 2013 Classic garnered 17.5 million page views.

On The Bassmasters TV shows centered on the Classic, GEICO will have ownership of an in-show feature. The Classic-themed shows will air March 1-2 and March 9, March 15 and March 23 on ESPN2 — a total of 12 hours of programming. Reairs are scheduled for The Outdoor Channel.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Co.) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the third-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 12 million private passenger customers and insures more than 19 million vehicles (auto and cycle).

GEICO’s online service center helps policyholders take care of policy sales, policy changes, claims reporting and to print insurance ID cards.

GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for boats, life, homes and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available.

For more information, go to

IBN 2014 Annual Club Presidents Conference

The IBN Board of Directors is gearing up for the annual IBN Club Presidents Conference to be held on January 25th at the Best Western in Schaumburg, IL. This is a mandatory meeting and requires representation from all of the clubs in the IBN. Each club should have two representatives, either their club President and VP or two appointed members.

We are going to have a one day format for the Presidents Conference this year. The conference meetings will be held in the Conference Room. We will begin club check in at 8:00 AM

The agenda for the meeting is stacked with many topics for discussion and information regarding the 2014 fishing season events and tournaments as well as guest speakers and should adjourn by 4:00 PM.

Best Western, Schaumburg has a block of rooms set aside for any members participating in the 2014 Presidents Conference.

2014 Schedule Announcement

Date Tournament Location
March 30 IBN Open Series Tournament Lake Springfield
April 13 IBN Open Series Tournament Lake Carlyle
May 4 IBN Open Series Tournament Lake Clinton
May 18 IBN Open Series Tournament Lake Springfield
May 31-June 1 IBN State Qualifier / Championship Tournament Lake Carlyle
July 20 IBN Open Series Tournament Lake Mississippi River, Pool 13
August 10 IBN Open Series Tournament Kankakee / Des Plaines River
September 20 IBN Open Series Tournament Classic Location TBD

Mike Sledden / IBN President

During the IBN Board meeting the election results were announced. Congratulations to:

Mike Sledden – President
Mike Daniel - V. President
Ralph Sweat - Region 1 Director
Joe Cupp - Region 3 Director

Also, Gerald Sobkowiak (Flic) was appointed and approved by the board to be the interim Region 2 Director.

Junk / Maisenbacher Switch for B.A.S.S. Nationals

While getting his boat ready for the B.A.S.S. National tournament Dave Junk slipped off the boat and wrenched his back. Having had back issues in the past Dave knew that he probably would not be able to compete at the tournament. Following a special appointment on Sunday with his doctor Dave called and confirmed that this would not be his year for a shot at the Bassmaster Classic.

Jamie Maisenbacher weighing in at B.A.S.S. Northern Divisional Tournament

After confirming with B.A.S.S. on the rules concerning substitutions I placed a call to Jamie Maisenbacher. Jamie was the second place contender for Illinois at the Northern Divisional and is next in line to fill Dave’s spot. I explained the situation to Jamie and the decision was his. A little later Sunday evening he called and said he was in and 6 hours later he was on his way to Russellville Arkansas and Lake Dardanelle.

Jamie Maisenbacher weighing in at B.A.S.S.
Northern Divisional Tournament

2012 Make-A-Wish Raffle Winner Announced!

2013 State Team

The winner of the boat is Dennis Schultz of Taylorville, IL. Dennis is a great dad, as he gave the boat to his son Anthony!

The winner of the $500 gift card is Mike Cass of Bloomington Il.
Mike Cass has until December 31st to contact the IBN to claim his prize.

2013 Rayjus Outdoor - Oak Lawn High School Bass Tournament Results‏

Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation Open Series Classic

On Oct. 13th at 4:00 am I drove to Dwight at Interstate 55 and route 47 to the gas station. I was not going for gas but to meet up with the top 10 teams from the IBN Open Series. They were instructed to meet me at this location because they were not told where they were going to compete for the Classic Event.

Just like “A Day on The Lake”, put them on a lake that they had never fished or had any information about, give them 8 hours to figure it out and bring in fish.

We needed a good bass fishery for this to work. The Ideal place for this format was Lake Shannon, located about 2 hours southwest of Chicago. This private lake community has about 200 acres of water and 11 miles of shoreline, this was the perfect location.

At 5:00 am the caravan reached the lake and began to drop boats in. This was the first time the anglers had seen the lake. Following breakfast at the Clark City Grill, and the pretournament meeting, the anglers prepared for the takeoff. The sun came up just enough to reach safe light and the parade of boats began at 6:35. Now the anglers had till 2:30 to figure out the lake and bring fish to the scale.

While they were fishing the Midwest Outdoors film crew came out and filmed several “Tip of The Week” segments for their show with some of the IBN Jr. Bassmasters. Mike Hannon - 2013 Jr. Bassmaster State Champion, Billy Mathews – 2011 Jr. Bassmaster State Champion, Luke Jasper and Alex Ellerbrock, all are members of “Off the Hook” Jr. Bass Club, took part in filming individual segments.

At 2:25 pm the boats started to come in and the crowd for the weigh in was growing. The couple of hundred spectators had just seen the pair of anglers on the hot seats change a few times. Hot Seat holders, Bill Skowronski and Nate Bird, with just under 10 lbs and holding Big Bass just less than 3 Lbs., watched as the next team, Tom Kotsakis and Mark Fosterud came to the scale.

As the first fish came out of the bump sink and on to the scale the crowd roared. The second fish got the same reaction. Bill and Nate felt they may be in trouble. The scale stopped at 10.23 lbs. and Frank Hyla, the guest MC, announced that Tom and Mark would now occupy the Hot Seats with 4 teams left to weigh in. That bag also held Mark Fosterud’s Big Bass at 4.29 lbs.

After a few tense moments, Tom and Mark were named the IBN Open Series Classic Champions!

PlaceTeam NamesTotal # FishTotal WeightTotal Winnings
First PlaceTom Kotsakis / Mark Fosterud4 fish10.23 Lbs.$2,500.00
Second PlaceBill Skowronski / Nate Bird5 fish9.77 Lbs.$1,500.00
Third PlaceJim Blumenstein / Art Mensik5 fish9.62 Lbs.$1,000.00

The first place team also received Shimano Compre Rods, Curado Reals and an assortment of baits Complements of Frank Hyla at “Time On the Water” Marina.

Second and Third Place teams also received $100 in BassPro gift cards from BassPro Shops, Bolingbrook.

A special Thank you goes out to Lake Shannon and the lake community for their support and to John at the Clark City grill located at Lake Shannon, by the beach, that provided a great breakfast for the anglers during the morning meeting.

The schedule for the 2014 IBN Open Tournaments will be out soon. Come out and be a part of this great series and earn your spot at next year’s IBN Open Series Classic Tournament.

Frank Labanowski
IBN President
Lake Shannon Resident

IBN Election for President

This is my last year as IBN President. That being said, the IBN membership needs to elect a new President that will represent the Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation for the next 4 years. The members of the IBN board that are eligible to be nominated for the position are:

1. Mike Daniel / V. President
2. Mike Sledden / Secretary
3. Jim Nelson / Treasurer (received a nomination and a second and accepted the nomination)
4. Allen Severance / Conservation Director
5. Jim Blumenstein / Media Director - PR
6. Rich Miller / Region 1 Director

Any club member of the IBN can submit a nomination and all nominations need to be seconded.

Please submit your nominations on the thread posted on the IBN message board. Those who are nominated, seconded and accepting the nomination do so there as well. All nominations need to be in as soon as possible so a formal election can get underway. Nominations will be closed in 30 days so an election can take place in October.

Those board members that are not interested in running for the position at this time also need to post that intent on the message board.

Frank Labanowski - President
Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation

2013 Rajus Outdoors - Oak Lawn Community High School Bass Tournament
Kankakee / Des Plaines River - Oct. 12

Unique Bassmasters, along with Rayjus Outdoors and the Oak Lawn High School Spartan Fishing Team and its' sponsors, have joined together to present the Rayjus Outdoors - Oak Lawn Community High School Bass tournament on the Kankakee / Des Plaines River, scheduled for October 12, 2013. Schools may enter an unlimited number of boats. Space is limited to the first 50 boats registered.
Cost per boat is $40. Launch will be at the Des Plaines Conservation area; I-55 and the Wilmington Exit (241)
Weigh-ins will be conducted by the Illinois Bass Nation.

Congratulations to Dave Junk!

Dave Junk is the 2013 Illinois Champion and will compete in the B.A.S.S. Nationals.

Des Plaines Open Results

Make A Wish Raffle Ticket Request Forms Are Now Available

Pool 13 Open Results

Revised 2013 High School Fishing Club Packets Available For Download

Springfield Open Results

State Tournament Results

Congratulations to this years divisional team, and state team champions!

Individual & Team Standings

2013 State Team

B.A.S.S. Opens New Opportunities For High School Anglers

May 31, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.— Florida native Chris Lane, 2012 Bassmaster Classic champ, waved goodbye to the Sunshine State in favor of living near the fine fishing in his current hometown, Guntersville, Ala. Bassmaster Elite Series angler Aaron Martens bade farewell to California and put down roots in Leeds, Ala., to enjoy the proximity to some of the country’s finest fisheries.

Bold moves, such as those made by Lane and Martens, are evidence that Alabama is an appealing state for professional anglers and an ideal one for high school students to launch into the competitive side of bass fishing, says Jon Stewart, senior manager of the B.A.S.S. Nation and head of the high school and youth programs.

B.A.S.S. and its partners will host three events in the coming months to offer high school students who are members of high school bass fishing clubs a shot at qualifying for the first ever Bassmaster Classic High School Exhibition in 2014. The event will follow the same format seen in college exhibitions at past Classics with students weighing in their catches on the prestigious Bassmaster Classic stage.

The world championship of bass fishing is scheduled for Feb. 21-23 in Birmingham with fishing on Lake Guntersville. High school teams will fish a different body of water for the exhibition.

  • First up is the Alabama Games, a three-day Olympic-style event. On June 22, the bass fishing portion will take place on Lake Logan Martin in Pell City. The winning team earns an automatic berth in the 2014 Bassmaster High School Exhibition. B.A.S.S. will be the tournament administrator in association with the Alabama Games event. The cost to enter is $15. Interested anglers can visit to sign up.
  • Another opportunity to participate in the 2014 Classic Exhibition is by winning the 2013 B.A.S.S. High School Invitational, July 20, on Wheeler Lake in Decatur. The event is open to all high school students nationwide whose school has an existing high school bass club. B.A.S.S. encourages students from all states to participate. The tournament will be streamed live on and will qualify eight teams or schools for the exhibition. The fee to enter is $30. Click here for more details. Click here to register.
  • Also on the calendar is the Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation High School State Championship on Nov. 2. The winning team and the second-place team will advance to the 2014 B.A.S.S. High School National Championship. The winning team also will advance to the 2014 Bassmaster Classic High School Exhibition, as well as the 2014 Southern Divisional Championship, competing as part of the Alabama State team. For details, contact

“Young people in Alabama have access to great fisheries year-round,” Stewart said. “A lot of these young people grow up fishing with their dads and granddads on these outstanding lakes. They reach a point where they want to fish with their buddies and peers. It’s fun for them to compete.”

Stewart credits Alabama Student Angler Bass Fishing Association (ASABFA), a grass-roots organization that recruits and promotes development of Alabama’s future anglers, with having established a strong fishing community among high school students in the state.

“We applaud the work done by the ASABFA in involving high school students in the sport of bass fishing,” Stewart said. “They’ve done a great job in creating a strong foundation among students in Alabama, and we believe our program is an excellent complement to that. This offers high school students opportunities in addition to their involvement with ASABFA. It’s another chance for them to get outdoors, compete and enjoy fishing.”

Lake Clinton Open Results

Live IBN Event Streaming now available

The IBN has launched a new live streaming event feed, via! 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

East Fork Open Results

B.A.S.S. Announces Venues For Four Championships In 2013

TULSA, Okla. — The heroes of the Bassmaster Elite Series, the best collegiate anglers in the nation, top amateurs from B.A.S.S.’s grass roots and professionals looking for their last chance to qualify for the 2014 Bassmaster Classic now know the route to their dreams, as B.A.S.S. revealed the sites of four 2013 championships.

Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO, announced the tournament locations in a press conference Thursday during Bassmaster Classic Week in Tulsa.

  • The third annual Toyota All-Star Week heads for Muskegon, Mich., and Muskegon Lake, Sept. 27-29.
  • The Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship moves to Chatuge Reservoir and Young Harris College in Young Harris, Ga., Aug. 1-3.
  • The Bassmaster Wild Card event, which offers top-level pros an additional chance to qualify for the Classic, will be held on Florida’s Lake Okeechobee, Dec. 5-7.
  • And amateurs from around the nation and the world will gather at Lake Dardanelle in Arkansas for the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, Oct. 24-26.

And the 26th annual B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, to be held on Lake Dardanelle near Russellville, Ark., is being hosted by the Russellville Advertising and Promotions Commission, Oct. 24-26. Six Bassmaster Classic berths will be at stake — one for each B.A.S.S. Nation Division -- in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic on Alabama’s Lake Guntersville, Feb. 21-23. Cash prizes will go to anglers finishing second through 30th.

Since its inception in 1973, the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship has sent 181 anglers to the Classic from 44 states and three foreign countries. In 1994, 23-year-old Connecticut angler Bryan Kerchal stunned and thrilled the bass fishing world by beating the best professionals in the sport and winning the Classic as an amateur.

Soft plastics—Banned?

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.

A letter from Make A Wish

Click here to see this years letter from the Make A Wish Foundation.

IBN to Hold Presidents Conference Jan 26th

On Jan 26th the IBN will be holding the annual Presidents Conference at the Best Western Hotel in Schaumberg, Illinois. All of the IBN Club Presidents from across the state will be in attendance for the meeting. We will review the 2012 season and get things set for the year ahead. There are many items on the agenda including a couple of guest speakers.

During the meeting Jim Nelson, the IBN Treasurer, will present the Make A Wish Foundation with our annual check in support of their cause. Make A Wish has been the charity of choice for the IBN for decades and our efforts have raised over $500,000 during that time. We are proud to be a sponsor of such a great organization.

The Chicagoland Fishing and Outdoor Show will be in full swing during the Conference weekend. All of the Club Presidents are encouraged to attend the show or join in on a Bass University session with the pros. A shuttle bus will be available at the hotel for rides to and from the show.

The IBN will also be hosting the Casting Kids State Championship on Sunday at the show. Kids from across the state that have competed and won a Casting Kids event are invited to come out and compete for the title of IBN Casting Kids State Champion.

I am looking forward to seeing all of the Club Presidents.

Frank Labanowski – President IBN

IBN to host High School Tournament Series

The IBN has established a tournament series for the high schools all across the state!

From East Fork Lake to Pool 13 the IBN will be hosting 6 high school tournaments across the state to provide an opportunity for 2 high school fishing team anglers to compete in the B.A.S.S. Northern Divisional.

This year we are inviting the winning team of each of the 6 high school tournaments to our IBN Jr. Bassmaster State Qualifier for the chance to compete with our State Divisional Team. The top 2 anglers from our State Qualifier tournament will move on to fish with the IBFN State Team at the B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Divisional. This year the B.A.S.S. Northern Divisional will be held on Francis Case Resev. in South Dakota.

Each year the IBN sends 2 Jr. Bassmasters to fish as co-anglers with the IBN state team at the B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Divisional Tournament. They will be fishing alongside one of the best 12 adult anglers in the state. At the Divisional, the Jr. Bassmasters will be competing for the opportunity to go to the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship. At this event they can win a fully loaded Triton Bass boat along with college scholarships. (For the adult anglers it is the first step to the super bowl of fishing, The Bassmaster Classic.)

Along with the opportunity to compete in our State Qualifier and the chance to go to the B.A.S.S. Northern Divisional expenses paid, then on to the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, the IBN will provide trophies for the first, second and third place teams at each high school tournament and a trophy for the winning school to display proudly. High School Coaches, this is exactly what you need to get your teams to that next level.

Jr. Angler Hooks Fish Of A Lifetime

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.


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.