The Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation
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2017 Tournament Schedule

IBN High School and Junior Series 2019 Tournaments

The following events are qualifying events for the 2019 IBN High School & JuniorState Championship:

March 30 - Lake of Egypt, Pyramid Acres
April 6 - Des Plaines River, Big Basin
May 5 - Pool 14, Albany Ramp
June 1 - Clinton Lake, Clinton Marina

Illinois High School & Jr's State Championship

June 2 - Clinton Lake, Clinton Marina

Tournament Results


High Schoolers hit Springfield

Here are the results of the High School tournament on Lake Springfield:
http://illinoisbassnation.com/pdf/2017HSSpringfieldResults.pdf

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!

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:
http://illinoisbassnation.com/pdf/2017HSClintonResults.pdf

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:
http://illinoisbassnation.com/pdf/2017HSClintonChampionshipResults.pdf

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

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.

Oak Lawn H.S. Tournament / Unique Bassmasters

On October 4th the Oak Lawn Community High School held its annual fall tournament on the Kankakee / DesPlaines rivers. For the past 5 years Oak Lawn High School, Unique Bassmasters, Rayjus and the IBN have joined forces to put this tournament on. Coach Chris Kuchyt, from Oak Lawn H.S., spends a lot of time each year putting this all together. Rayjus jumps in as the event sponsor and supplies some great tackle packs for the anglers and Unique Bassmasters runs the event. We take care of the weigh in and have a great time with all the anglers in the process.

This year was another great tournament and to add a little twist the IBN will take the top 5 registered teams to our High School State Championship next June at Lake Springfield.

The day started off on the cold side and then just got worse. The wind was blowing out of the west at 20 MPH with gusts to 30. This was one of those days when you can see white caps on the Kankakee River. The weather did not discourage the anglers as 31 boats participated in the tournament.

When the weigh in was over Joliet Central was on top. Sean Cook, who fished alone because his partner could not make it, took the top honors with 4 fish weighing in at 6.81 lbs. In 2nd Place were Oak Lawns John Neubauer and Andy Jenson with one fish at 2.39 lbs which also took Big Bass for the event. 3rd Place was Lemont H.S., Luke Jasper and Tom Rimbo. In 4th Place, from Minooka H.S., Canyon Kenny and Luke Brozovich and in 5th were Bryson Evens and Collin Griffin from Seneca H.S.

The IBN wants to congratulate all of the anglers for a job well done. Especially Oak Lawns John Neubauer and Andy Jenson, Minooka H.S., Canyon Kenny and Luke Brozovich and Bryson Evens and Collin Griffin from Seneca H.S. These 3 teams have also qualified to participate in the IBN High School Championship next June. Joliet Central and Lemont H.S. had already qualified for the IBN H.S. Championship next year at a previous event.

~ By Frank Labanowski IBN Tournament Director - Youth Director

Stagg’s Cutrone and Vella dominate at Shabbona

The last high school tournament for 2014 was held on Lake Shabbona on September 7th. This was the third qualifying tournament for the 2014 – 2015 season. The teams competing were battling for a spot in the IBN High School Championship next June at Lake Springfield.

It was a tough day for most of the field. A cold front just went through and it was a blue bird day. When the boats began to come in it was looking like we would have a short weigh-in. The first five boats had no fish. Then the next six in a row requested a bag to weigh in fish.

As the weigh in progressed Henry Moore and John VanDevender, from Benet High School, just took over the hot seats with 6.03 lbs. from Davis Hianik from Glenbrook South and Chris Iodice from Oak Forest. Now one team was left to weigh in as Stagg High School’s Joe Vella and Nick Cutrone came to the scale. They said they had one for Big Bass and that was an understatement. The fish topped out at 6.35 lbs. With that one fish they took over the hot seats and first place for the tournament with a total weight of 10.01lbs.

Along with the top 3 teams, Marmion Academy’s Steve Callahan and Daniel Lin and Marion Academy’s Joe Schafer and Dennis Hayes also qualified for the 2015 IBN High School Championship at this event.

~ By Frank Labanowski IBN Tournament Director - Youth Director

Joliet Central wins Springfield Tournament

On May 17th the Illinois Bass Nation held the last Bassmaster High School team tournament for the 2013 – 2014 season. Lake Springfield has been a great fishery for years and Joliet Central high school would prove just how good it is. Joliet Central’s team of Artie Dick and Sean Cook showed up and took top honors. Their first place weight of 11.57 lbs. was topped off with the Big Bass for the event at 3.85 lbs. In 2nd Place were Dailus Richardson and Trevor McKinney. 3rd place went to David McCauley and Mathew Zadorozny and in 4th were Joe Schafer and Steven Callahan.

These high school anglers secured a spot in the IBN State Championship that will be held on Lake Springfield on June 29th. The top 2 teams from the State Championship will move on to the Bassmaster High School Championship where they will compete for $60k in college scholarship and a loaded Triton boats. The top team from the State Championship will also fish with the IBN State Team at the B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Divisional Tournament.


For more information about the IBN High School Series go to the B.A.S.S. High School Nation at www.bassmaster.com/highschool or contact the IBN Tournament Director Frank Labanowski at franklabanowski@gmail.com.

Benton High School takes Clinton

On May 3rd High School Teams competed at Clinton Lake for a spot in the IBN High School Championship this coming June. The weather cooperated and so did the fish. Bento High School Dailus Richardson and Trevor McKinney came to the scale in a big way with a 5 fish limit at 16.17 Lbs. to take 1st Place at the event. Lemont High School’s Jack Lambert and Tommy Rimbo took 2nd with 9.90 Lbs. and Jack had Big Bass for 4.19 Lbs. and Aurora Christian grabbed 3rd with 9.03 lbs.

These three teams now qualify to compete at the 2014 IBN High School Championship on June 29th at Lake Springfield. The top 2 teams from the Championship will move on to compete at the Bassmaster High School Championship for $60,000 in college scholarship and a new Triton boat.


For more information about the IBN High School Series go to the B.A.S.S. High School Nation at www.bassmaster.com/highschool or contact the IBN Tournament Director Frank Labanowski at franklabanowski@gmail.com.

Bassmaster High School Invitational

This event will qualify eight high school teams to compete in the 2015 Bassmaster High School Classic held in conjunction with the pro-level 2015 Bassmaster Classic, Feb. 20-22, in Greenville, S.C.

Any high school club registered with B.A.S.S. can send teams to the Bassmaster High School Invitational. Competition will be on Douglas Lake; weigh-ins will be at the Point Resort in Dandridge.

“Based on the interest in last year’s inaugural High School Invitational, we expect hundreds of boats in the 2014 event,” Stewart said. “This will be a fun event for the anglers and their families. We will have a huge barbecue the night before the tournament, and the anglers can meet other anglers from all over the country with the same passion for bass fishing.”

For information on Registering with B.A.S.S. and competing for this opportunity go to www.Bassmaster.com

Bassmaster High School National Championship

July 16-19, in Tennessee on Kentucky Lake and Carroll County Reservoir. Hosts are Henry and Carroll counties, Bethel University and the Village of Paris, Tenn.

In this event, 96 of the best high school teams in the nation will compete for scholarships and merchandise as well as the first National Championship trophy.

The teams will qualify through individual state B.A.S.S. Nation organizations. Each B.A.S.S. Nation state will send its best two high school teams.

“This is really kicking up the B.A.S.S. high school initiative,” said Jon Stewart, director, B.A.S.S. Nation. “With the competition later aired on ESPNU, the growing high school sport of bass fishing will be showcased like never before.”

The first two days of competition will be on Kentucky Lake with weigh-ins at Paris Landing out of Paris, Tenn. The finalists will compete for two days on Carroll County Reservoir and weigh their catches on the campus of Bethel University in McKenzie, Tenn.

Besides earning the title of national champion, the winning team will receive a share of $21,000 in scholarships from B.A.S.S. as well as merchandise provided by sponsors. In addition, Bethel University will award $40,000 in scholarships; $5,000 a year for four years will go to the Top 2 finishing anglers provided they are either a junior or senior in high school and use the scholarship to attend Bethel University and become a part of the Bethel University Wildcats bass fishing team.

For information on Registering with B.A.S.S. and competing for this opportunity, contact the IBN Tournament Director Frank Labanowski at franklabanowski@gmail.com.

2014 High School Fishing Club Packets & Tournament Rules Available For Download


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.



Bomba & Bomba win Des Plaines

1 Matt Bomba Tyler Bomba 3.27 12.67
2 Alex Ellerbrock Steve Hall 1.96 7.80
3 Matt Misicka Jack Novak 2.67
4 Alex Peric Mitch Coltan 1.20

2013 High School Fishing Club Packets Available For Download


Turner & Turner take Springfield

School Name Name # Fish Weight Big Bass
Rochelle Preston Turner Nolan Turner 2 4.63 -
Lincolnway Billy Matthews Alex Peric 2 3.79 0
Edinberg South Fork Holden Smithh Brian Yeder 1 3.40 3.40
Edinberg South Fork Dillon Amos Wyatt Durbing 0 0 0
Edinberg South Fork Austin Lumb Brogan Burny 0 0 0

Aurora Christian wins 2nd in a row on a tough Shelbyville

School Name Name # Fish Weight Big Bass
Aurora Christian Alex Ellerbroch Steve Hall 1 1.62 1.62
Atwood - Hammond Zach Hingson Jonathan Birleschki 0 0 0
Atwood - Hammond Tyler Bennidict Christopher Davis 0 0 0
Aurora Christian Philip Bye Natnan Dunshing 0 0 0
Champaign Central Cam Miller Indy Ahalen 0 0 0
Marist / Chicago Halle Engel 0 0 0
Mt Carmel Nate Boural Joel Slabe 0 0 0
Mt Zion Cody McCoy Zach Hoffman 0 0 0
Mt Zion Ian Sidwell Michael Brummitt 0 0 0

Aurora Christians' Alex Ellerbrock wins Clinton

School Name Name # Fish Weight Big Bass
Aurora Christian Alex Ellerboch 2 5.36 2.65
Rochelle Preston Turner David Eichner 2 5.18 2.63
Marist / Team Chicago Halle Engel Mike Lowry 0 0 0
Mount Zion Ian Sidwell Mike Brummitt 0 0 0
Plainfield Central Jake Draviczki Nico Soave 0 0 0
Plainfield Central Cole Faletti Max Faletti 0 0 0

Newtons Shinn & Schultz Take East Fork

School Name Name # Fish Weight Big Bass
Newton HS Leland Shinn Colten Schultz 2 5.18 3.24
Nashville HS Jordon Borgmum Isaiha Guinzy 0 0 0
Newton HS Preston Street Chris Pitcher 0 0 0
Newton HS Hurtie Frohning Lekye Scheffer 0 0 0
Plainfield HS Jake Draviczki Nico Soave 0 0 0
Teutopolis HS Cody Will Colin Niebrugge 0 0 0

On March 24th the Illinois B.A.S.S. Nation hosted a High School Bass Fishing tournament. This was the first tournament is a series across the state for High School bass fishing teams to compete.

The winning team was Leland Shinn and Colten Schultz from Newton High School. Their winning weight was 5.18 lbs. The team also took Big Bass at 3.24 lb.

Leland and Colten will now be invited to compete in the IBN Jr. Bassmaster State Qualifier Championship at Lake Springfield in June. The top two anglers at the Championship will then compete in August, as a part of the IBN State Divisional Team at Francis Case Reservoir in South Dakota at the B.A.S.S. Northern Divisional Tournament.

Congratulations to Leland and Colten for a great job done.

The next High School Tournnemant is set for Clinton Lake on April 21st. For more info about the IBN High School Tournament Series go to the High School Information Section.