Carlyle Lake will host the IHSA State Bass Fishing Final this Friday and Saturday. Al Crocker, host of Fishing and the Outdoors, told us more about the event.
“It is quite an event. There will be, this year, the most we’ve ever had,” Crocker said. “We have 66 boats this year, from schools all over the state, that qualified through sectionals. I think there were over 300 high schools when it began. So they have qualified through sectional fishing tournaments and now they’re going to fish for the state championship.
“It is a big deal, absolutely. There’ll be a huge crowd both days, Friday and Saturday — a lot of parents, of course, and family members. A lot of spectators as well. It’s really an amazing thing to watch these young fishermen, these high school fishermen. They take it very serious.”
Crocker said fishing will start at 7:00 a.m. with weigh-in at 3:00 p.m. at the West Access Marina on Friday and Saturday. He said the public is welcome to come out and support the fishermen.