As detailed in an Illinois Outdoor News article weeks ago, DNR is implementing changes to the way it distributes permits for fishing tournaments around the state. The new procedures will include an online component that will help state-owned sites better coordinate tournaments and assist the Division of Fisheries with its monitoring of fish populations in the lakes it manages.
The new system is not yet active, DNR spokesman Chris Young noted today, but there is plenty of information to help anglers and tournament directors make the transition.
"DNR anticipates new fishing tournament permit application rules will go into effect in April," Young said in a note today. "The application process is not yet online, so tournament anglers have continued to send in paper applications. To date, the Department has received nearly 1,200 tournament requests. As part of the permit procedures, an online account will be created for each club or tournament trail that has submitted paper applications."
Young added that notification of the aforementioned account will be sent to each tournament director via e-mail. Each tournament director will then be asked to enter catch information after each tournament.
"This information will be used by the biologists make management decisions," Young explained. "We thank the tournament angling community for their patience as we’ve worked through this process and look forward to receiving their catch data."
The new proposed tournament rules can be found at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/adrules/Pages/Proposed.aspx under the
second notice tab.
More information and a Question and Answer section on the rules can be found here: http://www.ifishillinois.org/tournament/Fishing_tournament_news_release.pdf