IHSA reschedules state bass fishing finals — again
For the second time, dates for the the Illinois High School Association Bass Fishing Finals at Carlyle Lake have been changes.
The IHSA announced the finals will be held June 14-15 on Carlyle Lake. That’s a Wednesday-Thursday event, as opposed to the traditional Friday-Saturday.
The tournament finals were originally scheduled for May 19-20, but the IHSA postponed due to high water levels caused by excessive rain throughout the spring. On May 26, the IHSA announced a new state finals date of June 23-24, but was forced to rescind that date June 5 due to concerns by the Army Corps of Engineers, which runs Carlyle Lake.
“Carlyle Lake is a busy lake that gets significant use during the summer months, especially on weekends,” said IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson. “We worked together with the Army Corps of Engineers to reschedule the tournament for June 23-24, but given more time to reflect, they had concerns about their ability to safely and efficiently facilitate the event, both on and off the water, on June 23-24. While a mid-week state final isn’t an ideal circumstance, if we didn’t proceed, we feared that cancelling the state finals may be the only recourse. Our high school anglers have earned the opportunity to fish for a state championship, and we wanted to make sure that happened.”
Boat safety checks will be conducted on the morning of June 14, which will alter the fishing competition schedule from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fishing on June 15 will occur from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., as scheduled.