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WE will be having our 2nd annual Fishing tournament at BaJa Bennys on Fox Lake
sunday May 17th
Sign in starts at 5:00 a.m. and the tournament kicks off at 6:00 a.m ,
weigh in is at 1:00 p.m sharp ! entry fee is $40.00
there will be 4 categories
1) Bass ___________________by length * weight used for tie breaker
2) Walleye_________________by length * weight used for tie breaker
3) Catfish__________________by length * weight used for tie breaker
4) Pan fish _________________by weight of your top 10 Pan fish*
*Panfish we consider
whit bass/yellow bass
The tournament is for the entire chain of lakes ,not just fox lake. The $ 40 entry fee is for Individual, and covers all four categories. You can have as many anglers you want on a boat. And you are allowed to use live bait. You must have an Illinois fishing license and A fox waterway sticker (they do sell a one day stickers for $10 ) and all fish will be released after weigh in. * Individual can take their own catch.The Tournament is a 80% pay back .with thousands of dollars of raffles from our sponsors
any one older than 16 can enter the tournament as long as they have a valid fishing license.
now as for boating, the state law states that if your under 18 you must complete a boating safety course and possess a Boating Safety Education Certificate accepted by the Department of Natural Resources or you are accompanied by and under the direct control of a parent, a guardian, or a person at least 18 years old designated by the parent or guardian. children 16 and under can fish the tournament for free but are not eligible for the category prizes unless they pay entry fee , how ever they are eligible for the raffle prizes .
Creel limit length
Walleye* ___________________3_________ 14-18”
Catfish _______________________________no creel limit
Pan fish _______________________ __________no creel limit
*18″ to 24″ protected slot limit (no possession)
**Includes the Fox River to Rt. 176 (Burton’s Bridge)
Please pre register online so we can get an idea how many anglers we will have.This will help us place non boaters, and help with what we need for parking etc…You don’t need to pay your entry fee online entry fee will be collected at sign in, the day of the tournament. Baja Benny’s does have a free launch for the tournament Might have limited trailer parking depending on outcome .
The band mystify will be performing after weigh in and BaJa’s will have their grills fired up
Walleye limit to increase on Chain O Lakes, Increased limit might be on tap for next spring. The keeper slot on the Fox Chain O’ Lakes for walleye is two of 14-18 inches and one 24 inches or longer. I’m getting tons of reports on my site (foxlakefishing) of good healthy 17 “eyes And JD Spinners reports on some nice eyes through out the year
There’s been a lot of good walleye like that caught on the Chain the last couple years. In fact, the Chain never has had walleye fishing like this. So much so, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources will increase the daily bag next year, according to district fisheries biologist Frank Jakubicek. Jakubicek said the regulatory process is nearly complete to increase the daily bag to three between 14 and 18 inches. It would take effect April 1.
I attribute it to the high water,” the former science teacher said. “It concentrates fish in current neckdowns and makes the fisherman’s job a little easier, and fish are more aggressive under those circumstances.”
“We have been catching a lot of fish in our spring (netting surveys),” Jakubicek said. ”And we are meeting or exceeding our goals for 2-inch (stockings).” This spring, they netted about 1,000 walleye in two nights. “Around 2001 or 2002, it would have taken us a week and a half to catch a thousand,” he said. Back then, a peak night would produce 20 walleye per net. This spring, it was 52 per net per night at peak.
About three-quarters of the walleye netted are males, which rarely exceed 18 inches. That’s the purpose of the protected slot from 18 to 24 inches, while the one allowed longer than 24 inches allows trophies to be taken. Females reaching that size do not have as much fertility in their eggs. The protected slot (18-24) protects about 70 percent of the females of egg-bearing age, Jakubicek figures.
posted by paul jones FLF