April 12th - Clinton Lake - Clinton Lake Marina 
May 3rd - Lake Sara - Lake Sara Marina 
June 28th - Lake Springfield - Lindsay Bridge
July 12th - Lake Shelbyville - 9th Street Ramp
September 19th - Mississippi River Pool 13 - Savanna Marina 
September 20th - Mississippi River Pool 13 - Savanna Marina 
October 3rd & 4th - Lake of Egypt - Pyramid Acres (Open Trail Classic)


New 2015 roster is here


Welcome two our new board members: Dave Blume as Treasurer and Dave Woodward as Finance Director.

Send 2015 IBF Rosters and Club Dues to:

Steve Tatum
1207 N Ann St
Pontiac IL 61764

The Secretary position is still vacant, if interested, please contact Steve Tatum at the above address.


Dear Illinois Bass Federation Members, 

My name is Ellen Cole and I am a Masters student in the Biology Department at Loyola University Chicago. As part of my thesis work, I have developed an online survey which examines the knowledge and prevention practices of recreational water users in regards to aquatic invasive species. 

I am hoping that, as a member of the IL Bass Federation, you would be willing to complete this survey. If you would be willing to complete this survey, please contact me at or at 773 508 2056 or my cell phone at 517 262 8690.    

Thank you very much and I look forward to hearing from you. 


Ellen Cole

2014-10-20 - 2015 Shriners Benefit Tournament Application

2014-09-10 - Classic Lake Sara Off Limits

Off limits begins the 21st at midnight.  Official practice days the 25th & 26th

2014-08-27 - 6 Qualifier Results

2014 State Qualifier Results

2014-08-06 - 6 Man Update

2014 Illinois Bass Federation State Team Qualifier (6 man) Info.
Dates: Official Practice Days 8/21 and 8/22/2014
Tournament Days:  08/23 and 8/24/2014
Off Limits: Starting 08/17/2014 at Midnight
The Marina will be off limits any area inside the break water area.
Ramp Location: Clinton Lake Marina
Ramp Fees for Tournament Days will be collected at meeting. ($5 per day per boat.) 
Tournament Hours will be: 5:30 Am or Safe Light – 2:30 pm
Pre Tournament Meeting and Pairings will be on Friday 08/22/2014
Meeting Location: Clinton Lake Marina Inside at Bar/Restaurant area.
Registration:  by Team captain: 4:00-5:00 Pm
Pre Tournament Meeting will start at 5:00 Pm
Team Roster changes have to be made no later than Sunday 8/17/2014.
(Email me with changes to
Hotels.  Clinton , Farmer City, LeRoy


From Tom Acton, Tournament Dir:

The make-up tournament for Pool 19 ,  has been re-schedule for Lake Springfield.  I had previously announced the date as August 17 but due to conflicts, the Tournament will be held Saturday, August 16 on Lake Springfield.  The pre-tournament meeting will be held at the Beach house pavillion on Friday evening.  Since this is a Saturday event, times will change.  Registration will be from 7:00PM until 7:30PM.  The meeting will begin at 7:30PM.  This will allow those who must work Friday ample time to attend the meeting.


Lake Vermillion meeting location:  Gao Grotto, 2400 Denmark Road, Danville.  Registration from 4:00-5:00pm meeting at 5:00pm.   



MI River Pool 19 event has been canceled due to flooding, Tom will try to reschedule.


From Mike Garthaus:

I ordered some plants last week and waiting to get them in.  I am hoping I can plant them this Friday.  I am going to Evergreen Lake first and then Clinton.  I am going to plant some tomorrow but I do not need help.  

The Evergreen group will meet at 9 am this Friday and when we are done there I will go to Clinton.  
I think a good guess for a time would be 12:30 at the site office at Clinton Lake.  That is the office near the Mascoutin ramp and not the regional office on 54.  

Questions or comments, contact Mike Garthaus


Clinton Youth Tournament! Meeting at 4:30pm on Saturday, Pizza at 5:00pm


It is with heavy heart that I must inform the members that Robby “ Bigy” Bigliazzi past away on May 1st. Bigy as he was known to all of us was born on April 22, 1938 and resided in Farmington.    Biggi was a long time member and supporter of the Illinois Bass Federation.  He supported us on all facets, He fished the open trail, 6man team and many other events that we have held in the past.  Biggi  has fished on our state team and won our Open Trail classic on the Fox Chain of Lakes.  I will always remember him as the only person I know that would flip the heaviest cover he could find with a spinning rod.  He will be greatly missed. 

Jeff Peterson, IBF President


DNR is requesting help from the IBF to assist with ongoing habitat projects on Clinton lake.  If you wish to participate, please contact Matt Haynie


Click here to get the details on the 2014 – 2nd quarter Pure Fishing Discount Purchase Program.


From Steve Tatum:

The State Team Qualifier/SixMan Entry Deadline has been Extended to June 1st.

The board voted to extend the State Team Qualifier/Six Man entry deadline to June 1st every year starting this year since it will be held every year in August.

This will be added to the rules.


IOWA DNR has lifted the 1pm tournament restriction on the Mississippi River.  Read More Here.


IBF Board Openings:

Treasurer (immediate)
Secretary (2015)
Internet (2015)

Contact Jeff Peterson


Ed Camacho presented Jerry Martoglio and the Federation with a Gold Page Certificate from the Shrine Hospital at the last Board Meeting.




POWER-POLE Discounts for TBF Members...

Step 1 is register the warranty of their new pole(s)  online with POWER-POLE 

Step 2 fill out the TBF rebate form online after Power Pole warranty reg. online

Step 3 Power Pole will verify with TBF National Office that they in fact an active TBF member and what level of rebate is earned!


Welcome  our newest sponsor Blitz Lures!


2014 Rules just posted


Make sure to head over to our facebook page where our forum is now hosted.  Our community is growing and good discussions are taking place.




2015 Scheduled Events

 When Event/Where
April 12
Clinton Lake
Clinton Lake Marina 
May 3rd
Lake Sara
Lake Sara Marina 

June 28

Lake Springfield
Lindsay Bridge

July 12
Lake Shelbyville
9th Street Ramp
Aug 22-23 State Team Qualifier
Pool 19
Sept 6-11 Northern Divisional
Lake Carlyle

Sept 19-20

Mississippi River Pool 13
Savanna Marina 

Oct 3 & 4
Lake of Egypt
Pyramid Acres
(Open Trail Classic)