Bowfishing Tournament Returns to Randolph County

The annual Kaskaskia River Rough Fish Gathering returns to Randolph County for 2022. The Annual Bowfishing Tournament will be held Saturday, July 16 at the Jerry F. Costello (Kaskaskia) Lock and Dam in Modoc.

All bowfishing enthusiasts are encouraged to plan now for the annual tournament, which is open to all bowfishers. The tournament is organized by the Lower Kaskaskia Stakeholders Incorporated in cooperation with the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

The tournament will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will include Boat and Walk/Shore divisions. The Boat division will offer a Big 10 fish format, and the Walking/Shore division will offer a Big 3 fish format. There will be side pots for the total number of fish, large fish and small fish.

This year, attendees will need to register, register and receive the pre-tournament speech at the boat launch above the lock and dam. At that time, anglers will be able to access all waters within the Kaskaskia River State Fish and Wildlife Area, except Baldwin Lake and the downstream waters below the lock. and the Jerry F. Costello Dam.

As always, the community is invited to take-off and weigh-in to learn about invasive carp, watch the weigh-in, test various species of river fish, and check out the variety of boats and bow fishing gear. . The fish will be given to anyone who brings a container and asks for it for fishing bait, fertilizer, etc.

The boat division entry fee is $100 per boat; teams can be made up of one to four members. The registration fee for the Walk/Rive division is $25 per participant. Both divisions will be reimbursed 100%. Refund amounts and number of paid places will be based on the number of entries, with guaranteed payout for the top three places in both divisions. Please note that no catfish or gar will be weighed in at the tournament as the fishing grounds are a reintroduction site for alligator gar.

Take-off will be in the order of registration. Attendees can pre-register by emailing [email protected] or onsite the morning of the event. The tournament will be limited to 40 boats, so advance registration is strongly encouraged.

Camping is available on site at the lock and dam, with 15 sites potentially available. Sites cost $20 a night and include amenities such as electricity, picnic tables, grills, asphalt slabs, trash pickup, shower, and toilet blocks. Campers must pay before setting up camp; the paying terminal is open 24 hours a day. Departure time is 4 p.m. The maximum number of campers per site is eight.

Contact John Hartleb at Kaskaskia River Project, 4800 Lock and Dam Road, Modoc, IL 62261 or (618) 284-7160.

Earnest A. Martinez