Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Tournament Organizers Apply for Permits Starting November 1st for 2018 Season

While many of us are thinking ducks and bucks, tournament anglers should already start thinking about next year.

If you are a director of a circuit or are wishing to apply for a permit to host a tournament on an Illinois lake, then this is for you.  Starting November 1, 2017 those who wish, can submit an application through the IDNR website.  See below for the press release from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  

2018 Illinois Fishing Tournament Applications Accepted by IDNR Beginning Nov. 1

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Fishing tournament organizers can begin applying for 2018 tournament permits on November 1, 2017.

Applications can be submitted to the Illinois Department of Natural Resources through IDNR fishing tournament online accounts on the I Fish Illinois website at

Catch results from 2017 tournaments must be entered before fishing clubs and tournament trails will be allowed to request tournament dates for 2018. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

“The Illinois DNR is grateful for the compliance that our tournament anglers have shown with this process of online tournament applications and reporting,” said Dan Stephenson, fisheries chief for the IDNR. “We also salute the staff at the Illinois Natural History Survey, which oversees the tournament permit system.”

Tournament fishing is extremely popular in Illinois. For 2017, nearly 3,000 applications for fishing tournaments were received. The catch data submitted by tournament organizers is vital information needed for the management of the waters they fish.

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