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ILLINOIS


FEBRUARY

Feb 22 -- Kayak Wars -- all legal waters statewide -- website
Feb 22 -- River Bassin Tournament Trail - Online Tournament -- statewide - all legal waters -- website

Feb 24 -- USA Bassin - IL-09 -- Cedar Hills, IL - Lake of Egypt -- website


MARCH

March 1 -- Kayak Wars -- all legal waters statewide -- website
March 1 -- River Bassin Tournament Trail - Online Tournament -- statewide - all legal waters -- website

March 2 -- USA Bassin - IL-06 -- Cedar Hills, IL - Lake of Egypt -- website
March 3 -- USA Bassin - IL-08 -- Pamona Township, IL - Cedar Lake -- website

March 8 -- Kayak Wars -- all legal waters statewide -- website
March 8 -- River Bassin Tournament Trail - Online Tournament -- statewide - all legal waters -- website

March 9 -- Anglers Dream - Div 22 -- Channahon, IL - Big Basin Ramp - Des Plaines River -- website
March 9 -- USA Bassin - IL-02 -- Coffeen, IL - Lake Coffeen (make-up) -- website
March 9 -- USA Bassin - IL-03 -- Mill creek, IL - Mill Creek Lake -- website

March 10 -- USA Bassin - IL-09 -- Pamona Township, IL - Cedar Lake-- website

March 15 -- Kayak Wars -- all legal waters statewide -- website
March 15 -- River Bassin Tournament Trail - Online Tournament -- statewide - all legal waters -- website

March 16 -- Anglers Dream - Div 04 - Brunham, IL - Waterfront Pub Ramp -- website

March 22 -- Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit - Spring Valley, IL - Illinois River -- website

March 23 -- Anglers Dream - Div 22 -- Channahon, IL - Big Basin Ramp - Des Plaines River -- website
March 23 -- Kayak Wars -- all legal waters statewide -- website
March 23 -- River Bassin Tournament Trail - Online Tournament -- statewide - all legal waters -- website

March 23 -- USA Bassin - IL-06 -- Cedar Hills, IL - Lake of Egypt -- website
March 23 -- USA Bassin - IL-15 -- Murphysboro, IL - Murphysboro Lake -- website

March 24 -- USA Bassin - IL-08 -- Pamona Township, IL - Cedar Lake -- website

March 29 -- Kayak Wars -- all legal waters statewide -- website
March 29 -- River Bassin Tournament Trail - Online Tournament -- statewide - all legal waters -- website

March 30 -- Anglers Dream - Div 04 - Brunham, IL - Waterfront Pub Ramp -- website

March 31 -- Anglers Dream - Div 02 -- Channahon, IL - Big Basin Ramp -- website
March 31 -- American Bass Anglers - IL North Div 39 AFT -- Lake Clinton, IL - Marina Launch -- website
March 31 -- USA Bassin - IL-09 -- Pamona Township, IL - Cedar Lake-- website


APRIL

April 4 -- USA Bassin - IL-09 -- Pamona Township, IL - Cedar Lake-- website

April 6 -- Anglers Dream - Div 22 (championship) -- Channahon, IL - Big Basin Ramp - Des Plaines River -- website
April 6 -- Fishers of Men - IL Central Team -- Lindsay Bridge - Lake Springfield -- website
April 6 -- Fishers of Men - IL North Legacy -- North Ramp - Braidwood Lake -- website
April 6 -- Kayak Wars -- all legal waters statewide -- website
April 6 -- River Bassin Tournament Trail - Online Tournament -- statewide - all legal waters -- website
April 6 -- USA Bassin - IL-15 -- Murphysboro, IL - Murphysboro Lake -- website
April 6 -- USA Bassin - IL-17 -- Shelbyville, IL - Lake Shelbyville -- website

April 7 -- USA Bassin - IL-09 -- Pamona Township, IL - Cedar Lake -- website

April 13 -- Anglers Dream - Div 03 -- Burnham, IL - Waterfront Pub Ramp -- website