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ILLINOIS


APRIL

April 28 -- Anglers Dream - Div 02 -- Channahon, IL - Big Basin Ramp -- website
April 28 -- National Bass Angler -- Clinton , IL - Clinton Marina - Lake Clinton -- website
April 28 -- U.S. Anglers Choice --Pomona City, IL - Pomona Ramp - Cedar Lake -- website
April 28 -- USA Bassin - IL-09 -- Pamona Township, IL - Cedar Lake -- website

MAY
May 4 -- Fishers of Men - IL Central Team -- South Ramp - Lake Glen Shoals -- website
May 4 -- Kayak Wars -- all legal waters statewide -- website
May 4 -- National Bass Fishing Trail - IL Div -- Weldon, IL - Clinton Lake Marina - Clinton Lake -- website
May 4 -- River Bassin Tournament Trail - Online Tournament -- statewide - all legal waters -- website
May 4 -- USA Bassin - IL-01 -- Sesser, IL - Rend Lake -- website

May 5 -- Anglers Dream - Div 20 -- Port Barrington IL - Fox River Preserve Marina -- website

May 11 -- Kayak Wars -- all legal waters statewide -- website
May 11 -- River Bassin Tournament Trail - Online Tournament -- statewide - all legal waters -- website
May 11 -- U.S. Anglers Choice -- Antioch, IL - Port of Blarney - Fox Lake Chain -- website

May 11 -- USA Bassin - IL-05 -- Palmyra, IL - Otter Lake -- website
May 11 -- USA Bassin - IL-11 -- Olney, IL - East Fork Lake -- website
May 11 -- USA Bassin - IL-15 -- Murphysboro, IL - Murphysboro Lake -- website

May 12 -- USA Bassin - IL-09 -- Pamona Township, IL - Cedar Lake -- website

May 15 -- Fishers of Men - IL West Boggs Weeknight -- West Boggs Park - West Boggs -- website

May 18 -- Kayak Wars -- all legal waters statewide -- website
May 18 -- National Bass Angler -- Springfield, IL - Lindsey Bridge - Lake Springfield -- website
May 18 -- National Bass Fishing Trail - IL Div -- Weldon, IL - Clinton Lake Marina - Clinton Lake -- website
May 18 -- River Bassin Tournament Trail - Online Tournament -- statewide - all legal waters -- website
May 18 -- USA Bassin - IL-17 -- Shelbyville, IL - Lake Shelbyville -- website

May 19 -- Fishers of Men - IL North Legacy -- Waveland Park - Lake Waveland -- website
May 19 -- U.S. Anglers Choice --Pomona City, IL - Pomona Ramp - Cedar Lake -- website

May 24 -- USA Bassin - IL-09 -- Kinkaid Lake, IL - Kinkaid Lake -- website

May 25 -- Kayak Wars -- all legal waters statewide -- website
May 25 -- River Bassin Tournament Trail - Online Tournament -- statewide - all legal waters -- website
May 25 -- USA Bassin - IL-03 -- Mill creek, IL - Mill Creek Lake -- website

May 26 -- Anglers Dream - Div 20 -- Port Barrington IL - Fox River Preserve Marina -- website


JUNE

June 1 -- Cabela's King Kat -- Dixon, IL - Rock River -- website
June 1 -- Kayak Wars -- all legal waters statewide -- website
June 1 -- River Bassin Tournament Trail - Online Tournament -- statewide - all legal waters -- website
June 1 -- USA BASSIN - IL Div 01 -- Sailboat Launch - Rendlake -- website
June 1 -- USA BASSIN - IL Div 03 -- Park Ramp - Mill Creek Lake -- website

June 2 -- Anglers Dream - Div 02 -- Channahon, IL - Big Basin Ramp -- website
June 2 -- Fishers of Men - IL North Legacy -- Big Monon - Lake Shafer -- website

June 6 -- U.S. Anglers Choice -- Benton, IL - Sailboat Ramp - Rend Lake -- website

June 8 -- Fishers of Men - IL Central Team -- Lindsay Bridge - Lake Springfield -- website
June 8 -- Fishers of Men - IL North Legacy -- North Ramp - Braidwood Lake -- website
June 8 -- FLW Bass Fishing Leauge (BFL) - Illini Div -- Shelbyville, IL - Shelbyville -- website
June 8 -- Kayak Wars -- all legal waters statewide -- website
June 8 -- River Bassin Tournament Trail - Online Tournament -- statewide - all legal waters -- website