(More Photos from) Spring Trip to Southern Illinois a Success

I added a handful of photos that were received from Laura Bacon who was on the trip with Tammi Greenwald.  Check out Laura's new boat,  She did the painting and rehab of the whole boat with the help of her brothers.  Cool boat Laura....

It was a great trip, probably the best one ever. 

May 18 to 22 Illinois Outdoors offered a great trip to Southern Illinois.  We stayed at the Rend Lake resort who provided the lodging and dining for our group. 

On Wednesday Night, we had our welcoming banquet where instead of doing our regular seminar segment, Ray Ludkevicz and I did a remote broadcast of the Fishing and Outdoor Radio Show.  Before the audience we interviewed Gena Atchinson of the Rend Lake Resort, guide Jason Johns of Todd Gessner Outdoors, Mike Hooe of the Illinois DNR Fisheries, and guide Bradon Gibbs of RD Outdoors.

Our guests did a great job.  Everyone learned about the resort and fishing in Rend and other nearby lakes.

Following that we had a great raffle with prizes from our sponsnors.

I was there for the whole week. Earlier in the week I taped a TV Show with Jason John and Rich and Richie Wren.   Rich Wren Sr. made the winning bit at the March 2011 Illinois Conservation Foundation Hall of Fame Banquet auction for this trip and the ability to be on my TV show.  Rich Sr. gave the trip to his son and grandson.   I have photos attached here in the slide show to show you how the week went and how the fishing was earlier in the week too.

Here is what some of our guests said about the trip....

"Lynn and I had a great time. Weather was great. The goodie bag is much appreciated.  Here is pic of 14 inch crappie caught with Jason as guide.   Thanks for great trip."  Jim


"Hi Don, my thanks to you and your peeps for setting up a great get away, and to Rend Lake Resort for their great service and good food.  A special thanks goes out to your sponsors for filling the goodie bag with some great stuff, especially Panther Vision Power Caps, that cap is an awesome tool for night fishing. I won't leave home without it,--- when I go fishing.  Thanks again."   Ray


 "Hey Don, Thanks again for all of your hard work and your staff's hard work as well.  It was another great trip.   Please tell your sponsors thank you as well!!  I have attached a pic from night fishing on Little Grassy.  Please note the Panther nite vision hat and that hawg was caught with a War Eagle spinnerbait.   The Cubbies kicked some butt with the crappies, also!!"  Regards, Steve


"Don,   Once again you out-did yourself, the spring trip to Rend Lake was really a great time.  I can't wait till next spring.  The Wednesday night welcome dinner was great, doing the radio show from there was fun to watch. I would like to personally thank all of the sponsors who so generously donated to the goodie bags and for the raffle, all of the things will be put to good use. And thanks to every one at Rend Lake Resort for making our stay a pleasant time.  Again, thanks Don and to everyone involved in putting this trip together!  Sometimes you gotta say the heck with it, GO FISH!"  Sincerely, Ralph


"Don,  As usual, the trip (my third) to Rend Lake was great. Going out with guide Jason Johns and learning how to fish and catch crappie in the brush was really challenging but very productive. There will be many a fish fry this summer.  The Rend Lake facility was very accommodating and the food was outstanding. The many products provided by the various sponsors for the raffle table and the "goody" bag is always appreciated.  Unfortunately, I do not have any pictures to send you. I was too busy catching crappie.  Looking forward to the Mille Lacs trip!!!!!!!"  Casey


"Great trip.  We hit it just right with huge crappies.   The mini mites worked perfect for pulling big crappie out of the bushes.  Loved the gift bag, raffle, dining and lodging at the Rend Lake Resort.  I'm going back and plan on me for next year."  Jim

"Don, I wanted to thank you and your sponsors for a fantastic Spring Fishing Trip to Southern IllinoisAll of the sponsor gifts were greatly appreciated.  During the trip, we really made use of the Cubby Mini-Mites and Blakemore Road Runner Crappie Thunder.  My boat partner used live minnows crappie fishing, but I outfished him 4 to 1 using a Pink/White Cubby Mini-Mite.  I also caught some of my larger crappies of the trip using the Blakemore Crappie Thunder.  My son Joe really appreciated the Panther Vision lighted hat, and has gotten great use of it shore fishing since we returned from Rend LakeDon, thank you again for a great trip.  We are already looking forward to next year.  I've attached a few photos from the trip."   Take care,  Jeff   "Big Dog"

"A great big Thank You to those that sponsor our spring trip!  We had a great time and thanks to your continued support this is a trip that we look forward to all year long!"  Sincerely, Tammi

Our next trip is to Mille Lacs MN the week of Labor Day in September.   CLICK HERE for more details.  

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