Youth Muskie Tournament Trail Continues

Getting the kids outdoors is our responsibility.  One great way for them to enjoy fishing is by getting involved in the Youth Muskie Tournament Trail.  This just came in…

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Morgan Kelly with the muskie she caught at the Lake Shalbyville leg of the YMTT last May.

The Illinois Muskie Tournament Trail, recognizing that the future of our state’s fishing resources lies in the hands of its young fishermen, continues its 2010 Illinois Muskie Youth Tournament Trail this Fall. The purpose of this “Future of Muskie Fishing” youth tournament circuit, is to introduce young fishermen to the challenges and fun of Muskie fishing.  The tournament is designed to be very participant friendly, with no entry fee, and lots of fun built in.  Each youth that participates will receive instruction about safety and Muskie fishing basics, the opportunity to catch Muskie, and recognition of  his / her participation.  Awards will be given to the top three teams in each tournament .  A team may consist of one or two youth fishermen.  Any young fishermen enrolled  in grades k – 12 at the beginning of the 2009 school year are eligible. Each team must also have an adult along, to supervise and run the boat. Individual awards, for the Tournament Trail Champion, and runner up, will be presented at the end of the tournament trail season. These individual awards will be based on an IMTT point system.

The Illinois Muskie Youth Tournament Trail has two events remaining. The next one is on Lake Kinkaid Sept. 25th, and the final event will be on the Fox Chain Oct 30th. Youths may participate in one or all of the tournaments. Each tournament is hosted by a local Muskie club. Team awards will be based on fish caught in that tournament.  The individual awards will be based on the entire youth trail, using the IMTT point system. The IMTT is very excited about the potential of this Trail, and is looking forward to helping youngsters learn about this fishing “treasure”  in Illinois.

The Youth Trail got off to a great and enthusiastic start last May on Lake Shelbyville, hosted by the Lake Shelbyville Muskie Club.  Dick’s Sporting Goods, of Springfield, and the Rodney T. Miller Lakeside Triathlon, of Decatur gladly became major sponsors of the 2010 Youth Trail. They have both freely and enthusiastically given significant contributions to help ensure that this is a positive experience for all of the young Muskie fishermen

Below is the  remaining schedule of the Youth Trail, and contacts for entry forms, tournament times, and more specific rules. Entrants must be registered in advance of each event date. Some sites may have limits as to the number of boats allowed in its tournament, so try to get on the list early, if you wish to join in on the fun.

Youth Tournament Trail – IMTT Co-Chairs:
Dale Drew * 
815 582-2482, 509 Mitchell, Braceville, Il 60407
Bob Kerans *
217 423-0932, 3045 S Franklin St. Rd., Decatur IL. 62521

2010 Youth Muskie Tournament Dates remaining:
Shawnee Muskie Hunters: Sat., Sept. 25, 2010
Dan Johnson *
Renee Johnson *
618 655-0640, 130 N. Meadows Ridge Trail,  Edwardsville, IL. 62025

Fox River Valley: Sat., Oct. 30, 2010
Rich Gallagher –
847 341-1723, 1253 Cobblers Crossing, Elgin, IL 60120

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