Nathan Troeckler takes 1st at Newton!

Posted in Bass Club on April 15th, 2014 by Brad

On April 13th, 2014, the Gillespie Bass Club held their third tourney of the season on the final power plant lake on the clubs schedule. The club made the long haul to Newton lake in hopes of hooking into some of the lunker bass that are known to call the lake their home. Water temps of lower 60′s in the cold arm with temps in the lower 70′s in the warm arm, throw in a little color and a chop on the water, all the ingredients for a great fish catching day. Let me just say that nothing humbles a fisherman more than having to throw back a 3 lb football that gave you a good fight and made you think, “this is the one” only to find out that fighter only measured 17.5 inches. This is the struggle of fishing an 18 inch limit lake. Great catches were had by many, but the numbers of 18 plus fish simply were not there this day. As always though, someone does find them! The results are as follows:

1st, Nathan Troeckler, 3 fish, 13.43 lbs.
2nd, Jerry Tilley, 3 fish, 12.04 lbs.
3rd, Randy Thacker, 2 fish, 6.90 lbs.
Big Bass, Roger Large, 6.37 lbs. * Takes over as new Big Bass of Year, 2014

28 Anglers participated with 18 weighing 24 fish for a total weight of 98 lbs.

Complete Tournament Results can be viewed HERE

YTD Standings as of Newton can be viewed HERE

Photos can be viewed HERE

Next up, TWO-DAY!!!!! KENTUCKY!!!! BE THERE!!!

Until then, Good fishin!

JQ Halteman nets a win at Sangchris!

Posted in Bass Club on March 31st, 2014 by Brad

On March 30, 2014, the Gillespie Bass Club held their second tournament of the season on the cooling lake known as Sangchris. Another well known power plant lake located North of here near Pawnee, it has been a club favorite for many years. With water temps ranging anywhere from 51 in the cold water to a tad warmer 62 in the strawkas arm, fishing was good. Better weather conditions and surprisingly clear water for this time of year made for a good tournament. Results are as follows:

1st, JQ Halteman, 3 fish, 10.65 lbs.
2nd, Mike Grejtak, 3 fish, 10.29 lbs.
3rd, Lonnie Gerdes, 3 fish, 9.80 lbs.
Big Bass, Levi Rosentretter, 5.39 lbs.

35 anglers participated with 29 weighing in 67 fish for a total weight of 189.61 lbs.

Complete Tournament results can be viewed HERE!

Photos can be viewed HERE

Year To Date Standings can be viewed HERE

Next Meeting is April 7th. Drawing for Newton and Two-Day!!!!

Lonnie Colley lands the win at Coffeen opener!

Posted in Bass Club on March 17th, 2014 by Brad

On March 17th, the Gillespie Bass Club towed their boats to well known Coffeen lake to participate in the clubs first tournament of the 2014 season. Although everyone was excited to start the season, the high winds made for some tough fishing on the main lake. Water temps around the mid fifties and the fish moving up into the coves made for some nice catches. A slot limit of one over 15 and two under 15 was in effect and the results are as follows:

1st, Lonnie Colley, 3 fish, 9.15 lbs.
2nd, Joe Slemer, 3 fish, 8.11 lbs.
3rd, Kevin Troeckler, 3 fish, 7.94 lbs.
Big Bass, Lonnie Colley, 5.50 lbs.

32 Anglers participated with 31 weighing in 73 fish for a total weight of 179.79 lbs.

Congrats to our winners and to all who made it out! Get Ready for Sangchris!!!!

Standings are HERE

Photos are HERE

Otter Lake Circuit

Posted in Bass Club on March 10th, 2014 by Brad

Fellow club member, Levi Rosentretter has the following information he would like to share:

Hey guys… I’m starting a team bass tournament series at Otter Lake this year. There will be 12 tournaments throughout the spring and summer, plus a “Classic” for the top anglers of the year. Entry fee will be $40 per boat. The first tournament will be April 6th. For the full schedule, visit and join the Facebook group, Otter Lake Tournament Series. For all rules and information, visit HERE

March Meeting

Posted in Bass Club on February 23rd, 2014 by Brad

Next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 3, 2014, at 7:00pm. Crawdaddies Tavern, Mt. Olive, IL.

Just a reminder that we will be drawing for two tournaments!!

Coffeen, March 16th and Sangchris, March 30th!!!

Lets get this season underway!

Awards Banquet

Posted in Bass Club on February 23rd, 2014 by Brad

The club would like to thank all who made last nights award banquet a success. I’m sure those who attended all agree that the food was amazing and thanks to Litchfield Country Club for allowing us to have it there. Those who were unable to attend and received awards, they will be made available at the club meeting. Thanks again.


Posted in Bass Club on February 9th, 2014 by Brad

Roster is up. Check and make sure all your info is correct.

Club Banquet

Posted in Bass Club on January 21st, 2014 by Brad

Here’s the info:

Where: Litchfield Country Club

When: February 22, 2014

Time: Happy Hour 6:00, Dinner at 7:00.

Award ceremony and 50/50′s will follow the meal.

We will need a head count no later than one week prior to the event. Please try to attend the February meeting or let someone know if you plan on attending.

Directions and info about the country club can be viewed HERE

Elections and Officers

Posted in Bass Club on January 17th, 2014 by Brad

Your Officers and Board of Directors for the 2014 season can be viewed HERE

Also, the voting at the January 13th, 2014 meeting removed the office of Special Events Coordinator. The By-Laws on this site will reflect the change.

2014 Schedule

Posted in Bass Club on January 17th, 2014 by Brad

The prospective schedule for the 2014 season has been posted. Click HERE