Posted by on Apr 18, 2017

The second event on the 2017 Trail was the IMTT Jake Wolf Memorial Tournament on Spring Lake North south of Pekin IL. Spring Lake North is the brood stock lake for Muskies in Illinois due to its proximity to the Jake Wolf Memorial Hatchery near Manito IL. A total of fourteen Muskies over the 30″ minimum were registered by the 43 entrants using a wide variety of baits over the two day event. A total of 9 Muskies were registered on Saturday and another 5 on Sunday. Many teams reported catching Muskies under the 30″ minimum to qualify for points.

In First Place with four Muskies totaling 148.25 points was the team of Kenn Blair (40″, 35.75″, 31.75″) of Belvidere IL and Rob Hawbaker (40.75″) of Germantown Hills IL.

In Second Place with two Muskies totaling 72.5 points was the team of Adam Vahl (37″) of Westmont IL and Anthony Fazio (35.5″) of Westmont IL.

In Third Place with two Muskies totaling 68 points was the team of David Brown (34.5″) of Morton IL and Darin Joos (33.5″) of Urbana IL.

In Fourth Place with one Muskie and 39.25 points was the team of Ron Haynes (39.25″) of Wheaton IL and Phil Gutmann of Lake In The Hills IL

Rob Hawbaker’s 40.75″ Muskie was the Big Fish of the tournament.

Other anglers recording fish were:
Marc DiMatteo (38.5″)
Ryan Gottschalk (38″)
Jakub Brewer (37.75″)
Jay Scarbrough (37.5″)
Tanner Boyle (34.5″)

At every two day event the IMTT conducts a food drive to help support local food pantries. At the Jake Wolf Memorial tournament, entrants donated nearly 1200 non-perishable food items.

THANK YOU to everyone who donated and THANK YOU to the MidWest Food Bank for helping those in need.

Next on the IMTT Schedule is the Shawnee Muskie Hunters Spring Fling tournament at Lake Kinkaid on April 29th & 30th.

On May 20th the Fox River Valley Chapter will host its annual Spring Challunge on the Fox Chain of Lakes.

We hope to see you at these events.