For 2019 the IMTT decided to try a new tournament format and conduct a two day tournament on two separate lakes in central Illinois. The 2019 IMTT Jake Wolf Memorial Tournament was held on April 13th at Spring Lake North near Manito IL and at Wheel Lake in Banner Marsh SFWA near Canton IL.
On day one, the 21 entrants were treated to one of the best days of weather thus far in 2019 with blue skies, mid 50 degree air temperatures and light & variable winds and managed to register 9 Muskies over the 30 inch minimum to count in the tournament.
On day two, mother nature reminded the Jake Wolf entrants that she can be as vicious as she was for the 2018 IMTT Jake Wolf Memorial tournament. Sunday morning brought a cold front that produced rain, sleet, 25-35 mph winds and up to 5 inches of heavy snow to the area. As a result of the weather, the Sunday tournament hours officially ended at 10am with no Muskies registered.
1st Place with two fish totaling 72 points went to Michelle Taylor & Bob Taylor (33″ & 39″) from Brimfield IL
2nd Place with two fish totaling 65 points went to Phil Gutmann (32.5″ & 32.5″) from Lake in the Hills IL
3rd Place and BIG FISH of the tournament went to Don Gordon (42″) from Flora IL & Mike Gordon from Villa Grove IL
Other Muskies registered:
John Forsyth (40″) from Shelbyville IL
William Gaddy (33.75″) from Bloomington IL
Kenn Blair (32.5″) from Belvedere IL
Tanner Boyle (31″) from Gibson City IL
At each two day tournament, IMTT members donate non-perishable food items to the local food pantries and food banks to support those charities in fighting hunger in the area. This weekend IMTT members donated 325 food items weighing 240 pounds to the Midwest Food Bank of Peoria.
The IMTT wishes to thank Angela and her staff at McCritter’s Bar & Grille in Pekin IL for their hospitality, food and beverages on Friday & Saturday evenings.
Shawnee Muskie Hunters’ Spring Fling
April 27 & 28 on Lake Kinkaid
Fox River Valley Challunge On The Chain
May 18th on the Fox Chain of Lakes
IMTT MIKE SULE MEMORIAL
JUNE 1st & 2nd on the Fox Chain of Lakes