(Bloomington/Normal Bass Club)


2022 BNBC Big Bass Tolurnamant

Well it was windy, but guys still like to fish! Lake Bloomington gave up more fish than Evergreen lake last week. We had 2 winners this week!

Water temps up into low 50″s!

 Bradford/Raymer-1st Big Bass #3.02

Brown/Umland-2nd #1.84





Dec 2021BNBC Meeting Notice

The BNBC Gerald Martoglio Tuesday Classic tournament was held on Coffeen Lake on 10-23; 10-24-21. Fishing turned out to pretty good for most teams.

Congratulations to the championship team of Taylor Umland and Keith Ringger with an outstanding total weight #30.51!

 1st Place: Umland/Ringger- 10 fish #30.58

 2nd Place: Newcom/Yutzy- 8 fish #20.10

 3rd Place: Russell/Veselak- 9 fish #18.85

 4th Gregory/Gregory- 7 fish #17.56

 5th Place: Merritt/Vickers- 7 fish #16.48

 Big Bass Day 1-Merritt/Vickers #3.80

 Big Bass Day 2-Umland/Ringger #5.05

 Big Critter Day 1-Peterson/Norris #1.85

 Big Critter Day 2-Peterson/Norris #1.53

 Great year, thanks to all the fishermen that made it so great!

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The BNBC Gerald Martoglio Saturday classic tournament was held on 10-16-21, and 10-17-21. The contestants found significantly different patterns between Panther creeks Prairie Lake, Lake Springfield.

 1st Place: J. Poppe/ Ward – 5 fish #12.09

 2nd Place: S. Bree – 3 fish #10.65

 3rd Place: Russell/Varner – 3 fish #7.65

 Big Bass Day 1 – Russell/Varner  #3.57

Big Critter Day 1 – Thieson/Cassel .50

Big Bass Day 2 – Bree #5.70

Big Critter Day 2 – #1.20

2021 Saturday Classic


The BNBC meeting will be held November 3rd @ 7:00 PM at the Davis Lodge at Lake Bloomington. There will be a free wiener roast and the Friends of Everbloom will be in attendance to discuss lakes and conservation issues. Pass around to interested parties please.



2021 BNBC Awards Banquet



BNBC 2021 Tuesday Classic Qualifiers

BNBC 2021 Tuesday Classic Qualifiers
BNBC 2021 Tuesday Classic Qualifiers

BNBC 2021 Saturday Classic Qualifiers

BNBC 2021 Saturday Classic Qualifiers

BNBC 2021 Saturday Classic Qualifiers




The final Tuesday night tournament for 2021 fished at

Lake Bloomington 9-14-21.

 1st Place: Russell/Veselak- 2 fish #5.97

 2nd Place: Estes/Menssen – 1 fish #3.76

 3rd Place: Brown/Louge – 1 fish 3.71

 Big Bass: Russell/Veselak – #4.27

Lake Bloomington Results 9-14-21


Tuesday 9-14-2021 Lake Bloomington Result BNBC 2021 Tuesday Classic









BNBC 2021 Saturday Classic

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Lake Evergreen under threatening skies on Tuesday 9-7-21.

 1st Place: Morrison/Andreas- 2 fish #6.67

 2nd Place: Brown/Umland  – 2 fish #6.64

 Big Bass: Morrison/Andreas – #4.79

Lake Evergreen Results 9-7-21

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Lake Bloomington on 8-31-21. There were 18 teams signed up by takeoff time.

 1st Place: Sharrow/McCullough – 2 fish #6.74

 2nd Place: Gregory/Gregory  – 2 fish #5.02

 3rd Place: Newcome/Byrne – 2 fish #3.84

 Big Bass: Sharrow/McCullough – #4.43

 Lake Bloomington Results 8-31-21


The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Dawson Lake on 8-24-22. It showed of its fish population with lots of good quality bass! There were 6 5 fish limits in the field of 12 boats.

 1st Place: Dowdy/Boring – 5 fish #10.95

 2nd Place: Golden/Golden – 5 fish #9.67

 3rd Place: Russell/Veselak  – 5 fish #9.20

 Big Bass- Dowdy/Boring  – #5.76

Dawson Lake 8-24-21 Results






BNBC Sat Clinton Cancellation 9-25-21

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series visited Evergreen Lake 8-17-21, and 19 teams signed up.

 1st Place: Norris/Norris- 2 fish #5.36

 2nd Place: Merritt/Walker  1 fish #4.01

 3rd Place: Volz – 1 fish #3.97

 Big Bass: Merritt/Walker  – #4.01

Lake Evergreen Results 8-17-21 Lake Evergreen 8-17-21


It was a beautiful Saturday for the BNBC on Johnson Lake at Banner Marsh 8-14-21. 6 Boats enjoyed the wonderful day.

1st Place – Volz / Gehrt 4 fish 14.68 lb.

2nd Place – Ringger / Ringger  2 fish 7.73 lb.

Big Bass – Volz / Gehrt  4.98 lb.

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The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Clinton Lake on 8-10-21.

 1st Place: Brown/Umland- 3 fish #9.38

 2nd Place: Gregory/Gregory- 2 fish #4.80

 Big Bass: Wolf/Geerts- #4.06

Clinton Lake Results 8-10-21 





Team Matthew 2021

HOOAH 2021





The BNBC Tuesday Nighter was held at Lake Bloomington August 3. Here are the totals from that tournament. 18 teams participated. Hope to see everyone at the club cookout tonight at Comlara Park beginning at 6 pm.

Lake Bloomington Results 8-3-21

The BNBC Saturday tournament schedule took us to Lake Sangchris 7-31-21.

1st Place: Varner/Russell – 5 fish #12.08

 2nd Place: Bree – 3 fish #10.84

 Big Bass: Bree #4.38

Lake Sangcris Results 7-31-21

Lake Sangcris 7-31-21

The Tuesday night tournament series visited Evergreen lake 7-25-21, with 17 teams participating. 

 1st Place: Veselak/Russell- 4 fish #10.24

 2nd Place: Mennsen/Estes – 3 fish #8.34

 3rd Place: Dowdy/Boring – 3 fish #6.49

 Big Bass-Morrison/Johnson- #5.59

Lake Evergreen Results 7-27-2021


BNBC August Meeting Notice 2021

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Clinton Lake 7-20-21. There were 16 teams signed up to fish.

1st Place: Umland/Brown- 2 fish #6.01

2nd Place: Carr/Carr – 2 fish #5.27

3rd Place: Dowdy/Boring- 2 fish #4.59

Big Bass: Umland/Brown- #3.98

Next tournament is on Lake Evergreen

Clinton Lake Results 7-20-21

The BNBC Saturdays tournament schedule took us to Banner Marsh,  Shovel Lake, Bells Landing access.

 1st Place: Volz/Gehrt – 4 fish #15.55

 2nd Place: Cassell/Theison – 3 fish #11.08

 Big Bass: Volz/Gerht- #4.81

 Next tournament 7-31-21 at Sangcris lake.

Banner Marsh - Bells Landing Results 7-17-21

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Banner Marsh 1, 7-17-21

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series visited Evergreen lake Tuesday 7-13-21. There were 16 teams participating in the tournament.

 1st Place: Hendren/Finck 2 fish #4.45

 2nd Place: Cooke/Kale 2 fish #3.78

 3rd Place: Estes/Meissen 1 fish #2.96

 Big Bass: Estes/ Meissen #2.96

 Next tournament at Clinton Lake West access 7-20-21.

Remember This Saturday Tournament @ Banner March – Shovel Lake – Bells Landing Ramp. 6:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Lake Evergreen Results 7-13-2021



At our July 7th meeting a rule change was suggested, discussed, voted on and approved. Download a updated copy here. http://www.bnbassclub.com/?p=4134



BNBC Banner March Tournament anouncement

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Clinton Lake on 7-6-21. There were 11 teams signed up to fish.

 1st Place: Dowdy/Boring- 1 fish #2.76

 2nd Place: Ringger- 1 fish #2.69

 3rd Place: Welch/Wallace- 1 fish #2.63

 Big Bass- Dowdy/Boring- #2.76

 Remember the meeting tonight @ 7:00.

Hamilton & Sikora, CPA 8 Westport Ct Bloomington, IL 61704

(We will be in the back of the office in the warehouse, enter via the loading dock). The High school teams & visitors will be showing off there pitching skills starting @ 5:30. Come out and support the next generation.

Clinton Lake results 7-6-21

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Lake Bloomington on 6-29-21. Under threatening skies 17 teams participated in what turned out to be a very pleasant evening. Unfortunately the fish didn’t share in the event as much as hoped for.

 1st Place: Swanson/Swanson- 5 fish #13.83

 2nd Place: Russell/Veselak- 4 fish #7.71

 3rd Place: Hendren/Pinkham- 1 fish #4.97

 Big Bass-Swanson/Swanson- #5.20

Next tournament at Clinton Lake West access 7-6-21

Lake Bloomington Results 6-29-21

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series visited Clinton Lake on 6-22-21, 17 teams participated.

 Note: Celebration of life for long time BNBC president and tournament director Gerald (Jerry) Martoglio will be held on Sunday 6-27-21 at Davis Lodge at Lake Bloomington. The event will be from 1pm – 4pm, refreshments provided. 

 1st Place: Brown/Umland- 3 fish #9.04

 2nd Place: Wegner/Whitacre- 2 fish #6.54

 3rd Place: Dowdy/Boring- 2 fish #5.84

 Big Bass – Johnson/Morrison- #4.83

 Clinton Lake Results 6-22-21





As the weather heats up so does the standings on the BNBC Tuesday & Saturday tournament trails.

BNBC Tuesday Points Tracking 2021

BNBC Saturday Points Tracking 2021





The BNBC Tuesday night tournament Trail took us to Lake Evergreen on 6-15-21. 19 teams participate in the tournament.

1st Place: Russell/Veselak – 5 fish #12.45

2nd Place: Brown/Umland – 2 fish #7.93

3rd Place: Seanson/Swanson- 2 fish #6.67

Big Bass: Brown/Umland- #4.83

Next week – Clinton Lake – West access – Be there!

Lake Evergreen Results 6-15-21Lake Evergreen Fish 6-15-21

Here are the final results of the BNBC bass tournament on Clinton Lake 6/12/21. 10 teams signed up on a hot and humid day.

1st Place: Volz/Gerht – 4 fish #10.70

2nd Place: Ringger/Lucht – 4 fish 9:78

Big Bass: Volz/Gerht – #3.39

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The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Lake Bloomington  on 6-8-21. 15 teams signed up to fish the tournament.

 1st Place: Dowdy/Boring – 3 fish #6.65

 2nd Place: Brown/Umland- 3 fish #5.47

 3rd Place: Morrison/Johnson- 3 #5.09

 Big Bass: Dowdy/Boring #3.90

Lake Bloomington Results 6-8-2021






Clinton Lake Saturday 06-04-21

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took teams to Evergreen lake on a beautiful early summer evening. 17 teams signed up to pursue the bass.

 1st Place: Vanhovlen – 3 fish #7.14

 2nd Place: Merritt/Walker- 2 fish #6.20

 3rd Place: Ringger/Lucht – 2 fish #4.95

 Big Bass: Golden- #3.64

Lake Evergreen Results 6-1-2021

The BNBC SATURDAY tournament series visited Spring Lake on 5-29-21. 11 teams participated in the tournament on a surprisingly chilly day.

1st Place: Thieson/Cassell- 2 fish #7.76

2nd Place: Umland/Carr- 2 fish #6.70

3rd Place: Ghert- 1 fish #4.70

Big Bass: Thieson/Cassell- #4.94

Spring Lake Fish Results 5-29-2021


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The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Lake Bloomington on 5-25-21. There were 19 teams signed up to fish under breezy, threatening skies.

1st Place: Volz/Michael- 3 fish #8.18

2nd Place: Brown/Umland- 3 fish #7.41

3rd Place: Johnson/Morrison- fish- #6.86

Big Bass- Johnson/Morrison-#4.43

Sign up at ramp. Payout at end of tourney at the ramp. Fish either end, and take out and relaunch during the tourney north and south. Weigh in will be at the causeway and must be there at 2pm.

Lake Bloomington 5-25-21

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Evergreen lake 5-18-21.

15 teams participated in the tournament under rainy sky’s and breezy conditions.

1st Place: Vanhovlen/Vanhovlen – 3 fish #8.31

2nd Place: Newcom/Cross – 1 fish #5.17

3rd Place: Estes/Meissen- 2 fish #3.55

Big Bass – Newcom/Cross – #5.17

Lake Evergreen 5-18-21 Lake Evergreen 5-18-21




The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series visited Evergreen lake on 5-4-21. 16 teams participated, and the rain ended just in time for a dry night. Keeper fish were scarce with only 3 brought to the scales!

1st Place: Hendrin/Finck – 1 fish #3.24
2nd Place: Welch/Wallace – 1 fish #2.23
3rd Place: Newcom/Hamilton – 1 fish #1.79
Big Bass – Hendrin/Finck – #3.24
Remember tonight’s meeting @ 8 Westport Court, Bloomington. It is in the building of Hamilton & Sikora, just across from the Moe’s on Rt. 9. Doors open at 6:30 – 8:30 pm.We will also be drawing for the Saturday 5/29 Spring Lake N + S.
Lake Evergreen 5-4-21

On a windy Tuesday evening 23 teams signed up to fish the Lake Bloomington tournament. Fisherman had trouble finding keeper bites on the windy lake, but someone always catches them.

 1st Place: Ringger/Lucht- 4 Fish #10.62

 2nd Place: Cooke/Kale- 2 fish #5.85

 3rd Place: Wegner/Geheber- 2 fish #5.35

 4th Place : Johnson/ Morrison- 2 fish #4.77

 Big Bass: Dowdy/Boring- #4.11

Lake Bloomington Results 4-27-21


Well disappointing turnout for a great lake on Saturday 4-17-21, however teams fishing found quality fish biting! Team of Cassell an Thieson led the way with a worthy contender for big bag of the year  with #18.40! Current big bass of the year goes to team of Volz and Ghert with a nice #5.78!

 1st Place: Cassell/Thiessen- 5 fish #18.40

 2nd Place: Volz/Ghert – 5 fish #14.38

Saturday 4-17-21 Sangcris


 1st Place: Cassell/Thiessen- 5 fish #18.40

Can you say whopper!? Tuesday night tournament at Dawson Lake on 4-13-21 had 19 teams sign up. Results again were very impressive as big bags took the money. Team Gregory showed the way with a very impressive Big Bass #6.87! Nice!

 1st Place Team: Gregory/Gregory- 5 fish #14.08

 2nd Place Team: Golden/Thompson 5 fish #11.11

3rd Place Team: Norris/Peterson4 fish #9.55

 Big Bass Gregory/Gregory: #6.87

Well next week is at Evergreen and hope to see all there! 

Don’t forget to check updated Tuesday schedule on the website as changes after next week from original!

Dawson Lake Results 04-13-21

Tuesday Night 04-13-21 Gregory

Dawson Lake alive and well! How do you like this bag fish #14.08?

Nice fish #6.87!

Here is the updated Tuesday night tournament schedule.

Updated Tuesday 2021 schedule

2021 BNBC Sangcris Tournament announcement

Well the nice weather certainly was enjoyed at the 1st 2021 Tuesday night tournament. 17 teams participated at Dawson Lake. The results were very good as very nice weights were brought to the scales!

 1st Place: Ringger/Lucht- 5 fish #11.28

 2nd Place: Johnson/Morrison-5 fish #10.60

 3rd Place: Dowdy/Boring- 5 fish #9.97

 Big Bass: Umland/Umland  – #5.20

 Congratulations! Hope to see everyone there next week!

4-6-21 Dawson Lake


Here It Is – This is what everyone has been waiting for!!!!

BNBC Meeting Notice 2021





The BNBC will meet on 3-3-21 at 8 Westport Court, Bloomington Illinois. It is in the building of Hamilton & Sikora, just across from the Moe’s on Rt. 9. Doors open at 6:30 – 8:30 pm


Confirm board members for 2021 going forward. Elect a replacement for President/Tourney Director J. Martoglio who passed away in December of 2021.

Treasurer’s report-L. Russell

New Saturday tourney initiatives-L. Russell

Tuesday tourneys-L. Russell

Current board members:

Ron Hafner-Internet

Larry Russell-Treasurer

Pat Welch-Youth

New Business:

Discussion on Tackle Swap for 2021, timing and reasonability of having. Future meeting schedule.

Remember we are still in a pandemic so masks and social distancing will be encouraged. Anyone with interest in becoming a board member or if you have someone that you want to nominate feel free to do so.








Out of respect and dedication Jerry has shown to the BNBC and so many other organizations the BNBC has renamed the Tuesday & Saturday Tournaments in the 2021 season to the 2021 Jerry Martoglio Memorial Schedule.

Jerry W- Banner




Something NEW for 2021 Saturday Tournaments

Something NEW for 2021 Saturday Tournaments

Something NEW for 2021 Saturday Tournaments



Lake Bloomington Marine Sponsor Logo






BNBC Meeting cancellations


In these difficult times with many businesses cutting back or closing altogether the following business listed below decided to support the Bloomington Normal Bass Club so if you are ever in need of any of the products or services provided by them please return the favor and show them your support.

BNBC 2021 Sponsor Logos













BNBC 2020 Tuesday Classic BNBC 2020 Classic Payouts (2)



2021 Annual Tourney Schedule



2020 Award Banquet

2020 Award Banquet Cancellation

November Meeting and Awards banquet for 2020

BN Banquet flyer 2020






2020 Saturday Classic Flyer

The BNBC Tuesday Night year end classic tournament was held on Stephen Forbes Lake on 10-3; 10-4-20. 7 teams signed up to fish and win year end honors. Schedule was the coldest weekend of the year and low water conditions were issues the teams had to deal with.

The awards for the winners will be held on 11-7-20, the 1st Saturday of November at Bandanas, additional details to follow. Year end awards will also be handed out at that time.


1st Place Team: Ringer/Lucht-10 fish – #22.27

2nd Place Team: Merritt/Walker- 8 fish #19.45

3rd Place Team: Vickers/Overocker- 8 fish #14.59

4th Place Team: Gregory/Gregory: 7 fish #14.16

Big Bass Day 1-Merritt/Walker: #4.27

Big Bass Day 2-Ringer/Lucht: #4.45

Big Critter Day 1-Martoglio/Russell: #5.09

Big Critter Day 2-Martoglio/Russell: #.44

2020 Team of the Year-Umland/Brown-887 pts.

2020 Big Bass of the Year-Welch/Wallace-#6.37

2020 Big Bag of the Year-Dowdy/Boring-#17.44

Hope to see everyone at Banque

Tuesday Classic Totals





2020 Tuesday Night Classic Flyer

The final tournament of the year was held on Sangcris Saturday 9-19-20. Fall was in the air with much cooler temperatures, however the fishing was hot!

 1st Place: Martoglio/Russell- 5 fish #11.42

 2nd Place: Sekora/Jongky- 5 fish #10.50

 Big Bass-Martoglio/Russell- #4.05

 Had a great time fishing with everyone! Top ten teams will be posted for the classic soon!

Lake Sangchris 9-19-20




The last BNBC Saturday tournament for 2020, hard to believe, will be on Sangcris Lake on Saturday 9-19-20. Come down and join  in the fun, take off scheduled for 6am, might be a little dark, sign up at the ramp! Last chance to qualify for the classic on Gillespie Lake!

Note to all planning to attend the Tuesday Night and or the Saturday Classic tournaments. Locations are off limits until the start of the tournament, please remember that! Hope to see all there!

The final Tuesday night tournament for 2020 season was last night. Under threatening skies 13 teams participated in the tournament. 

 1st Place: Ringer/Lucht- 4 fish #7.81

 2nd Place: Welch/Wallace- 1 fish #5.32

 3rd Place: Martoglio/Russell- 1 fish #5.01

 Big Bass: Welch/Wallace- #5.32

 Congratulations to the team of the year of Terry Brown and Taylot Umland!

 24 teams have qualified for the classic at Stephen Forbes on 10-3-20; 10-4-20. Hope to see many teams there as it is great time!

Lake Evergreen 9-8-20 Lake Evergreen 9-8-20 Fish

The BNBC meeting for September was held at Lake Evergreen Sam Leman pavilion on 9-2-20. First order of business was the annual watermelon open tourney. Participants sought to catch the most bluegills, crappie or whatever fish in an hour.

1st Place: Martoglio

 2nd Place: Sekora

 3rd Place: Bree

 Winners won watermelons and everyone shared in the winnings!

 Don’t forget to plan to fish final Saturday tournament of the year on Sangcris 9-19-20, take off at 6am sign up at the ramp.

Watermelon 2020)

Once Again Team Matthew Tournament will be held on lake Springfield on Oct 25th. Please download the flyer with the latest information and entry form. http://www.bnbassclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Team-Matthew-2020.pdf

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament on 9-1-20 was on Lake Bloomington. 15 teams signed up for the next to last tournament for the 2020 season.

 1st Place: Brown/Umland 2 fish #6.24

 2nd Place: Mennsen/Estes – 1 fish #4.27

 3rd Place: Volz/Michael – 1 fish – #2.71

 Big Bass- Menssen/Estes- #4.27

The last Tuesday night tournament for 2020 will be on Lake Evergreen on 9-8-20.

 Lake Bloomington 9-1-20




The September BNBC Meeting is on 9-2-20 at 7 pm at the Sam Lemans Pavilion at Lake Evergreen.

Meeting will be the Watermelon Open-Prizes!

Tourney payouts and sign up for Sangcris Lake.







The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Dawson Lake on 8-25-20.

 1st Place: Vickers/Overocker- 5 fish #8.72

 2nd Place: Martoglio/Russell- 4 fish #5.96

3rd Place: Dowdy/Boring-3 fish #5.44

 Big Bass: Dowdy/Boring- #3.51

 2 Tuesday tournaments left, next week Lake Bloomington. 

 Sunday makeup tournament at Lake Taylorville take off 6am.

Dawson Lake 8-25-20

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Lake Evergreen on 8-18-20. 18 teams participated and found the bass not particularly interested!

 1st Place Volz/Eganhouse: 2 fish – #7.86

 2nd Place Andreas: 1 fish #4.00

 3rd Place Gregory/Gregory: 2 fish #3.83

 Big Bass: Andreas – #4.00

 Next week Dawson Lake, see you there!

Lake Evergreen 8-18-20 

The BNBC Saturday schedule took teams to Clinton Lake on 8-15-20. Apparently the winning team has a good handle on Clinton Lake, as it is the same team that won the 1st Clinton Tourney.

1st Place: Sekora/Jongky-4 fish #13.50

 2nd Place: Bree/Bain-1 fish #4.67

 Big Bass: Bree/Bain – #4.67

 Don’t forget the make up Tournament on Lake Taylorville scheduled for 8-30-20, it is a Sunday due to taking an available open date!

Clinton Lake 8-15-20

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Lake Bloomington on 8-11-20. 15 teams signed up to chase the bass. Results were a little low as the fish of keeper size were hard to find. 

 1st Place: Brown/Umland- 2 fish #7.64

 2nd Place: Golden/Golden – 2 fish #5.75

 3rd Place: Gregory/Gregory- 1 fish #4.31

 Big Bass: Brown/Umland- #5.50

 Tournaments are dwindling for teams to get 6 in to qualify for the classic,

only 4 left to go! Next week Evergreen lake is our site come out and sign up!

Lake Bloomington 8-11-20



The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series traveled to Clinton Lake 8-4-20. 14 teams found fishing very slow! Attached photo however is one of the successful anglers!

1st Place: Gregory/Gredory- 2 fish #4.59

2nd Place: Unland/Brown- 1 fish #3.83

3rd Place: Sikora/Sikora- 1 fish #3.59

Big Bass: Umland/Brown- #3.83

Remember club meeting tonight is at Sam Leman pavilion at 7pm at Lake Evergreen.

Clinton Lake 8-4-20 Clinton Lake 1 8-4-20

The 2nd annual Joan Martoglio Charity bass tournament to benefit St. Judes Children was held on Lake Bloomington 9-1-20. Disappointing turn out of only 6 teams to support this worthy charity. Teams were treated to a nice cool soft rain and teams expected this to enhance the bite. As usual this proved true for some of the fishermen in the results posted!1st Place: Ringer/Fecht- 4 fish #16.562nd Place: Martoglio/Russell- 5 fish #15.09Big Bass-Ringer/Fecht- #6.04While the fishing was good, even better is the result that the charity will benefit by a contribution of $1,000.00. Supported by donations from the BNBC and members, Ken Johnson, Keith Ringer and Kyle Fecht who donated their share of the winnings!

Remember Aug meeting is going to be at Lake Evergreen at Sam Leman pavilion at 7 pm.2020 Joan Martoglio Charity


The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Evergreen lake on 7-28-20. The 19 teams found fishing slow for the most part, however someone always seems to figure it out!

 1st Place: Dowdy/Boring – 5 fish #12.61

 2nd Place: Brown/Umland – 3 fish #8.64

 3rd Place: Volz/Michael – 2 fish # 5.0

 Big Bass: Newcom/Yutzy #4.45

 Don’t forget to plan on attending the Joan Martoglio charity tourney on Saturday 8-1-20 at Lake Bloomington. Sign up at ramp boats with over 40hp allowed to idle only. Take off 6am, hope to see you there.

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The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Lake Bloomington on 7-21-20. 16 teams braved the foreboding forecast to fish.

1st Place: Brown/Umland- 4 fish #11.71

2nd Place: Ringer/Lucht- 3 fish #7.55

3rd Place: Martoglio/Russell- 3 fish – #6.17Big Bass: Brown/Umland- #5.02

Lake Bloomington 7-21-20

Fishing was tough on Clinton Lake on Saturday 7-18-20 for the teams fishing.  The 5am early start gave the teams a head start on the sun.

 1st Place: Sikora/Jonghy – 5 fish #15.36

2nd Place: Martoglio/Russell- 4 fish #13.96

Big Bass: Martoglio/Russell- #6.22

7-18-20 Clinton

7-18-20-1 Clinton




The Tuesday Night Tournament rules for 2020 will be amended as follows:

Teams to qualify for the classic previously read-must fish  in 8 tournaments amended to ”must fish in 6 tournaments”.

Team of the year previously read will be best of 12 tournaments, amended to now say “team of the year will be based on best 9 tournaments”.

Use of substitutes in the classic previously read, must fish in 4 Tuesday tournaments, amended to say “ must have fished in 3 tournaments”.

Well for the 3rd week in a row the Tuesday night tournament big bag of the year has been raised. Last night at Evergreen lake 20 teams saw one team weigh in a bag weighing #17.44! Nice work!

1st Place: Dowdy/Boring- 5 fish #17.44

 2nd Place: Umland/Brown- 5 fish #15.00

 3rd Place: Golden/Golden- 5 fish #13.55

 Big Bass: Dowdy/Boring- #5.38

 Reminder that the Saturday tournament will be going out of North Fork access 7-18-20 @ 5am due to construction at  West access!

Evergreen 7-14-20

Evergreen  7-14-20



On 7-11-20 the BNBC fished on Sangcris Lake near Springfield. High water temperatures, some reported at 95+ seemed to affect the bite. Fisherman said early was best. With early stopping of tournaments on power plant lakes of 12pm anglers were glad to get off the water.

1st Place: Bree/Bain-5 fish #14.86

2nd Place: Martoglio/Russell- 5 fish #11.29

 Big Bass- Bree/Bain- # 4.09

Sangcris 7-12-2020




The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series visited Lake Bloomington on 7-7-20. 16 teams braved the hot and humid conditions and were rewarded with good results. 

Big bag of the year set last week at #15.14 was reset a bit higher at #16.56!

Picture of nice smallmouth bass attached as well!

 1st Place: Ringer/Lucht 5 fish – #16.56

 2nd Place: Brown/Umland- 5 fish – #14.59

 3rd Place: Golden/Golden-3 fish – #10.70

 Big Bass: Gehrt # 5.20

 Next Tuesday we will be at Evergreen Lake, New big bag?

 Don’t forget if you wish to fish the Sangcris tourney on Saturday 7-11-20, take off is 5 am, fishing only until noon!

7-7-20 Bloomington 2

 7-7-20 Bloomington

7-7- 20 Bloomington 1

Bloomington-Normal Bass Club

Joan Martoglio Memorial Bass Tournament

benefits St. Jude’s Affiliates clinic Aug 8, 2020

informational flyer  BNBC Charity Event-2020








On 6-30-20 the BNBC Tuesday night tournament series visited Clinton Lake. 16 teams signed up to try their luck. 

 1st Place: Welch/Wallace- 4 fish #15.14

 2nd Place: Carr/Carr- 4 fish #12.66

 3rd Place: Dowdy/Boring-3 fish #7.99

 Bug Bass: Welch/Wallace- #6.37

 Don’t forget that the July meeting is tonight and will be at the Sam Leman pavilion at Evergreen lake at 7pm!

Clinton 6-30-2020





DON’T FORGET HAT THE JULY BNBC meeting will be at the Sam Lemans Pavilion at Comlara Park on Evergreen Lake! Meeting starts at 7pm, and following business report will be tourney payouts for 3 tourneys, and sign up for 2, Sangcris on 7-11-20, and Clinton on 7-18-20.

Hope to see everyone there!

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Dawson Lake on 6-23-20. There were 23 teams that signed up for the tournament, unusual numbers for Dawson Lake. 

 1st Place: Vickers/Overocker- 5 fish #9.25

2nd Place: Golden/Golden- 5 fish #9.01

3rd Place: Bohlmann/Bohlmann – 5 fish #8.91

4th Place: Norris/Bayless- 5 fish #8.59

Big bass: Vickers/Overocker- #3.05

Don’t forget to plan to attend tournament on Saturday at Spring Lake 6-27-20. Sign up at ramp, take off at 6am.

Dawson Lake 6-23-20

Dawson Lake 6-23-20

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Clinton Lake 6-16-2020. 18 teams participated in the tournament, but only 7 teams found keeper bites.

 1st Place: Golden/Golden- 4 fish # 11.74

 2nd Place: Masters/Smith- 3 fish #7.38

 3rd Place: Team Bohlman – 2 fish #6.20

 Big Bass: Golden/Golden #3.76

Clinton Lake 6-16-20






The BNBC visited Banner Marsh (Johnson) on 6-13-20. The fish, keeper size were hard to find.

 1st Place: Martoglio/Russell- 3 fish #11.65

 2nd Place: Gehrt/Shelly- 3 fish #10.87

 Big Bass: Judy/Pawlik- #5.27

 Plan to sign up for Spring Lake 6-27-20, we have ok for both lakes. Take off 6am, sign up at ramp and join the fun!

Banner 6-13-20

Gehrt/Shelly- 3 fish #10.87 Banner 6-13-20

Updated Saturday BNBC 2020 Schedule

6-7-20 Lake Vermillion

6-13-20 Banner Marsh (Johnson) Saturday

6-27-20 Spring Lake (north and South)

7-11-20 Sangchris Lake

7-18-20 Clinton Lake (West) Saturday (Noon Weigh In)

8-1-2020   Joan Martoglio Memorial Tournament-Lake Bloomington

8-15-20 Clinton Lake (West) Saturday (Noon Weigh In)

9-19-20 Sangchris Saturday

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Dawson Lake 6-9-20. Conditions were pretty windy and threat of thunderstorms, thankfully no thunderstorms!

  1st Place: Ringer/Lucht-5 fish #7.93

 2nd Place: Merritt/Walker- 4 fish #7.35

 Big Bass: Merritt/Walker-# 2.71

 Don’t forget to plan on joining us at Banner Marsh (Johnson) Saturday 6-13-20, take off at 6:00!

Dawson 6-9-20




The BNBC finally got in a weekend tournament with a a late rescheduled approval for Lake Vermillion on 6-7-20. Teams found the lake to be tough for catching keeper fish! High recreational boat traffic and humid hot conditions were also contributors to results I’m sure!

1st Place: Martoglio/Russell 2 fish #3.65

2nd Place: Dowdy/Ducasoll 2 fish #3.54

 Big Bass: Judy/Police #3.46

Next tournament is at Banner Marsh (Johnson) on Saturday 6-12-20. Take off 6am sign up at the ramp, see you there!







The 1st BNBC Tuesday night tournament appeared to be an interesting event! 22 teams signed up to chase the bass on Evergreen lake on 6-2-2020. Anglers enjoyed a warm breezy evening on the lake.
Congratulations to Keith Ringer and his wife on winning the 1st event of the year with an impressive 5 fish limit of 13.32#!

1st place: Ringer/Ringer-13.32#

2nd place: Welch/Wallace-7.42#

3rd place: Vickers/Overocker-6.37#

4th place: Cassel/Theison-5.52#

Big Bass: Vickers/Overocker-4.22#

Great to see many people haven’t seen all year and enjoy fishing as well. Next tournament 6-9-2020 Dawson lake.
Replacement weekend tournament will be on Lake Vermillion on 6-7-2020, hope to you there!
June BNBC meeting will be at Evergreen lake Sam Leman pavilion tonight at 7pm!

 Tuesday Evergreen 6-2-20


The BNBC has received approval for a bass fishing tournament on Lake Vermillion on 6-7-2020. We will take sign-ups at meeting on 6-3-2020, as well as at the ramp. Due to the impacts of covid 19 memberships will only be $10 for 2020.

Recognizing the need for safe social distancing, the June BNBC meeting and tourney sign up will be held at the Sam Lemans pavilion at Evergreen Lake, adjacent to the bait shop. Schedule is 7pm~?, please bring protective mask and plan to maintain social distancing at the meeting. We will be signing up for Banner Marsh tourney as of this notice.

Effective 6-2-2020 the BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament schedule will resume on the published schedule. The 1st event of the year will be on Evergreen Lake, normal start time of 5:30pm. The schedule will operate under the state of Illinois guidelines for covid19.

Persons will be required to wear a mask to the weigh in and when around other parties.

Proper Social Distancing will have to be maintained by contestants and anyone else at sign in and weigh in, or around the parking areas.

No large groups congregating together at the event.

I hope to see a few of the old group of participants to kick off the season, and hope that everyone and their families has been and stay safe.




In view of the current crisis we are dealing with, the first 2 Tuesday night tournaments are cancelled.

 4-7-20 and 4-14-20 tournaments are cancelled. 

 We will review the situation and advise of schedule going forward. 

 Hope everyone is safe and doing well in these troubled times!

Due to the current circumstances the meeting on Wed 4/1 will be cancelled. Also the 1st tournament on Sat 4/4 also will be cancelled. The Tournament on 4/26 TBD at a later date. Be Careful & Stay Safe.




Plan to attend and hear our guest speaker at the February 5 meeting. He will talk about fishing, boat electronics and trends in the industry. Terry Brown local fishing tournament director, fishing site manager, and tournament angler will be at the meeting and give a talk and answer questions for persons at the meeting, so plan to attend and hear this knowledgeable person speak.

The 1st BNBC meeting of 2020 will be on 1-8-2020 at Sam Lemans Toyota at 7pm. We are looking forward to another exciting year.

The BNBC 2019 Awards Banquet, sponsored by Sam Lemans Toyota, was held at Bandanas on 11-2-19.

          Saturday tournaments

Team of the year-Martoglio/Russell 

 Big Bass of year-Bree/Maisenbacher

Big Bag of the year-Volz/McDowell

         Tuesday tournaments

Team of the year-Morrison/Johnson

Big Bass of the year-Gregory/Gregory

Big Bag of the year-Welch/Wallace

Harry Warmbier award- K. Ringer

Fred Myers award-Rod Wallace

Jerry Martoglio award- L. Russell

Congratulations to all the awards winners! Great year, great times, and already looking forward to next year! Draft summary schedule will be posted as well to allow pre planning for next year participation.

Next meeting at Sam Lemans Toyota on Wednesday 11-6-19, 7pm.

2020 Annual Tourney Schedule

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The BNBC Saturday trail Classic tournament was held on 10-12-19, 10-13-19 on Banner Marsh lakes Wheel on Saturday and Johnson on Sunday. The qualifying teams found low temperatures and windy conditions to fish in for the tournament. Lake length limits are 18” bass to be kept and all others turned back for this tournament. Day 1 brought a nice catch of 14 fish weighed in at the scales of bass over the 18” length limit. Day 2 found fish more reluctant for the day with only 9 legal fish brought to the scales. The top 4 teams all held their positions as no teams were able to make a move on any of the others.

 Congratulations to team of Steve Volzs and Wes Gehrt with a winning weight of 25.68!

 1st Place Team: Volz/Gehrt-7 fish #25.68

 2nd Place Team: Cassel/Theison-5 fish #18.72

 3rd Place Team: Ringer/Lucht-4 fish #14.39

 4th Place Team: Martoglio/Russell-3 fish #11.86

 Big Bass Day 1-Cassel/Theison- #5.03

 Big Critter Day 1-Bree/Maisenbacher-#18.15

 Big Bass Day 2-Hafner/Hafner-#4.95

 Big Critter Day 2-Bree/Maisenbacher-#12.33

 Again Congratulations to the champions and it was a good time even with the wind and chilly conditions!

 Don’t forget the Awards Banquet on 11-2-19 at Bandanas, 6pm social hour, 6:30ish dinner, awards to follow! Hope to see a great turn out again this year

Saturday Classic 2019 Totals

Bloomington-Normal Awards Banquet flyer 2019


We are going out of Wheel Lake on Day 1 , Saturday and East on Day 2 Sunday! 7:00 AM – 3:00 PM both days






Bloomington-Normal Awards Banquet flyer 2019

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series Classic was held on 9-28-19, 9-29-19 on Otter lake and Waverly lakes. 9 teams participated in the Classic. Fishing was spotty for the teams as 2 teams weighed in limits on day 1 at Otter. Day 2 on Waverly was also spotty as most teams found fishing hard to find. One team however, found the fish completed a charge to the championship! They weighed in a bag that weighed 17.14, great job!

 1st Place team-Vickers/Overocker-10 fish #26.89

 2nd Place team-Merritt/Walker-6fish #18.20

 3rd Place team-Martoglio/Russell-5 fish #14.87

 4th Place team-Gregory/Gregory-5 fish #11.43

 Big bass day 1-Merritt/Walker-#5.45

Big bass day 2-Vickers/Overocker-#6.28

 Big Critter day 1-Martoglio/Russell-#0.29

Big Critter day 2-Martoglio/Russell-#2.68

 Congratulations to Luke and Brian!

 Great time, looking forward to next year already!

Tuesday Classic 9-28-29

Tuesday Classic 2019 Winners



This is the final Saturday Classic field that has indicated that they will be participating in the Classic tournament on 10-12; 10-13-19. If any teams no longer are able to fish the tournament please contact Jerry or Larry to allow canvassing for a replacement team.

BNBC Saturday Saturday Classic Teams 2019A

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to lake Dawson for the final event of 2019, so sad! Fishing was tough for the teams participating.

 1st Place team-Martoglio/Russell- 3 fish #5.23

 2nd Place team-Cooke/Kale- 2 fish #3.20

 Big Bass-Martoglio/Russell- #2.28

 Thanks to all the teams that fished this year, a better group would be hard to find!

Watch the BNBC website and Facebook page for the awards banquet, planned sometime in November.

Dawson Lake 9-17-19

Congratulations to the team of Ken Johnson and Jeff Morrison, their win on 9-10-19 clinched team of the year for them! They were a steady performer and a couple of great guys!

Well, you know who won on Dawson lake on 9-10-19 as most teams found fishing difficult.

 1st Place-Johnson/Morrison 5 fish #8.85

 2nd Place team-Ringger/Lucht 3 fish #4.05

 3rd Place team-Umland/Carr 2 fish #3.34

 Big Bass-Johnson/Morrison #2.59

 Well, sadly next Tuesday 9-16-19 will close the 2019 season. Thank all the teams that have fished this year for making it  a memorable season, and I am already thinking about next year! See you at the classic!

Dawson 9-10-19



Here Is the Tuesday & Saturday Classic Information.

Bloomington 2019 Tues

Bloomington 2019 Sat

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Lake Bloomington on 9-3-19. Fishing was very tough, as few fish were brought to the scales.

 1st Place team-Martoglio/Russell-3 fish #11.69

 2nd Place team-Golden/Golden- 2 fish #6.47

 Big Bass-Martoglio/Russell- #5.94

 Next tournament 9-10-19 at Dawson Lake, take off 5:30 pm. 

Lake Bloomington 9-3-19

Jerry Lake Bloomington 9-3-19

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Evergreen lake on 8-27-19. There were 17 teams that signed up to fish the tournament. Teams found fish scattered out and keepers were hard to locate.

1st Place team-Umland/Carr – 3 fish # 8.68

 2nd Place team-Bree/Maisenbacher – 2 fish # 4.70

 3rd Place team-Vickers/Overocker – 2 fish # 4.62

 Big bass – Umland/Carr – # 3.61

Next week we are at Lake Bloomington, seasons winding down, so come out and join the fun. Take off 5:30 pm.

Lake Evergreen 8-27-19

BNBC Saturday Point Standings and Top 10 Classic Qualifiers

BNBC Saturday Series Standings - Sheet1

 The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Lake Bloomington on 8-20-19, 15 teams participated. Although very good quality of fish were caught, fishing overall was very slow. 

1st Place team: Umland/Ringer-3 fish #8.76

 2nd Place team: Cooke/Kale-1 fish #5.20

 3rd Place team: Welch/Frye-1 fish #4.29

 Big Bass:Umland/Ringer: #5.20

 Lake Bloomington 8-20-19







The BNBC Saturday tournament schedule took us to Sangcris lake near Springfield. Weather was threatening at launch with lightning and rain, some teams delayed their takeoff due to threatening weather. 

 1st Place team: Hafner/Hafner-5 fish #11.95

 2nd Place team: Martoglio/Russell: 5 fish #10.18

Big Bass Hafner/Hafner: #3.53

We will be posting the year end standings and top 10 teams qualified for the classic later this week. We will be following up to confirm teams going to the classic allowing teams below cut line to fill vacancies. 

Sangchris 8-17-19

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Larry W Fish 1





The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Dawson lake on 8-13-19. 10 teams participated in the tournament and found more open water than recently. Fishing was slow for most teams however.

1st Place team: Merritt/Walker-5 fish #7.77

2nd Place team: Johnson/Morrison- 4 fish #5.63

Big bass: Johnson/Morrison-#2.71

Don’t forget to plan to attend the BNBC Saturday tournament at Sangcris on 8-16-19, east ramp, 6am takeoff, signup at the ramp!

Dawson Lake 8-13-19

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Lake Evergreen, and 16 teams participated. Teams found fishing fairly slow throughout the lake, as the results show.

 1st Place team: Bree/Maisenbacher-2 fish #7.66
 2nd Place team: cooke/Kale- 3 fish #7.55
 3rd Place team: Johnson/Morrison- 3 fish #6.56
 Bree/Maisenbacher-Big Bass #5.50
 Don’t forget that the club meeting tonight is at Miller Park lake for the watermelon open starting at 6. Meeting and eating at lakeside at 7.
Lake Evergreen 8-6-19

The BNBC August meeting will be at Miller park at 6 for the Waterman open. Fish 6 to 7, and meeting and eating at 7, make sure to be there!

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Lake Bloomington on 7-30-19. Fishermen must have heard the fish were biting as 19 teams signed up! Weigh in results reflected that the fish were biting.

 1st Place team: Volz/Murray-5 fish #11.90

 2nd Place team: Golden/Golden-5 fish #10.73

 3rd Place team: Umland/Umland-3 fish #9.97

 Big Bass-Umland/Umland-#5.23


The BNBC Saturday tournament schedule supported in part by the Sam Leman outdoor team, took fishermen to Banner Marsh, Bell’s Landing ramp, on Saturday 7-27-19. The 18″ size limit made a difficult challenge for the teams, as keeper size fish were hard to find. The lake had gone down 8″ or more and prevented teams from accessing the large basin to fish.

 1st Place team: Bree/Maisenbacher-2 fish #7.64

 2nd Place team: Martoglio/Russell-1 fish #3.54

 3rd Place team:Johnson/Somodi- 1 fish #3.04

 Big Bass-Bree/Maisenbacher-#4.16

 Next event is 7-30-19 on Lake Bloomington take off 5:30, hope to see everyone there!

 Banner Marsh results 7-27-19Banner Marsh 7-27-19-2 Banner Marsh 7-27-19


On 7-23-19, the BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to beautiful Clinton lake. Weather was delightful with reduced temperatures and a gentle breeze, a welcome break from recent high temperatures. 13 teams showed up to try their luck on the bass. The bass however must have been still recovering from the heat wave, fishing was very difficult for everyone!

 1st Place team: Andreas/Bayless-2 fish #8.0

 2nd Place team: Peterson/Peterson-2 fish #6.21

 3rd Place team: Cooke/Gehrts- 1 fish #3.07

 Big Bass: Andrdas/Bayless- #5.06

 Well next week will be better I am sure on Lake Bloomington!

 Don’t forget to plan to attend the BNBC Saturday tournament on Banner Marsh Shovel ramp in Saturday 7-27-19, 6AM take off!

Clinton 7-23-19

Don’t forget to plan to attend the BNBC Saturday tournament on Banner March (Shovel Launch) sign up at the lake, take off 6am! Still time to reserve your spot in the Classic, so come on down!

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Dawson lake on 7-16-19. There were 14 teams that came out on the warm and sultry evening with unsettled weather forecast in the area. Fishermen found a mixed bag of methods to catch the bass. The fish did bite and results at the weigh in showed that, as most teams weighed in fish. Missing were the big bass, but numbers were good.

 1st Place team-Martoglio/Russell-5fish #8.30

2nd Place team-Morrison/Johnson-5 fish #7.39

3rd Place team-Umland/Carr-5 fish #7.16

Big Bass-Martoglio/Russell-#2.26

Next week back to beautiful Clinton lake, come out and join the fun, west ramp 5:30!

Dawson Lake 7-16-19



The 2nd BNBC Charity Tournament to benefit St. Jude’s was held on Saturday 7-14-19 on Lake Bloomington. Weather was sultry to say the least, and water temperatures in the mid to upper 80′s, and the bass seemed to recognize the need to take it easy in the hot conditions! Fishermen dealt with very warm conditions as well, and found the catching to be a bit of a challenge. The weather must have affected the participation for this very worthwhile charity event, as only 5 hardy teams signed up. The BNBC still contributed $1,000 to the St. Jude’s Affiliate Clinic to support local children in need, and that’s what it is all about!

1st Place Team-Umland/Ringer-2 fish #5.69

2nd Place Team-Golden/Hill-3 fish #5.06

Big Bass-Umland/Ringer-#3.31

St. Jude Tournament 7-14-19

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The 7-27-19 Saturday Tournament Is On Shovel Ramp At Banner Marsh!

The BNBC Tuesday night tournament schedule took us to beautiful Clinton lake on 7-9-19. 14 teams came out to enjoy the warm sultry evening on Clinton lake. The bass were a bit indifferent to most of the teams efforts, however someone always figures them out. Though fishing was tough 1 team did very well.

 1st Place team-Morrison/Johnson-5 fish #14.19

 2nd Place team-Swanson/Swanson-4 fish-#11.79

 3rd Place team-Carr/Carr-3 fish #8.33

 Big bass-Swanson/Swanson-#4.08

 Don’t forget to plan to attend the charity tournament on Lake Bloomington on Sunday 7-14-19. All motors over 40hp allowed at idle only, and no lake permit required. Come out and support this worthwhile group!

Clinton Lake 7-9-19






Tuesday Tournament Standings

BNBC Saturday Series Standings



The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to beautiful lake Evergreen on 7-2-19. 18 teams came out and enjoyed the warm sunny weather for evening event. Apparently the bass had gotten the message and were in a fairly willing mood as numbers of fish were caught both keeper and non keepers.

It was a fun night on the water even though it was a little muggy! Next week we will be on lake Clinton from west access at 5:30pm, come out and join the fun!

1st Place team-Swan/Swanson-5 fish#11.03

2nd Place team-Brooks/Brooks-4 fish #9.46

3rd Place team-Welch/wallace-4 fish #9.0

Big Bass-Welch/Wallace-#4.0

This tournament and our recent tournament on Clinton lake Saturday underlines the need to take care of our catches on these hot summer days. Water temperatures in the the 80′s, confined spaces and long times holding the fish make it important to circulate, and oxygenate the water as much as possible to protect the resources! Don’t forget to plan to fish the 3rd St. Jude’s Charity tournament on 7-14-19 at lake Bloomington!

Evergreen 7-2-19


On 6-29-19 the BNBC Saturday tournament series schedule took us to Lake Clinton for the tournament, 13 teams participated. Weather was forecast to be smoking hot and humid with very little breeze to cool the contestants. Fishing per the contestants comments at the weigh in varied greatly from totally frustrated to reasonably good. The team of Cassel/Theison reported pretty good fishing and had a nice 5 fish bag to win the event. However, other teams of good fisherman had been frustrated in their efforts to catch the bass on the lake, fishing deep and shallow. Clinton lakes 16″ limit contributed to the frustration as reports of normally nice keeper fish over 15″ were sadly not legal in this event. The tournament weigh in was moved up to 1pm due to summer rules for tournaments on this warm water lake to aid in keeping fish healthy by making sure that their time in live wells is minimized to reduce stress on them.

The BNBC Tuesday Night series visits Clinton Lake in a couple of weeks on 7-9-19 and hopefully the results on the evening fishing will be exciting, so plan to attend this event!

1st Place Team-Cassel/Theison-5 fish #15.44
2nd Place Team-Ringer/Lucht-4 fish #13.90
3rd Place Team-Russell/Martoglio-4 fish #11.93
Big Bass-Umland/Morrison-#5.35

Don’t forget to plan to fish the upcoming BNBC St. Judes Charity Tournament on Lake Bloomington 7-14-19, remember unlimited horsepower motors permitted at an idle only condition! $100 entry per team $10 Big Bass optional.

Remember next BNBC Meeting Wednesday 7-3-19 at Sam Lemans Toyota 7pm where we will be signing up early entries for Banner Marsh tourney 7-27-19, and signing up early entries to the St. Jude’s charity tourney as well! Early sign up for the charity tourney gets boat position as signed up, who wants to be #1!?

Clinton Lake 6-29-19 Ron Clinton Lake 6-29-19

 The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to beautiful Lake Bloomington on 6-25-19. 18 teams came out on very windy evening with the threat of storms late. Fishing proved to be slow with regard to keeper size fish. Teams reported small fish, and appeared that there were dry around. However, as is always the case some one seems to be able to find the right pattern and place, and tonight was no exception! The team of Gregory and Gregory weighed in an impressive bag of 4 fish weighing #13.58, anchored by a #6.68 giant!
 1st Place team-Gregory/Gregory – 4 Fish #13.58
 2nd Place team-Peterson/Peterson – 4 fish #10.91
 3rd Place team-Russell/Martoglio – 2 fish #4.19
 Big Bass-Gregory/Gregory/Gregory – #6.68

Attention New Date for BNBC St. Jude charity tourney on Lake Bloomington !!

New Date


The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to beautiful Dawson Lake in Moraine View state park. For the first time this year conditions were delightful, warm, almost no wind, water clear, vegetation thick and plentiful. The bass were a little reluctant to join in on the fun however! Teams found a soft inconsistent bite, dominated by the smaller fish.

 1st Place team-Johnson/Morrison-5 fish #6.58

 2nd Place team-Gregory/Gregory-4 fish #4.58

 Big Bass-Johnson/Morrison-# 1.77

 Next week we will be on Lake Bloomington, so come out and join the fun!

Dawson Lake 6-18-19


The BNBC 1st annual Joan Martoglio Memorial tournament was held on Lake Bloomington on 6-16-19. The teams of fisherman found the bass in a very cooperative mood on Sunday at Lake Bloomington. Teams reported great catch rates, but small sizes predominated the catches, but fun was had by all! This tournament to honor the passing of the wife of local long time BNBC member and fisherman Jerry Martoglio was very entertaining and a great way to show support for Jerry and his families loss, and to benefit a great charity. At the conclusion of the tournament a check for $2500 was given to the St. Jude’s Affiliate Clinics that supports getting children to and from St. Jude hospitals locally. The team winning the tournament showed tremendous character and support for this charity by returning the 1st place monies as a donation! The 2nd place team also returned 1/2 of their winnings to the charity as well, how awesome is that? Spectators at the weigh in also contributed monies for St. Judes, insuring going forward to the next charity tournament on 7-6-19 that they will receive another nice donation, so make plans to attend and support this local worthwhile charity!


Winning team-K. Ringer and S. Ringer (his dad)

2nd Place team-R. Wallace/A. Veselak

McLean County Sheriff’s Local

All of the participants that fished


B. Bandell/T. Bandell

E. Pokarney

D. Wey

J. Maisenbacher

J. Wence

1st Place Team-K. Ringer/S. Ringer-5 fish #12.60 Big Bass-#3.88

2nd Place Team-R. Wallace/A. Veselak-5 fish #10.61

At the conclusion of the tournament a stone was placed on the tree donated by Kickapoo Creek Nursery and planted in north park across from the launch ramp overlooking the lake, where joined by friends and tournament participants and with the family members t was dedicated. I know that she is very pleased with this celebration of life and a display of loving memory to her from her friends and family.

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The BNBC Tuesday Night tournament schedule took anglers to Dawson Lake on 6-11-19. The teams found plenty of vegetation in the lake as the vegetation has spread greatly so far this year. This thick vegetation helped to make the fishery smaller and also more difficult to zone in on the fish as well. However; as we all know some team is going to figure them out and get it done and last night was no exception!

1st Place Team-Merritt/Walker-5 fish #7.45

2nd Place Team-Johnson/Morrison-5 fish #7.39

Big Bass was tied between 2 teams-Wolf/Geerts and Cooke-#2.22

Well back at Dawson again next week.

Don’t forget to plan to attend the Joan Martoglio Memorial tournament on Lake Bloomington on Sunday (fathers day) 6-16-19, 6am – 2pm. Fathers want to fish, so come out and fish and support a great cause!

Also the Clinton Lake tourney will be on 6-29-19 taking off from the West access at 6am, sign up at the ramp, contact Larry or Jerry as soon as possible and get a good take off spot persons doing so will be awarded the position on a “first-come-first served” basis, so do it today! You can pay at the tramp on 6-29-19!

Dawson 6-11-19



We forgot to sign up for the BNBC Saturday tournament on Clinton Lake 6-29-19, take off from the West Access ramp. Fishing from 6am until 2pm, $60 per team, and this is the best chance to beat the big sack of the year weight that was established on Lake Sangcris of #18.42!

Due to overlooking sign up at the club meeting, take off will be established by notification of intent to fish to Jerry Martoglio or Larry Russell.

Hope to see you there!


The BNBC Saturday tournament schedule took us to beautiful Lake Sangcris on Saturday 6-8-19. Weather was nice and the lake provided outstanding fishing for most participants. Fish were caught on several types of baits and patterns. One team set the bar high for big sack of the year however!

 1st Place team-Volz/McDowell-5 fish #18.42

 2nd Place team-Thieson/Cassell-5 fi #15.07

 Big Bass-Johnson/Somodi-#4.81

 Don’t forget to attend the Joan Martoglio memorial tournament on Sunday 6-16-19, sign up at ramp at lake Bloomington, take off 6AM, unlimited hp idle only, no lake permits required, $100 per team.

Sangcris 6-8-19

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Fishing, hot dogs, chips, cookies, watermelon, prizes, how can you beat that for a great day at Miller Park? All of those things were in the mix last evening as the Bloomington-Normal Bass Club held it’s annual youth fishing event at Miller Park. It is the 38th year that the club has supported this initiative in an effort to open the interest of young people to the joy of fishing, and the appreciation of our natural resources. We had 31 young fisher people attend and get involved in our little “tournament” and introduction to the sport. At the conclusion of the fishing portion the club fed fisher people and their parents and or adult that accompanied them to the event. Judging from the reactions and results I think we were successful in getting a few interested in the great sport of fishing! At the conclusion of the picnicking, we gave out prizes to all of the participants and congratulated them on their efforts and results.

Well all I can say is wait until next year!

A big thank you goes out to all of the  club volunteers, past and present, that attended and aided in education and catching of the fish going forward. Several volunteers provided equipment for the attendees that didn’t have rods and reels to participate in the event.

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The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Evergreen lake on Tuesday 6-4-19. The teams found warm temps, good water color, and breezy conditions. 14 teams participated, and judging from the results fishing is picking up finally!

 1st Place team-Welch/Wallace- 5 fish #14.96

 2nd Place team-Bree/Maisenbacher-4 fish  #9.07

 Big Bass-Welch/Wallace- #3.78

 Great job!

 Don’t forget the youth fishing program and cookout on Monday 6-10-19 at 6pm. Fishing for the kids, food after at Miller Park. 

Meeting tonight 6:30 PM at Sam Lemans. Sign up for Sangcris on Saturday 6-8-19.

 Plan to attend Joan Martoglio memorial tournament on 6-16-19 on Lake Bloomington unlimited hp allowed.

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Evergreen winners 6-4-19




The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took us to Dawson Lake on 5-28-19. As has been the case this year teams were faced with breezy and threatening weather conditions. Fishing was not too bad as most teams found the  bass biting better than has been the recent history.

 1st Place team-Gregory/Gregory-5 fish #6.83

 2nd Place team-Martoglo/Russell-5 fish #6.61

 Big Bass-Sharrow/McCullough-#2.91

Don’t forget to plan to attend the Joan Martoglio memorial tournament on 6-16-19 to benefit local cancer charities.

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On 5-26-19 the BNBC St. Jude Charity tournament on Lake Evergreen was held under threatening skies and very windy conditions. 8 teams braved the blustery conditions in an effort to aid St. Jude’s Children’s hospital, and to catch some bass. Water color and temperatures were favorable, and the rain in the forecast also held off, however; this spring’s constant companion for fishing, the wind continued to blow. Teams found fishing very poor and catches were hard to come by, 1 team brought 1 legal sized fish to the scales and claimed all the prizes! This team also shared some of their purse back to the charity.
Sam Lemans helped to sponsor this event as well, and weigh in was done at the Sam Lemans pavilion.

1st Place team-J. Carr and his dad-1 fish #3.50 and Big Bass.

The BNBC will send a check to the St.Jude’s Children’s hospital to support their wonderful work! Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Joan Martoglio memorial tournament on 6-16-19 at Lake Bloomington, unlimited hp idle only over 40hp, sign up at the ramp and help benefit local charities for this great event!

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The BNBC Tuesday night tournament series schedule took teams to Lake Bloomington on 5-20-19. 11 teams came out in the windy and threatening weather to chase the bass. Temperatures were cool and winds were 30 mph or so presenting challenges for the teams. 3 teams defeated the conditions.

 1st Place team – Umland/Carr-3 fish #8.95

 2nd Place team – Ringer/Lucht-3 fish #7.93 Big Bass-#4.94

 3rd Place team – Gregory/Gregory-2 fish #6.50

  Don’t forget the BNBC St. Jude Charity tournament on Saturday 5-25-19 on Evergreen take off from Comlara at 6am, unlimited hp, motors over 10 hp idle only.

Lake Bloomington 5-20-19



Will be the BNBC St Jude tournament. 6:00 – 2:00. We will be taking off from the Comlara park ramp and you can sign up at the ramp.

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The BNBC Tuesday Night tournament series continued on 5-14-19 on Dawson Lake. There were 17 teams that came out to enjoy one of the best nights we have had all year, except at the very end we did have a little drizzle to help accent the weigh in!

1st Place Team Merritt/Walker-5 fish #7.95

 2nd Place Team Golden/Golden- 5 fish # 7.93

 3rd Place Team Landrus/Streenz-5 fish #7.73

 Big Bass-Swanson/Swanson-#4.25

 Next week we will be at Lake Bloomington, hope to see all and more there!

Dawson 5-14-19




The BNBC Tournament schedule took us to Spring Lake o Saturday 5-11-19 and teams found the weather brisk and wet for most of the day. The 18″size limit made catching keeper fish a bit of a challenge as teams found short fish but few keeper bites.

1st Place Team-Bree/Maisenbacher -2 fish #9.19  Big Bass of #5.64

2nd Place Team-GoldenHasty -1 fish #3.33

Next is the Tuesday Night Turney at Dawson Lake on 5-14-19 at 5:30pm.

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The BNBC Tuesday Night tourney schedule took teams to Evergreen Lake on 5-7-19. 9 teams decided to brave the stormy weather and see if they could capture the fish for a win.  Fishing was tough but 4 teams did manage to catch a fish, and 1 team was able to catch 2 fish.

1st Place Team-Cooke/Kale-2 fish #4.61

2nd Place Team-McCullough/Sharrow-1 fish #3.07   and Big Bass

Next week takes the teams to Dawson Lake.

Don’t forget the Spring Lake tourney this Saturday at Spring Lake, sign up at the ramp and join the fun!

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The BNBC Tuesday Night Tourney series continued on Dawson Lake 4-30-19 under very threatening skies.

1st Place Team-Martoglio/Russell-4 fish #5.16 and Big Bass-#1.54

2nd Place Team-Sharrow/McCullough- 4 fish #4.65

The BNBC will be sponsoring several Charity Tournaments this year. Please consider taking the time and add these to your tournament schedule.


BNBC Joan Martoglio Benefit 2019

BNBC Charity Event-2019






The BNBC Tuesday Night tournament series traveled to local Lake Bloomington on 4-22-19, 22 teams signed up to chase the bass around in the lake. Fishing was spotty for most of the teams as the bass weren’t seemingly as excited about participating as were the anglers! However; as is generally the case this trail has some anglers that can figure it out and make a good result for their efforts, and last night was no exception.

1st Place Team-Miller/Adam G.-3 fish #5.80

2nd Place Team-Swanson/Swanson-2 fish #4.82

3rd Place Team-Norris/Norris-2 fish #4.56

1st Tourney for the youngest Norris, Dave’s grandson got his first taste of it, way to go!

4th Place Team-Golden/Golden-1 fish #3.48 (Big Bass)

Next week we are back at Dawson Lake for our Tuesday tournament, hope to see all there!

Remember club meeting on 5-1-19 for signup at Spring Lake tourney.

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The BNBC Saturday Tournament schedule traveled to Sangcris Lake on 4-2-19. Teams found the conditions windy and cool for the start of the tournament with blue bird skies as well. Teams reported fishing to be a little slow, and keepers very scarce in water temperatures form the mid 50′s to the low 60′s. Teams reported catching good numbers of smaller bass during the tournament. However’; as usual someone finds the right formula to catch the bass and this tournament was no exception.

1st Place Team-Volz/McDowell-5 fish #9.46

2nd Place Team-Scott Bree-2 fish #7.26

3rd Place Team-Martoglio/Russell-3 fish #6.56

Big Bass-Scott Bree-#5.35

Don’t forget to attend the next club meeting at Sam Lemans Toyota 5-1-19 at 7pm! We’ll be signing up teams for the 5-11-19 Spring Lake tourney.

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Once again this year the BNBC supports Team Matthew because ”In Illinois, someone dies by suicide every six hours.” Will you help them in their efforts to change that again this year? The Team Matthew Buddy Bass Tournament Out Of The Darkness will be held Oct 20, 2019. Here is a link to download the entry form.  Team Matthew Here is a link for the Team Matthew’s facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/teammatthewspringfieldwalk/. Please be a everyday hero to someone who is in need of a hero.





Well the BNBC Tuesday Night Tourney series is on a roll! 2nd Tourney of the year and weather was delightful and many teams appeared interested in getting their season off to a good start. 17 teams signed up to fish at Dawson Lake on 4-16-19 on a very pleasant evening. Unfortunately however 1 team experienced the dreaded issue with their boat not wanting to perform and so we had only 16 teams tackle the lake. Teams found the fishing much slower than had been experienced the previous week, maybe they were still getting over the recent snow storm? Regardless as is always the case some team is going to excel, and last night was no exception. The team of Gregory and Gregory showed everyone how to do it with a nice limit of #7.36 edging out the weeks previous winner who had #7.10.

1st Place Team-Gregory/Gregory-5 fish #7.36

2nd Place Team-Morrison/Johnson-5 fish #7.10 Big Bass #288

3rd Place Team-Golden/Golden-4 fish #4.11

Good job guys!

Next week we will be at Lake Bloomington for our Tuesday Night tourney, hope to see everyone there again!

Don’t forget on Saturday 4-20-19 the BNBC Saturday series at Sangcris East Ramp take off at 7am. Sign up at the ramp, weather looks pretty good c’mon down~!

Reminder, if you have a friend that you wanted to get to join, now is the time, as through April if you renew or sign up with a new member that wasn’t a member last year you can join for 1 price for both memberships!

Good fishing!





The 2019 Tuesday Night Tournament series kicked off on Dawson Lake on 4-8-19 on a beautiful evening with mild temperatures and gentle breezes. Many teams must have been champing at the bit to begin the season as we had a very good turn out of 14 teams! Teams found the water temps in the high 50′s and lower 60′s, with clarity very  good and conducive to the visibility of their presentations. Fish was fair and there were a good number of teams weighing in bags of fish, larger fish were rare however, but good fish were weighed in, and I believe everyone enjoyed the event  as it was a departure from the desire to actually get out and go fishing.


​1st Place Team: Morrison/Johnson-5 fish #8.10

2nd Place Team: Gregory/Gregory-5 fish #7.74

3rd Place Team: Martoglio/Russell-5 fish #7.11

Big Bass-Wolfe/Geerts-#2.35

Well, great start to the season and hope it continues with good weather going forward! Next week we are ack on Dawson for round 2, 5:30 take off see you there!

Don’t forget if you are interested in fishing these tourneys or the Saturday tourneys, if you sign up with a friend during the month of April and you or your friend weren’t a member last year you can join both for 1 price for the year so come on out.

Also remember the Saturday tourney on Sangcris on the 20th from the east ramp take off at 7am, sign up and join at the ramp!

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The BNBC 2019 schedule opened Saturday 3-30-19 on Spring Lake under cool, windy, and threatening skies. Water temps ran in the low to mid 50′s and water clarity was clear as well. Fish were caught, however; keeper size fish over 18″ were rare, but someone always catches fish, and Spring Lake was no exception. Attached photo of Big Bass of #4.75 caught by team of Golden/Carson.

One of our sponsors Sam Leman’s truck was at the tourney with our club banner displayed on the side.

1st Place Somodi/Johnson- 2 fish @ #7.76

2nd Place Golden/Carson-1 fish @4.75 and big bass.

Hopefully better weather at the next tournament on Sangcris (east ramp) 4-20-19

Hope to see all at the next meeting on 4-3-19 at 7pm at Sam Lemans Toyota, Mike Garthouse local fisheries biologist will speak to the club.

Sam Leman's Truck Big Bass Spring Lake 2019




Don’t forget to sign up for the 1st BNBC fishing tournament on Spring Lake on Saturday 3-30-19! Take off is at 7 am and teams can fish either end of the lake, check in at the ramp and declare your preference, take off will be simultaneous on both lakes.

Members and new teams interested in participating can sign up at the ramp and will be able to BOGO (buy 1 membership and get 1 free) Members bringing a new member, someone that wasn’t a member last year, can also renew 1 and get 1 free! We will run this special through April with memberships and tourney sign ups, so plan on participating and taking advantage of this special offer!


See you at Spring Lake!



Speaker from Interstate Batteries Matt Sutter spoke to the club about their sponsorship of the bass club by giving 10% discount to members buying products at their store. He also spoke about the use of the batteries that we commonly use in our bass boats.

AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) batteries are a bit better than the less expensive and more commonly used flooded acid batteries that most of us use. He indicated that in his estimation, depending on the way you use your deep cycle batteries that most of us would not get “bang for the buck” for the more expensive AGM batteries, however; if you have concerns and want more information on the subject just stop by and talk to them they will be glad to advise you.

Batteries are better served with the use of the new automatic chargers that sense battery conditions and adjust charge rate to maintain them, whereas the manual chargers should be disconnected when charge is complete to reduce chance of damage to your batteries.

I encourage members to stop by and see the guys at Interstate Batteries and talk to them about your needs and even issues with your batteries, they will be glad to help. The also carry batteries for more than just autos and boats, so check them out! We really appreciated Matt taking time to come by and see us to aid in our understanding and use of our batteries!

Don’t forget to pencil in the Spring Lake tourney on 3-30-19, you can sign up and join at the ramp, so hope to see you there!



The BNBC March 6th meeting will have Matt, from Interstate Batteries speak to the club about battery use and maintenance. March 6th meeting will also kick off the tournament season as we will be signing up to the March 30th tournament on Spring Lake! March 6th meeting will also have a special raffle to kick off the new tournament season!

Make a note to attend the meeting on March 6th at Lemans Toyota!






With a heavy heart I must post that Tuesday we lost a dear friend Joan Martoglio. Over the many years of her wonderful life gave unselfishly of herself to many different groups & organizations. Many lives have been forever changed by her love and caring spirit. Visitation will be from 2:00-5:00 p.m. Sunday at Carmody-Flynn Funeral Home Bloomington. Her funeral will be at 10:00 a.m Monday February 25, 2019 at Calvary United Methodist Church in Normal with Rev. Dr. Ray Owens and her niece, Rev. Katie Hines-Shah officiating. Entombment will be in East Lawn Mausoleum, Bloomington.



Great Turnout at last night’s meeting. Thanks again Terry for sharing your wisdom from years of experience on the water to help us not only save money but also be safer. Speaking of safety Jerry Martoglio will once again teaching the Boating Education Classes at the David Davis Lodge 25449 Davis Lodge Rd. Bloomington IL. On March 9th from 8:00 to 4:00. Spots are open but very limited so call him at 309-826-0930 today and reserve your spot TODAY.





fishing guru, Terry Brown, and he will speak on boat maintenance and upkeep, electronics, etc. Remember we are now meeting at the NEW Sam Lemans Toyota Dealership. 1615 Morrissey Dr. Bloomington. Meetings start @ 7:00 PM.


Our February Meeting (6th) We will feature a local fishing guru, Terry Brown, and he will speak on boat maintenance and upkeep, electronics, etc. Remember we are now meeting at the NEW Sam Lemans Toyota Dealership. 1615 Morrissey Dr. Bloomington. Meetings start @ 7:00 PM.






Meeting Wed Jan 2nd at 7:00 in the NEW Sam Lemans Toyota Dealership. 1615 Morrissey Dr. Bloomington. We will have a guest speaker. Dave Blume custom bait painting. He does amazing work. Here is his facebook page. Check out some of his work. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100010898655632

See you there.




At Wed meeting a motion was made, recognised, 2nd and unanimously approved to keep current elected officials for the 2019 season. Change of meeting location will begin Jan 1st. The new location will be held at the NEW Sam Lemans Toyota Dealership. 1615 Morrissey Dr. Bloomington. 61704. 2019 Tues & Sat tournament schedules are posted on the BNBC website. A new button has been added so you can print the schedule. (Print Schedule)



The BNBC Year End Awards Banquet was held at Bandana’s BBQ on 10-27-18. The following list is the 2018 recipients of those awards:

Tuesday Team of the Year-Gregory/Gregory

Tuesday Big Bass of the Year-Martoglio/Russell

Tuesday Classic Winners-Vickers/Overocker

Tuesday Big Bag of the Year-Whitacre/Moreland

Saturday Team of the Year-Martoglio/Russell

Saturday Big Bass of the year-Bree/Maisenbacher

Saturday Big Bag of the Year-Bree Maisenbacher

Saturday Classic Winners-Martoglio/Russell

Harry Warmbier Award-Ken Johnson

Jerry Martoglio Award-Rod Wallace

Freddy Myers Youth Award-Andrew Blunier

I believe and hope everyone enjoyed the food and the evening and currently considering same location and format for 2019, however; that is a long way off! First order of business is to prepare schedules and events for 2019. Charity tourney’s, youth activities, Saturday schedule, Tuesday schedule, new officers, etc.

Well hope everyone enjoys the holidays and is looking forward to 2019 as much as I am!






The BNBC Saturday Classic tournament was held on New Lake Gillespie on 10-13-18, 10-14-18, 6 teams that had qualified participated in the tournament. Leaving from various central Illinois locations teams were surprised, I think, to have it start snowing on Friday as they left for Litchfield! Colder temperatures and rain were the weather as they arrived in Litchfield prior to day 1. Saturday presented a starting temperature of 38 degrees with a brisk wind as they launched for the tourney. New Lake Gillespie has a slot of no fish between 12″ and 15″ are to be kept. Water temps were in the mid to upper 60′s at take off. Fishermen reported mixed success with the fishing but as always someone figures it out, and this day was no exception. The team of Johnson/Somodi brought in 5 fish limit of 11.86 to take over the lead in the tournament. They were followed with 2nd Place team of Martoglio/Russell-#6.04, and 3rd Place team of Merritt/Walker-#4.68.

Day 2 was somewhat warmer but had a threat of rain, teams found fishing a bit slower for the day, but again someone always seems to figure it out, and this was the case here as well. The team of Martoglio/Russell brought in the only 5 fish limit of #12.21, bringing their total for the tournament to #18.25. The day 1 leaders Johnson/Somodi stumbled with no fish, but held on to 2nd place with #11.86. The 3rd place team of Merritt/Walker finished with #9.10.

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Day 1 Big Bass Maisenbacher/Bree-#2.96

Day 2 Big Bass Martoglio/Russell-#3.71

Day 1 Big Critter Merritt/Walker-#1.74

Day 2 Big Critter Merritt/Walker-#1.51


Final standings:

1st Place Martoglio/Russell-#18.25

2nd Place Johnson/Somodi-#11.86

3rd Place Merritt/Walker-#9.10


I personally had a great time at the classic and already looking forward to next year! Hope to see all at the Awards Banquet at Bandanas at 6pm on 10-27-18!










The BNBC Awards Banquet will be held on 10-27-18 at Bandanas restaurant adjacent to Dick’s Sporting Goods in Bloomington Illinois. Reservation is for 6pm, and dinner at 6:30pm, with year end awards and payouts for Tuesday Classic as well as Saturday Classic tournament winners.

Hope to see all there!





The BNBC Tuesday Night Classic tournament was held on Lake Stephen Forbes on 9-29-18, 9-30-18, 11 teams participated. This lake hasn’t been visited by the BNBC for a few years due to the implementation of a slot limit of must release fish from 14″ ~ 18″. The thought process was that this regulation had been in place for 4 years and larger fish would be more accessible and likely due to the allowance to grow without harvesting. The results of the BNBC tourney didn’t support that assumption, as teams found catching a fish over the 18″ slot to be somewhat difficult! Teams also found catching fish in the 12″ ~14″ range to be somewhat difficult as well. This may have been a result of the impact of the pretty severe cold front that occurred on Friday, as well as DNR shocking on Thursday prior to the tourney. Regardless fishing was spotty for the teams, however; someone always figures it out and this tourney was no exception. The team of Overocker/Vickers again showed their prowess on the lake, as they had won the last classic held here, with a bag of #14.43 on the opening day. This limit put them in a commanding position, as the next closest team weighed in #7.89. Day 2 was a beautiful day with warmer temps and reduced winds, but the fish didn’t seem to cooperate on this day as well. The 1st place team weighed 1 fish #1.25 and the 2nd place team also weighed in 1 fish #1.36, which changed the leader board a bit.

1st Place Team-Overocker/Vickers-6 fish – #15.68

2nd Place Team-Morrison/Johnson-5 fish – #14.51

3rd Place Team-Martoglio/Russell-10 fish – #1131

4th Place Team-Bree/Maisenbacher-6 fish – #11.02

Big Bass Day 1-Morrison/Johnson – #5.07
Big Critter Day 1-Morrison Johnson – #6.39

Big Bass Day 2-Gregory/Gregory – #5.75
Big Critter Day 2-Martoglio/Russell – #3.19

I hope everyone had a good time, I know that Martoglio/Russell certainly did and really were happy to see a great turn out for the fall classic. We are already looking forward to next year and what it will bring, don’t forget meeting on Wednesday 10-3-18 at Sam Lemans upstairs in the training room, hope to see people there!
The Saturday Classic is scheduled for 10-13,14 so don’t forget to let us know if people who qualified are coming to New Lake Gillespie near Litchfield!

Tuesday Classic 9-29 & 30 2018

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Remember to notify Jerry Martoglio or Larry Russell if you intend to fish the BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament Classic by 9-24-18! Qualified teams are listed on the posted notice, hope to see a big turnout!


The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament series schedule took us to Evergreen Lake on 9-11-18. The last tournament of 2018 was held on a beautiful evening on the lake. 9 teams participated in the tournament and found fishing generally very slow. The 1st Place team for the year blanked and team chasing them did as well, sealing it for the team of

Gregory/Gregory. Congratulations on fine season!

1st Place Team Swanson/Swanson-2 fish #4.69

2nd Place team of Wolf/Gehrts-1 fish #3.17

Big Bass Wolf/Gehrts-#3.17

It was a great season and I believe most had a good time, hope most teams that qualified sign up for the classic at Stephen Forbes lake near Salem!

Lake Evergreen 9-11-18

Saturday Classic Information

BNBC 2018 Saturday Classic Announcement

 Tuesday Classic Information

BNBC 2018 Tuesday Night Classic Announcement






The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament schedule took us to Lake Bloomington on Tuesday 9-4-18. 13 teams signed up to fish on a very warm and breezy evening. Shorter fishing times, and a slow bite seemed to affect the results for the teams.

1st Place Team Swanson/Swanson -3 fish #7.43

2nd Place team Cooke/Kale-3 fish #6.81

3rd Place team Brooks/Brooks-2 fish #6.11 and Big Bass of #3.76

Next weeks tournament will close the 2018 Tuesday tournament, has been a fun season.

Lake Bloomington 9-4-18








The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament series continued on Dawson Lake on Tuesday 8-28-18. 12 teams fished on a hot, humid breezy evening on Dawson Lake. Fishing was tougher than usual, and over 15″ fish were hard to find for most teams. However, someone always finds the answer and this night was no different with 1 team having a 5 fish limit.

1st Place Team Overocker/Vickers-5 fish #6.33

2nd Place team of Martoglio/Russell-4 fish #5.15

3rd Place team of Modine/Modine-2 fish #4.18 and Big Bass #2.15

Season winding down, next week at Lake Bloomington, hope to see everyone there!

Dawson Lake 8-28-18




The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament series schedule took us to Evergreen Lake on 8-21-18. 14 teams found much lower water conditions than was on our last visit. Fishing was spotty, possibly due in part to a shorter fishing time due to shorter days.
1st Place Team and big bass-Merritt/Vickers 3 fish #8.50 Big Bass-4.25

2nd Place team Vickers/Overocker (tie) – 3 fish #7.04

2nd Place team of-Martoglio/Russell (tie)- 3 fish #7.04

Team of the year race heating up!

Classic berths need to be filled in and time is running out, so come join in for the last few tournaments of the year!

Lake Evergreen 8-21-18




The BNBC weekend tournament series continued on Dawson Lake replacing the Havana event on the schedule. Again this year water levels created an unacceptable condition for the bass club to hold an event there this year.

Saturday 8-18-18 the conditions were cool and foggy for the contestants on Dawson Lake. Fishing was spotty and limits were not plentiful, but good fish were caught.

1st Place Team-Martoglio/Russell-5 fish #7.61

2nd Place Team-Bree/Maisenbacher-5 fish #7.31

Big Bass-Sharrow/Dubois-#3.23

Dawson Lake 8-18-18


The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament series schedule took us to Lake Bloomington on Tuesday 8-14-18. A large turn out of teams, 20, found keepers elusive.

Quantity was missing, however; quality was not with several #3+ fish weighed in.

1st Place Team Menssen/Estes-3 fish #10.69

2nd Place team of-Martoglio/Russell-2 fish #7.38

3rd Place team of-Brown/Umland-2 fish #6.61

Big Bass-Martoglio/Russell #5.63

Hope big turnout at next tourney as we’ll!

Don’t forget the BNBC tournament for Illinois River Havana is moved to Dawson Lake this Saturday starting at 6am.

Lake Bloomington 8-14-18

Due extreme low water and the resulting need to travel long distances to fish on the Illinois River.  The previously announced location of Havana has been changed to Dawson Lake on 8-18-18, start time 6am until 2pm.



On Tuesday 8-7-18, the BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament schedule took us to Clinton Lake. 10 teams signed up to fish on what had been a threatening weather forecast. The weather forecast was wrong and fishing weather conditions were good. Teams found catching keeper bass a bit more difficult, however quality fish were weighed in. Welcome to a new member team as they finished 2nd, nice welcome from members!

1st Place Team Welch/Rucker-2 fish #6.85 and Big Bass-#4.34

2nd Place team of Modine/Modine-2 fish #6.46

Next tournament on Lake Bloomington 8-14-18, until then good luck fishing!

Clinton Lake 8-7-18



The BNBC Tuesday Night tournament series continued at Evergreen Lake on 7-31-18 on a dark and threatening sky. Still 11 teams braved the potentially unstable weather conditions and signed up to catch the most fish. Weather turned out to be a non factor as it cleared up and was a very pleasant evening. Teams found various fishing conditions and brought in decent bags to win the tournament.

1st Place Team-Gregory/Gregory-4 fish #10.68

2nd Place Team-Overocker/Vickers-4 fish #9.60

3rd Place TEam-Golden/Golden-2 fish #7.37 and Big Bass of #3.93

Next on the schedule is the Watermelon Open BNBC regular meeting at Miller Park tonight at 6;30pm.

Next BNBC Tuesday Night tournament is at Clinton Lake West Access on 8-7-18, at 5:30pm, hope to see all there!

Lake Evergreen 7-31-18







The BNBC Weekend tournament series visited Dawson Lake in Moraine View State Park on Saturday 7-28-18. The fisherman found cooler temps and clear skies to begin the tournament and fishing generally tough. Fish were caught on frogs, and senkos, plastic drop baits, and scattered fish.

1st Place Team-Maisenbacher/Bree-5 fish #9.58 and Big Bass #3.59

2nd Place Team-Martoglio/Russell-5 fish #8.48

Next BNBC tourney is at Havana on 8-18-18, and next meeting is Wednesday 8-1-18 at Miller Park for the Watermelon Open so make plans to attend!

Dawson Lake 7-28-18



There is an upcoming tournament on August 26 that supports a cause that has impacted so many people in so many different ways – many we see & work with every day. Please reach out to everyone you know and help.

Team Matthew Tournament






The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament series continued on Clinton Lake on 7-24-18. 12 teams participated on a warm breezy evening of fishing. All teams found fishing difficult for the bass, however, someone always finds a way! This night it was a Ringer, that found the key and capitalized on it to win!

1st Place-Ringer (no partner)-3 fish #8.20

2nd Place Team-Gregory/Gregory-2 fish #5.89

3rd Place Team-Welch/Stalzer-1 fish #4.95 and Big Bass

Join the fun next week on Evergreen Lake, hope to see everyone there!

Clinton Lake 7-24-18






The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament Series continued the schedule at Lake Bloomington on 7-17-18. 15 teams joined in an effort to catch the most fish in the tournament. While fishing was not great, still enough fish were caught in the tournament to make it interesting. Some nice small mouth fish were caught in the tournament as well.

1st Place Team-Swanson/Swanson-4 fish #10.20

2nd Place Team-Umland/McKinsey-3 fish #7.66

3rd Place Team-Golden/Thompson-4 fish #7.32

Big Bass-Martoglio/Russell-#4.55

The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament series will be at Clinton Lake on

7-24-18, hope to see you there!

Lake Bloomington 7-17-18


We are taking the BNBC meeting on the road next month at a different time & Location. Here is the information. See You There.

BNBC Watermelon Open 2018


The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament series continued on Clinton Lake last night 7-10-18. 8 teams participated on a warm breezy evening. Teams found fishing very tough for the tournament.

1st Place Team-Martoglio/Russell-2 fish #6.55

2nd Place Team-Andreas/Geerts-1 fish #4.45 and Big Bass.

Meeting tonight at Sam Leman’s, sign up for next tournament at Dawson Lake.




Meeting tonight at Sam Lemans at 7pm, Awards & sign up for the next tournament on Dawson Lake 7-28-18!



Reminder that that is not going to be a tournament next Tuesday 7-3-18. The next BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament will be on 7-10-18 @ Clinton Lake from West Access!

The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament schedule took us to Evergreen Lake on 6-26-18. 12 teams signed up to fish under threatening sky’s and windy conditions. Fortunately the heavy weather didn’t develop and some teams found good fishing.

1st Place Team-Whitacre/Moreland 5 fish #14.42

2nd Place team-Umland/Brown 5 fish #13.46

3rd Place team-Golden/Golden 2 fish #6.91

Big Bass-Golden/Golden-#4.48

Remember next week the Tuesday Night Tournament series will not fish to allow persons to prepare for holiday of 4th of July!

Also club meeting will also move back from 7-4-18 to 7-11-18.

Hope everyone and their families enjoy a wonderful holiday celebrating our freedom!



The BNBC Weekend Tournament schedule took us to Clinton Lake on Saturday 6-23-18. 8 teams participated in the tournament and found fishing generally good. Average weight for a fish caught was #4! A great bag was the winner with a weight of almost #20! Frog and plastic appeared to be the best pattern for the day.

Congratulation to Scott Bree and Jaime Maisenbacher with #19,92!

1st Place-5 fish #19.92 and Big Bass of #5.22

2nd Place-5 fish #18.78

Not bad for a lake close to us and congrats to the winners!

Don’t forget to plan for the BNBC charity tourney on Lake Evergreen on 7-7-18. Big Bass weigh in 4 times and great prize packs and overall big bass cash payout, so come out join the fun for a great cause!

Maisenbacher & Bree with a large bag

Maisenbacher & Bree with a large bag


Clinton Lake Results 6-23-18

Clinton Lake Results 6-23-18

The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament series continued on Dawson Lake at Morraine View state park on Tuesday 6-19-18. 10 hardy teams participated in the tournament despite threatening weather forecasts in the area. Teams experienced a little period of concern with the weather when a thunderstorm burst on them for a brief period of time. Some teams appeared to forget their rain gear and took shelter near the snack bar!

Good weights were again the norm for the tournament as fishing was very entertaining for the participants.

1st Place Team-Vickers/Overocker-5 fish#8.68  Big Bass-#2.47

2nd Place Team-Morrison/Johnson-5 fish#8.52

Congratulations to the winners!

The series continues next week at Evergreen Lake, so hope to see everyone there!

Dawson Lake 6-19-18



Bloomington-Normal Bass Club Big Bass Tournament to benefit St. Jude’s
Children’s Hospital
Sponsored by: Wired to Fish, Umlands Natural Foods, Bedford Sales Interstate Batteries, BNBC

Date: 7-7-18
Place: Lake Evergreen
Cost: $100 per team (2 people)
Take Off: 6am
Weigh In: 2pm
Payout: 70% to Charity; 30% to fisherman + prizes.

Rules & more Information at Link Below.

BNBC Charity Event-2018-E





22 teams showed up at Lake Bloomington last night for the Tuesday Night Tournament. A variety of results showed the lake was apparently over the spawn as better quality fish were seen. Good bags were brought in, and a fair number of teams weighed in fish. As always some teams excelled, and last night was no exception.

1st Place team-Wegman/Sauder-5 fish #10.02

2nd Place Team-Rinngger/Fecht 5 fish#9.97

3rd Place Team-Kimone/Hoselton-5 fish #9.67

4th Place Team-Menssen/Estes-#9.02

Big Bass-Whitacre/Moreland #4.70

Great turnout and tournament!

Lake Bloomington 6-12-18


On Monday 6-11-18 The annual BNBC Youth Fishing and cookout at Miller Park took place. Under somewhat threatening sky’s 23 young anglers and parents, friends, brothers and sisters, eagerly strove to catch the most fish. A great time was shared by the fisher people, parents, the spectators, and the volunteers. After the fishing the contestants and everyone else shared hot dogs and chips and drinks at the cookout. Prizes for all the participants were awarded for most fish, biggest fish, etc.

It was a great time and fun to see all the people having a good time.

Thanks to the McLean County Sportsman and all the BNBC volunteers that helped out. Plan to attend the event next year, it’s a lot of fun and very rewarding to see young people enjoy our natural resources!

Kids Fishing 2018





June 11th (This Monday) once again is your chance to help a child catch their 1st fish and maybe start a fire that will change their life. The kids fishing contest at Miller Park. Please be there by 5:30 to help out. Fishing starts at 6:00. Bring a pair of pliers, rag for your hands and an open heart. As always a delicious meal will be provided. See ya all Monday.




The BNBC visited Dawson Lake on Tuesday 6-5-18 as the Tuesday night tournament trail continued. 16 teams signed up to fish the tournament, and as usual found the fishing to be pretty good. There were 3 5 fish limits, and 4 4 fish bags weighed in at the end of the fishing time. Teams started out in warm weather, and finished in significantly cooler and breezier conditions!

1st Place Team-Gregory/Gregory – 5 fish #8,45

2nd Place Team- Blunier/Blunier- 5 fish #7.96

3rd Place Team- Golden/Golden- 5 fish #7.76

Big Bass-Morrison/Johnson-#2.58

Meeting tonight at Sam Lemans at 7pm, come out and sign up for the next tournament on Clinton Lake 6-23-18!

Next Tuesday Night tournament is on Lake Bloomington, hope to see you there!

Dawson Lake 6-5-18



Remember Meeting Tomorrow night 7:00 PM Sam Leman’s Dodge. Awards & sign up for Saturday June 23 tournament on Clinton Lake (West Access)





6:00 PM Monday (Tomorrow) is the Kids Fishing program at the Miller Park Pavilion. We will be going over water safety, knots, and baits. Anyone available & interested in helping out please be there by 5:30 PM or so. Thanks for your help.




The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament series continued on Lake Evergreen on 5-29-18. 13 teams fished the tournament and generally found improved fishing than has been previously.

1st Place Team-Andreas/Gerhts-5 fish #11.4. Big Bass-#3.20

2nd Place team-Golden/Golden-5 fish #12.43 dead fish penalty #1.0 final weight 11.43

3rd Place team-Blunier/Blunier-4 fish #8.67

Lake Evergreen 5-29-18



The BNBC Charity Tournament on Lake Bloomington was held on Saturday 5-26-18, with 12 teams participating. Fishing was improved for the participants and weather was also cooperative, although it did get pretty warm! The 1st Place team had 4 fish weighing in at #8.28, and the 2nd place team weighed in 3 fish #7.45 with the big bass for the tourney at #3.98.

The club presented the St. Jude representative with a check for $1,000.00 which will be spent locally to aid needy persons transportation to and from the St. Jude hospital for services.

1st Place Team-Whalen/Volz-4 fish #8.28

2nd Place Team-Golden/Thompson-3 fish #7.45 and BB of #3.98

Watch the website for the next charity tourney on Everbloom Lake on 7-7-18, which will be a big bass format! Thank you to all the teams that participated in this very worth while and rewarding tournament!

Jerry & Oliver AppsSt Jude Bloom 12

St Jude Bloom 5

BNBC St Jude Bloomington 2018




The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament series continued on Dawson Lake 5-22-18. All 13 teams found fishing good to excellent! A total of 8 teams had their limits of bass.

1st Place Team-Morrison/Johnson-5 fish #11.05

2nd Place Team-Hosolton/Colmone-5 fish #10.72 and big Bass-#5.14

3rd Place Team-Golden/Golden-5 fish #10.07

Great time and good to see fishing much better! Still time for teams to make the classic, so get your partner and join the fun!

Don’t forget to plan for the BNBC charity tourney on Saturday 5-26-18 On Lake Bloomington, to support a great cause! Unlimited hp and waving lake license requirements for the event.

Dawson Lake 5-22-18




The BNBC Tuesday Night tournament series held a tournament on Lake Bloomington last night, and 15 teams came out to chase the bass on the lake. Conditions were more favorable than they have been with water temps much higher and air temps much more tolerable as well. The bass were still difficult for some of the field, however: someone always figures them out and last night was no exception. The team of Gregory and Gregory lapped the field with their catch!

1st PLACE AND BIG BASS-Gregory/Gregory-4 fish #12.16 and Big Bass of #5.59

2nd Place-Little/Elias-2 fish #4.38

3rd Place-Andreas/Bayless-2 fish #3.68

Fishing is improving so come on out and join the fun!

Lake Bloomington 5-15-18




The BNBC Coffeen Lake tournament on 5-12-18 near Hillsboro. Conditions were great and fishing was outstanding! All teams weighed limits and caught large numbers of bass.

1st Place-Umland/Umland-5 fish #14.82

2nd Place-Bree/Maisenbacher-5 fish #13.42

Big bass–Blunier/Blunier #4.21

Patterson varied, buzz baits, horny toads, jigs, plastics, great time!

Congratulations to the winners!

Coffeen 5-12-18 (1)





Remember BNBC Sat. Tournament at Coffeen Lake (South Ramp) this Sat. 6:00 – 2:00. Current Members can sign up at the ramp 1/2 hour before takeoff.



The BNBC Tuesday Night Tournament series traveled to Dawson Lake today on a finally warm and favorable weather day. The weigh in validated it as well, as we had the best weigh in of the year with 11 teams competing for the win. Best weigh in result for the year so far and almost all teams had good results with catching several fish, many small however.

1st Place Team-Morrison/Johnson-5 fish #9.56

2nd Place Team-Sharrow/McCullough- 5 fish #9.43

3rd Place Team- Vickers/Merritt- 5 fish # 8.71 and Big Bass #2.93

Well next week we will be at Lake Bloomington, and likely more of the same kind of success with much improved weather so come out and join the fun! Until then good fishing!

Dawson Lake 5-8-18


Remember the May 26th BNBC St. Jude Tournament On Lake Bloomington.
No lake permit required for this tournament. Here is a link.


We are looking for Business who are willing to partner with us and help a GREAT cause.
Remember – Its for the kids who might not ever have a chance to catch a fish without your help. Please contact;

Jerry Martoglio 309-826-0930
Larry Russell – biglar1@msn.com

The BNBC Tuesday Night tournament series continued last night on a very warm and windy night on Evergreen Lake. Anticipation for a good tournament was high with the advent of warmer conditions, however the fish had other ideas! Nine teams braved the windy conditions and attempted to catch the winning bag to claim the 1st place prize, most were disappointed again!

 1st Place team-Morrison/Johnson-1 bass #2.63; Big Bass-#2.63 $315.00
 Once again 1 fish claimed all the prizes, 1st time in my experience that has happened in the same year, wow!
 Well, back at them next week, hoping warm conditions continue and wind eases a bit, c’mon out and take advantage of it.
 Club Meeting tonight at Sam Lemans upstairs, hope to see you there!
 Good fishing to all!

Here is a link to the May 26 BNBC St. Jude Tournament On Lake Bloomington.

BNBC Charity Event-2018



The BNBC tournament series moved to Sangcris for it’s 2nd tournament of the season on Saturday 4-21-18. Fishing was much better than the 1st tournament on Spring Lake as the weather was a bit more tolerable, and water temps were much higher.

1st Place team of Umland/Kirkton-5 fish for #14.67 – Big Bass-#4.12

2nd Place team of Wegman/Sauder- 5 fish for #10.87

3rd Place team of Hafner/Hafner-3 fish for #8.13

4th Place team of Martoglio/Russell-3 fish for #7.96

Still time to get in the mix for team of the year and qualifying for the Classic, so come on out and join the fun, it may even warm up!

Sangchris 4-21-18

11 boats and teams showed up to fish lake Bloomington on 4-17-18 on a cold and breezy evening. Water temps were in the mid 40′s up to around 50 degrees and the fish were not excited to participate. The team that last week was the only team to blank on Dawson Lake rebounded this week.

 1st Place-Big Bass-Martoglio/Russell-1 fish #1.56 $330.00; BB-$55
 Only 1 fish weighed in, unbelievable, but it has to get better, see everyone on Dawson Lake next Tuesday 4-24-18.
Don’t forget club tourney on Saturday 4-21-18 on Lake Sangcris,, take off from hot ditch ramp (Strawkus) Rampat 6:30!
Bloomington 4-17-18



The BNBC 2018 Tuesday Night Tourney schedule opened on 4-10-18 to a very chilly outside temps and low water temps as well. Turnout was a little lower than normal for Dawson Lake, but as usual someone figures them out, and last night was no exception. 6 teams braved the chilly conditions in pursuit of team of the year.

1st Place with 4 fish weighing on at #5.71 was the team of Sharrow/McCullough-$108.00

Big Bass-Umland/McKenzy with a fish of #2.47  $102.00

Next tournament is on Lake Bloomington on 4-17-18, take off at 5:30pm, hope to have better conditions, see you there!

Tuesday 4-10-19



The BNBC meeting on 4-4-18 at Sam Lemans was very moving for the membership as our speaker came to address the club related to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Jamey Apps, and her son Oliver aged 8 years, came and spoke to the club expressing the great work that the hospital does. Her son, Oliver, was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2016 and was admitted to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis right away and began treatment. All this was done without cost to her and her family to treat the illness and make Oliver better. Oliver spoke to the members and told of how that had begun and how it was being done, all very moving to the group for such a young person.  Upon the completion of their presentation the BNBC awarded Oliver a rod and reel combo, a tackle box, and some tackle and a fishing hat signed by Denny Brauer to him, he was very happy to get these things.

Jamey Apps is going to be present at the BNBC charity tournament on Lake Bloomington on 5-26-18 to present prizes to the winning teams and to receive the check from the clubs charity tournament collection. A flier for sign up at this tournament was presented to the members present for review and was accepted as drafted and will be printed and made available soon upon confirmation of allowing unlimited horsepower boats to participate. An exemption is being sought from the city management to allow motors over 40hp to idol only during this event. The event will be a team tournament as well.

Mark the date and plan to attend to aid in this very worthy cause and help out someone who can certainly use it!Jamey Appes






The BNBC 2018 tourney opener was held on Spring Lake on 3-31-18, to kick off the 2018 schedule. This year tourneys are being scheduled on Saturdays to aid in tournament approvals with the targeted lakes, and to reduce conflicts with Sunday cluttered tournament schedules.

Seven hardy and optimistic teams showed up for the 1st tournament of the year on a windy, chilly, and threat of rain day. Take off was dry and wind wasn’t too heavy for start of the tournament, temps in the upper 30′s. Water temps at take off ranged around the low 40′s to the mid 40s, and was basically pretty clear. Fishing was slow for all the teams, but as is usually the case someone always figures it out, and this tournament was no exception. The team of Martoglio and Russell brought in a nice bag of 4 fish to win the event, and the team of the Umland brothers was 2nd.

1st Place-Martoglio/Russell-4 fish, #14.94 and BB of #4.87

2nd Place-Umland/Umland-3 fish, #9.66

This puts the team of Martoglio/Russell in 1s place for team of the year with the next tournament on Sangcris on 4-21-18 sign up at the meeting on 4-4-18 at Sam Lemans upstairs in the training room. Speaker at the meeting is from St. Jude’s Children’s hospital, so come out and sign up and get some great information on this wonderful charity. It is also a great time to get the 2018 membership taken care of prior to the tourney on 4-21-18.

Happy Easter to everyone and hope to see you at next meeting or next tournament, hope you’re catching them!

Remember To Purchase A New License For 2018

Spring Lake 03-31-18