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Annual Black Oak Fishing Contest 1991 - Current Year Results

If a challenge inspires the sporting side of your personality, take a look at the lunkers Black Oak Resort guests have landed in the last 16 years. Here are just a few: a 5-pound white bass, an 8 1/2-pound largemouth bass, a 7 1/2-pound rainbow trout, and an 11.6-pound walleye. Here we list the men, women and youth whose catches were the best of a season among our guests. At a glance, you can see how they did it -- what lure they used and on what date.

Winners have earned the privilege of showing off their catches. If you're listed below, please send a photo to add! Include your name, hometown, state, your "stats," and your winning year.

Browse winners by:


Winners by Type of Fish
Click on fish weight to find out "How'd they do that?!"

Largemouth Bass  
2010: 5 lbs 1 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2009: 3 lbs 2 oz Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2008: 4 lbs Fish Fish Fish Fish
2007: 4 lbs 12 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Three quarter pound fish
2006: 5 lbs 4 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2005: 5 lbs 3 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2004: 4 lbs 4 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2003: 4lbs Fish Fish Fish Fish
2002: 3 lbs 4 oz Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2001: 4 lbs 3 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2000: 4 lbs 10 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Three quarter pound fish

1999: 4 lbs 5 oz

Fish Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
1998: 3 lbs 13 oz Fish Fish Fish Three quarter pound fish
1997: 4 lbs 3 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1996: 4 lbs 2 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1995: 6 lbs 3 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1994: 4 lbs 2 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1993: 6 lbs 3 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1992: 8 lbs 8 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
1991: 7 lbs Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish

 

Smallmouth Bass  
2010: 2 lbs 8 oz Fish Fish half pound fish
2009: 3 lbs 7 oz Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
2008: 3 lbs 9 oz Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
2007: 3 lbs 15 oz Fish Fish Fish Three quarter pound fish
2006: 4 lbs 2 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2005: 3 lbs 8 oz Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
2004: 4 lbs 3 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2003: 3 lbs 8 oz Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
2002: 3 lbs 7 oz Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
2001: 3 lbs 5 oz Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
2000: 3 lbs 2 oz Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish

1999: 3 lbs 11 oz

Fish Fish Fish Three quarter pound fish
1998: 3 lbs 3 oz Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1997: 3 lbs 14 oz Fish Fish Fish Three quarter pound fish
1996: 3 lbs 4 oz Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1995: 3 lbs 14 oz Fish Fish Fish Three quarter pound fish
1994: 3 lbs 15 oz Fish Fish Fish Three quarter pound fish
1993: 3 lbs Fish Fish Fish
1992: 3 lbs 13 oz Fish Fish Fish Three quarter pound fish
1991: 3 lbs 9 oz Fish Fish Fish half pound fish

 

Kentucky Bass  
2010: 3 lbs 1 oz Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2009: 3 lbs 6 oz Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
2008: 2 lbs 4 oz Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2007: 2 lbs Fish Fish
2006: 3 lbs Fish Fish Fish
2005: 2 lbs 3 oz Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2004: 3 lbs 7 oz Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
2002: 2 lbs 7 oz Fish Fish half pound fish
2001: 2 lbs 11 oz Fish Fish Three quarter pound fish
2000: 3 lbs 7 oz Fish Fish Fish half pound fish

1999: 3 lbs

Fish Fish Fish
1998: 3 lbs 3 oz Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1997: 2 lbs 14 oz Fish Fish Three quarter pound fish
1996: 3 lbs 11 oz Fish Fish Fish Three quarter pound fish
1995: 3 lbs 10 oz Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
1994: 3 lbs 5 oz Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1993: 2 lbs 14 oz Fish Fish Three quarter pound fish
1992: 4 lbs Fish Fish Fish Fish
1991: 3 lbs 8oz Fish Fish Fish half pound fish

 

White Bass  
2009: 3 lbs 5 oz Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2008: 3 lbs 6 oz Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
2007: 3 lbs 5 oz Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2006: 3 lbs 5 oz Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2005: 3 lbs 4 oz Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2004: 2 lbs 7 oz Fish Fish half pound fish
2003: 4 lbs 5 oz FishFish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2002: 3 lbs 5 oz Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2001: 2 lbs 11 oz Fish Fish Three quarter pound fish
2000: 3 lbs 2 oz Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish

1999: 3 lbs 5 oz

Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1998: 3 lbs 5 oz Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1997: 3 lbs 2 oz Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1996: 3 lbs 9 oz Fish Fish Fish Three quarter pound fish
1995: 5 lbs 1 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1994: 4 lbs 5 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1993: 4 lbs 1 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1992: 4 lbs Fish Fish Fish Fish
1991: 4 lbs Fish Fish Fish Fish

 

Crappie  
2010: 2 lbs Fish Fish
2009: 2 lbs 3 oz Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2007: 1 lbs 14 oz Fish Three quarter pound fish
2006: 2 lbs 1 oz Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2005: 1 lbs 8 oz Fish half pound fish
2004: 1 lbs 6 oz Fish half pound fish
2003: 2 lbs Fish Fish
2001: 1 lb 13 oz Fish Three quarter pound fish
2000: 2 lbs 5 oz Fish Fish half pound fish

1999: 2 lbs

Fish Fish
1998: 2 lbs 3 oz Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1997: 2 lbs 2 oz Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1996: 2 lbs Fish Fish
1995: 1 lb 14 oz Fish Three quarter pound fish
1994: 2 lbs 2 oz Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1993: 2 lbs Fish Fish
1992: 2 lbs 7 oz Fish Fish half pound fish
1991: 2 lbs 6 oz Fish Fish half pound fish

 

Walleye  
2010: 5 lbs 5 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
2009: 4 lbs Fish Fish Fish Fish
2008: 8 lbs 7 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
2007: 4 lbs 12 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Three quarter pound fish
2006: 5 lbs 7 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
2005: 5 lbs 7 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
2004: 5 lbs 7 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
2003: 4 lbs 8 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
2002: 6 lbs 5 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2001: 8 lbs 3 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2000: 11 lbs 10 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish FishFish Fish Fish Fish FishFish half pound fish

1999: 5 lbs 14 oz

Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Three quarter pound fish
1998: 7 lbs 8 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish FishFish Fish half pound fish
1997: 6 lbs 6 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1996: 7 lbs 5 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish FishFish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1995: 7 lbs 4 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish FishFish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1994: 5 lbs 9 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
1993: 6 lbs 3 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1992: 10 lbs 8 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish FishFish Fish Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
1991: 6 lbs 14 oz

Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Three quarter pound fish

 

Catfish  
2010: 4 lbs Fish Fish Fish Fish
2006: 5 lbs 7 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
2005: 6 lbs 2oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2004: 5 lbs 6 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
2003: 5 lbs 4 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2002: 18 lbs Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish
2001: 5 lbs Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish

1999: 6 lbs 10 oz

Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
1998: 17 lbs 14 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Three quarter pound fish
1997: 15 lbs 5 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1996: 18 lbs Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish
1995: 12 lbs 12 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Three quarter pound fish
1994: 16 lbs 3 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1993: 17 lbs Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish
1992: 16 lbs Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish
1991: 9 lbs 14 oz

Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Three quarter pound fish

 

Rainbow Trout  
2004: 4 lbs 9 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
2003: 3 lbs 2 oz Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2002: 1 lb 6 oz Fish one-quarter pound fish
2001: 1 lb 14 oz Fish Three quarter pound fish
2000: 3 lbs Fish Fish Fish
1998: 7 lbs 7oz Fish Fish Fish Fish FishFish Fish half pound fish
1997: 6 lbs 6 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1996: 3 lbs 3 oz Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1995: 3 lbs 7 oz Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
1994: 6 lbs 7 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
1993: 3 lbs 4 oz Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1992: 6 lbs 8 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
1991: 3 lbs 10 oz

Fish Fish Fish half pound fish

 

Brown Trout  
1996: 7 lbs 8 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
1995: 4 lbs Fish Fish Fish Fish
1994: 7 lbs 5 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
1992: 5 lbs 8 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish half pound fish

 

Lake Trout  
1993: 6 lbs 3 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish

 

Bluegill  
2005: 1 lb 1 oz Fish one-quarter pound fish
2003: 8 oz half pound fish
2002: 1 lb Fish
2001: 11 oz Three quarter pound fish
1998: 12 oz Three quarter pound fish
1997: 1 lb Fish
1993: 13 oz Three quarter pound fish
1992: 15 oz Three quarter pound fish

 

Hybrid Striper  
2006: 4 lbs 3 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2003: 16 lbs 9 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish FishFish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
2002: 10 lbs 9 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
2001: 9 lbs 5 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish
2000: 4 lbs 8 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish half pound fish
1997: 13 lbs 3 oz Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish

 

Blue Catfish (Spear-Fishing)
2004: 34 lbs 4 oz

Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish FishFish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish FishFish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish Fish FishFish Fish Fish Fish one-quarter pound fish

   

Winners by Time of Year
Click on year to find out "How'd they do that?!"

Just because a month may not show any "winning" fish, it doesn't mean the fishing isn't good.
It usually means we don't have as many visitors during those months.

January
Rainbow Trout
(
'98)
February March
Kentucky Bass
('95, '92)
Largemouth Bass
('91)
White Bass
('94)
 

April
Bluegill
(
'01, '93)
Brown Trout
('92)
Catfish
('06)
Crappie
('09, '06, '04, '03, '99, '95, '94, '93, '91, '10)
Hybrid Striper
('02, '01)
Kentucky Bass
('09, '06, '01)
Largemouth Bass
('08, '06, '04, '02, '99, '98, '92)
Smallmouth Bass
('09, '08, '04, '98, '97, '94, '91)
Walleye
('07, '06, '02)
White Bass
('09, '07, '03, '02, '99)
 

May
Bluegill
('05, '02, '01, '98, '92)
Catfish
('04, '03, '98, '97, '95, '91)
Crappie
('07, '05, '01, '00, '97, '96, '92)
Hybrid Striper
('03)
Kentucky Bass
('07, '05, '00, '99, '97, '93, '10)
Largemouth Bass
('07, '05, '01, '10)
Rainbow Trout
('04, '97, '96, '94)
Smallmouth Bass
('03, '02, '99, '95, '93, '91, '10)
Walleye
('05, '03, '00, '97, '93)
White Bass
('08, '05, '04, '00, '98, '97, '96)
 

June
Bluegill
('97)
Brown Trout
('95)
Catfish
('05, '04)
Kentucky Bass
('07, '01, '94, '91)
Lake Trout
('93)
Largemouth Bass
('03, '97)
Rainbow Trout
('01, '92, '91)
Smallmouth Bass
('01, '96)
Walleye
('09, '08, '01, '98, '10)
White Bass
('95, '93, '92, '91)

July
Brown Trout
('94)
Hybrid Striper
( '06, '97)
Kentucky Bass
('08, '04, '96)
Largemouth Bass
('00)
Smallmouth Bass
('07, '06)
Rainbow Trout
('02, '00, '95, '93)
Walleye
('95, '92, '91)
White Bass
('01)
Blue Catfish
('04)
 

August
Catfish
('02, '01, '96, '94, '93, '92, '10)
Hybrid Striper
('00)
Largemouth Bass
('04, '96)
Smallmouth Bass
('05)
Walleye
('96, '94)

September
Bluegill
('03)

Brown Trout
('96)
Kentucky Bass
('02)
Rainbow Trout
('03)
Smallmouth Bass
('92)
White Bass
('01)

Walleye
('04)

October
Catfish
('99)
Crappie
('98)
Kentucky Bass
('98)
Largemouth Bass
('95, '93)
Smallmouth Bass
('99)
Walleye
('99)
November
Largemouth Bass
('94)
December

Annual Winners

2010 Results

Crappie
2.0 lbs.
Todd Eckert
Waukegan, IL

April 23
Cloudy, Calm, Mild
Jig / Minnow
Casting

Kentucky Bass
3.1 Ibs.
Mike Purifoy
Marion, AR
May 29
Night
Tube Jig
Casting

Walleye
5.5 lbs.
Dave Ficke
Belleville, IL

June 30
Clear
Downrigger
Trolling

 

Catfish
4.0 lbs.
Kelsey Wilson
Cedar Falls, IA

August 2
Hot, Hot!
Spearfishing

Smallmouth Bass
2.8 lbs.
Byron Tate
Camdenton, MO

May 13
Windy, Cloudy
Smoke Grub
Casting

Largemouth Bass
5.1 lbs.
Dave Huerer
Cedar Lake, IN

May 2
Calm Clear
Jig n Pig
Casting (C&R)

2009 Results

Crappie
2.3 lbs.
Noemi Quezada
Chicago, IL

April 25
Cloudy, Calm, Mild
Live Minnow
Drifting

Kentucky Bass
3.6 Ibs.
Tom Ahern
Chicago, IL
April 21
Windy, Cloudy
Black Silver Rogue
Casting

Walleye
4 lbs.
Zack Tompkins
Shawnee, KS

June 10
Clear, Windy
Live Worm/Lindy Rig
Trolling

 

White Bass
3.5 lbs.
Roger Cool
Algonquin, IL

April 29
Cloudy, Windy
American Shad/Lucky Craft
Trolling with Lead Core Line

Smallmouth Bass
3.7 lbs.
Noemi Quezada
Chicago, IL

April 27
Windy, Cloudy
Live Minnow
Casting

Largemouth Bass
3.2 lbs.
Scott Mackay
Bloomingdale, IL

2008 Results

Kentucky Bass
2.4 Ibs.
Dan Wilczak Jr.
Boone, IA
July 18
Sunny, Breezy
Lindy Rig
Trolling
Catch and Release

Walleye
8.7 lbs.
Mike Kutcha
St. Charles, IL

June 23
Clear, Hot, Light Breeze
Lindy Rig
Trolling

 
White Bass
3.6 lbs.
Doug Ulasy
Chicago, IL

May 23
Cloudy, Breezy, Warm
Squirming Shad (Pearl)
Catch and Release

Smallmouth Bass
3.9 lbs.
Rich Downs
Chicago, IL

April 27
Sunny, Calm, Warm
Black Lizard
Casting

Largemouth Bass
4 lbs.
Rich Downs
Chicago, IL

April 27
Sunny, Calm, Warm
Green Pumpkin Brush Hog
Casting

2007 Results

Crappie
1 lb. 14 oz.
Kaye Philipps
Davis Junction, IL

May 5
Sunny, Hot 'n Hazy
White Grub
Casting

Kentucky Bass
2.0 Ibs.
Ron Rice
Ste. Genevieve, MO
May 10
Before Storm
Water Red Brush Hog
Catch and Release

Jason Beyers
June 16
Warm, Calm
Water Red Brush Hog
Catch and Release

Walleye
4 lbs. 12 oz.
Roger Cool
Algonquin, IL

April 30
Clear, Calm
Lucky Craft (Tennessee Shad)
Catch and Release


White Bass
3.5 lbs.
Jerry Dohe
Barlett, IL

April 23
Overcast, Calm
Zoom Salty Tail Grub
Casting

Smallmouth Bass
3 lbs. 15 oz.
Carol Vinson
St. Charles, MO

July 6
Calm
Black/Blue Chomper
Casting

Largemouth Bass
4 lbs. 12 oz.
Ron Rice
Ste.
Genevieve, MO
May 10
Before Storm
Watermelon Brush Hog
Catch and Release

2006 Results

Tasha Forrester
Tasha Forrester

Dave Heuer
Dave Heuer

Crappie
2.1 lbs
Bill Saager
Ottawa, IL

April 10
White Grub

Catfish
5.7 lbs.
Jeff Saager
Ottawa, IL

April 11
Fish Eggs

Kentucky Bass
3.0 lbs.
Todd Eckert
Buffalo Grove, IL

April 30, 11 a.m.
Partly Cloudy, 65 degrees
Lucky Craft American Shad
Trolling 100 feet of water
Down 30 feet

Walleye
5.7 lbs.
Todd Eckert
Buffalo Grove, IL

April 30
Lucky Craft Shad
Trolling

 

White Bass
3.5 lbs.
Bill Saager
Ottawa, IL

April 11
White Grub

Smallmouth Bass
4.2 lbs.
Tasha Forrester
DeSoto, MO

July 3, 1 a.m.
Windy, Warm, Clear
Moss Green Gitzit
Catch and Release

Largemouth Bass
5.4 lbs., 22-1/2 inches
Dave Heuer
Cedar Lake, IN

April 14, 8:30 p.m. Dark
Cloudy, Calm, 68 degrees. Full Moon
Brown & Orange Jig’n’Pig
Casting
Caught Near Point 10
Catch and Release

Hybrid Striper
4.3 lbs.
Billy Cantrell
House Springs, MO

July 21, 10 p.m.
Partly Cloudy, Windy, Mild
Blue & White Rattletrap
Trolling

2005 Results

Don Wolf
Don Wolf

Ron Rice
Ron Rice

Teri Carrender
Teri Carrender

 

Crappie
1.8 lbs.
Don Wolf
Salina, OK

May 23, 10 a.m.
Sunny, Calm, Cool
Live Minnow

Largemouth Bass
5.3 lbs.
Ron Rice
Ste. Genevieve, MO

May 10, 6 a.m.
Calm, 60, Dawn
Watermelon Red
Baby Brush Hog
Carolina Rig
Casting

Catfish (Flathead)
6.2 lbs.
Teri Carrender
Overland Park, KS.

June 14, Noon
Crappie Side
Casting

Walleye
5.7 lbs
Todd Eckert
Buffalo Grove, IL

May 11, 7 p.m.
Clear, Calm
35 ft. down in 150 ft. of water
Lucky Craft Crank Bait
Trolling

White Bass
3.4 lbs.
Roger Cool
Town

May 7, 9 a.m.
Clear, Calm
30 ft. down in 140 ft of water
Lucky Craft Crank Bait
Trolling

Kentucky Bass
2.3 lbs.
Todd Eckert
Buffalo Grove, IL

May 7, 8:30 a.m.
Clear, Calm
25 ft down in 60 ft of water
Berkley Frenzy
Crank Bait – Gold
Trolling

Bluegill
1.1 lbs.
Kaye Philipps
Davis Junction, IL

May 13, Sunset
Warm, Calm, Overcast
Small Red Hook and Live Minnow

Smallmouth Bass
3.8 lbs.
Mike Purifoy
Marion, AR

Aug 21
Night-fishing
Green Pumpkin w/Purple Flake Tube Jig

2004 Results

We have added another category because we have had our first ever entry of a fish caught by spear-fishing. Some of our guests feel that it is not exactly fair to compete against someone with a spear gun face-to-face with a fish. While we do recognize that spear-fishing is a sport, and a difficult one at that, one which requires its own expertise, we do agree that the odds of selecting a big fish are much more in favor of the spear fisherman. So, this is an additional category just for spear fishing, with only one winner, regardless of species.

We also must mention that the winner, Reid Wilson, had some expert help. His 14-year old daughter Kelsey was spear-fishing with him, and helped him get the thing up into the boat, which was no easy task with a 34-pounder. There is also an excellent picture that Reid’s sister-in-law Sharon DuClos took of the whopper surrounded by some of the Wilson/DuClos family children.

Fish surrounded by all the Wilson/DuClos family children.

Illinois narrowly beat out Missouri this year in the race for the most wins in a state. April and May saw the most winners (3 each), followed by two in July (surprise). We have winners this year for Indiana and Iowa, which may be a first, since most of our winners over the years have almost always been from Illinois, Missouri, or Arkansas.

Tasha Forrester again defended the women fisherman, by winning with a nice Kentucky bass.

Michael’s brother Richard repeats again this year for the largest smallmouth. Looks like great fishermen run in the family. Mike Philipps is also a repeat winner.

Congratulations to Mike Moran, a first-time winner in our contest in the crappie category. Mike just returned from a tour of duty in Iraq, so we are very happy that he won. And what a nice young man. This was also Reid Wilson’s first contest win with that huge catfish. Other first time winners were Glen Struck, Rich Downs, and Andy Kazmierczak.

Congratulations to Don Krause for his win. Don has been a loyal customer for going on 20 years now, and its been awhile since we’ve seen his name in lights.

We thank all our “catch and release” program participants: Rich Downs, Don Krause, and Rich Scrima. May your generous gift keep on giving with all the little offspring these fish produce.

Congratulations to our winners. You will receive a 10% discount off on your cabin next year. We wish each of you many successful fishing trips to Black Oak Resort.

Walleye
Glen Struck
5.7 lbs
Glen Struck
St. Louis, MO

September 4, 9:30 a.m.
Clear, Warm, Calm
35 Feet
Lindy Rig with 2 oz. Bottom Bouncer
Trolling

Crappie
1.6 lbs.
Mike Moran
Joliet, IL

April 14, 7:30 p.m. (dusk)
Cool, Calm
Motor Oil Grub

Smallmouth Bass
Richard Scrima
4.3 lbs.
Richard Scrima
Mt. Prospect, IL

April 19, 7:30 p.m.
25 Feet
Crawfish-Color Hot-N-Tot
Point 16, Trolling
Catch and Release

Blue Catfish (Spear-Fishing)
Reid Wilson and daughter Kelsey holding a 34 pound Blue Catfish
34.4 lbs.
Reid Wilson
Waterloo, IA

July 28, 4 p.m.

White Bass
2.7 lbs
Don Krause
St. Charles, MO

May 13, 10 a.m.
Cloudy, Windy, Warm
30 Feet
Crayfish-Color Hot-N-Tot
Trolling
Catch and Release

Rainbow Trout
4.9 lbs.
Andy Kazmierczak
Crown Point, IN

May 6, 6 p.m.
Breezy, Sunny, Hot
Blueish-Green Spoon

Kentucky Bass
3.7 lbs.
Tasha Forrester
St. Charles, MO

July 7, Night-Fishing
Calm
Moss Green with Red Flake Gitzit

Largemouth (Tie)
4.4 lbs.
Mike Purifoy
Marion, AR

August 29, 11:30 p.m.
Green Pumpkin Tube Jig
30 Feet

Largemouth (Tie)
4.4 lbs.
Rich (Picky) Downs
Chicago, IL

April 30, 7:30 a.m.
White Spinner
Catch and Release

Catfish
5.6 lbs.
Mike Philipps
Davis Junction, IL

May 10, 6 a.m.
Sunny, Calm, Warm
Night-Crawler
Casting

2003 Results

The 16.9 lb hybrid striper caught this year by Bob Upton is the largest caught at our resort since they accidentally released 50,000 several years back. The Arkansas record is 27 pounds. By the way, Bob and his buddy Bill Sligar were the ones who caught the record 53 pound striper out of our lake back in 1987.

One of our biggest whites was caught this year by Jim Griffiths. Funny story here–Jim thought he had a hybrid striper because it was so big, and he fileted it. When he looked at the picture of the species, he realized that he had a near-record white. Of course, he was really upset, because he could have had it mounted or at least taken its picture.

Jason Beyers’ largemouth win must have been a bittersweet moment for his friend J Bristow and his father-in-law Larry Downing. Both J and Larry have been coming to Black Oak forever and neither have ever won the contest. And along comes this young whipper-snapper who spends half his time here golfing, and he wins the contest.

Bill Saager won two years in a row, this year for the crappie.

Walleye
4.8 lbs.
Rich Scrima
Mt. Prospect, IL
May 23, 3 p.m.
Sunny, 75, Calm
Green w/Red Flake Gitzit
1/4-oz. Jig Head
Casting, Point 16

Blue Gill
0.8 lbs.
Mike Philipps
Davis Junction, IL
September 25, 6:30 p.m.
Calm, Warm, Clear
Pumpkin Seed French Fry Worm

Largemouth
4.0 lbs.
Jason Beyers
Lanark, IL
June 18, 5:30 a.m.
Warm, Calm, Drizzling
J Bristow’s Silver Chug Bug on Loan
Point 10, On the Bank, Surface
Catch and Release

Crappie
2 lbs.
Bill Saager
Ottawa, IL
April 10, 2 p.m.
Warm, Sunny, Light Breeze
Live Minnow

Catfish
5.4 lbs.
Mike Philipps
Davis Junction, IL
May 14
Windy, Cool
Live Bluegill
Trot Line

White Bass
4.5 lbs.
Jim Griffiths
Marseilles, IL
April 3, 9 a.m.
Windy, Clear, Warm
White Grub
1/8-oz. Jig Head
7 Feet

Rainbow Trout
3.2 lbs.
Carol Vinson
St. Charles, MO
September 1, 1 p.m.
Cloudy, Windy, Warm
Lindy Rig, 30 Feet
Point 16 on Flats

Smallmouth
3.8 lbs.
Carol Vinson
St. Charles, MO
May 16, 1 a.m.
Partly Cloudy, Full Moon, Only Hours Following the Total Lunar Eclipse
Calm, Warm
Red & Purple Chomper
On the Bank
Catch and Release

Hybrid Striper
16.9 lbs.
Bob Upton
Galena, IL
May 9, 8:45 a.m.
Overcast, Warm, Slight Breeze
#9 Shad Rap, Silver & Black
Point 11, 50 Feet, Trolling

 

2002 Results

Walleye
6.5 lbs.
Frank Serna
Chicago, IL
April 25, 8 p.m.
Overcast, Windy
Trolling, 65 feet
Silver & Blue Shad Rap

Blue Gill
1.0 lb.
Kaye Philipps
Davis Junction, IL
May 15, 9 a.m.
Calm, Overcast, Cool
Blue & White Jig & Minnow

Largemouth
3.4 lbs.
Mike Young
Decatur, MI
April 3, 9 a.m.
Cold, Windy
Silver Flake & White Grub

Kentucky
2.7 lbs.
Tasha Forrester
St. Charles, MO
Sept. 20, 10 a.m.
Cloudy, Windy, Cool
Trolling, 30 feet
Lindy Rig
Black & Gold Blade
With Live Nightcrawler

Hybrid Striper
10.9 lbs.
Rich Gelden
Bristol, WI
April 22, 12:30 p.m.
Sunny
Silver & Blue Hot'n'Tot
35 feet

White Bass
3.5 lbs.
Bill Saager
Ottawa, IL
April 3, 3:15 p.m.
Sunny, Windy, Cold
Minnow

Rainbow Trout
1.6 lbs.
Danielle Griffiths
Joliet, IL
July 12, 8:55 a.m.
Sunny, Breezy
Blue & Chrome Pro King
28 feet, Downrigging

Smallmouth
3.7 lbs. 19 inches
Dennis Roberts
Mokena, IL
May 9, 11 a.m.
Cloudy, Windy, Cool
Trolling Deep
Blue & Silver Hot'n'Tot

Catfish
18 lb. Channel Catfish
Brian Deas
Bartlett, TN
August 1, morning
Hot, Sunny
Trot Line
Hot Dog

2001 Results

Last year more contest winners (four) caught their fish in June, which is a switch from May the previous year. Following June, April and May each had three winners; then July, August and September each had one. How's that for a nice spread?

As always most of our contest winners (seven) are from our home state of Illinois. Do you think we're feeding them classified fishing secrets? No way, they're just that good! Missouri is moving up on Illinois with three winners, and Arkansas had two winners. And Nebraska had a showing this year with one winner.

Tasha and Carol on the lake
Tasha Forrester and
Carol Vison are winners!

The women continue to win, this year with three winners. And we had three young winners: Travis Bewley (a mere 13), Jason Saager and Eric Immke. Both Jason and Eric are grown up now, but we still think of them as young since we've known them since they were boys.

And lots of repeat winners: Mike Purifoy is back! As well as Mike Philipps (in two categories), Todd Eckert, and Carol Vinson. And Tasha Forrester, as well. (Oh, cancel that, I don't think Tasha ever actually won until now. But now she did, and she didn't even have to tie with anyone!)

We also have our catch and release fishermen who we appreciate all the more: Mike Philipps, Carol Vison and Tasha Forrester.

What our contest doesn't show is how many fish we're catching. The smallmouth fishing continues to be excellent to super, especially in April and May. Also our walleye fishing was the best ever this year. What's happening is the walleye being caught in May and June is getting as good as the smallmouth fishing in April and May. In June and July walleye were still being caught in abundance by trolling and downrigger fishing. The rainbow trout has fallen off simply because the stocking program has changed to favor the walleye. To be honest, we really prefer the walleye. Again this year, these hybrid stripers keep popping up in our contest, even though they've never actually been stocked. (Go figure!) No records this year, maybe next year. Don't forget about downrigger fishing either. It is very successful all summer long, and you get a nice cooling breeze at the same time. Talk to Michael before you come down if you'd like to give it a try.

Walleye
8.2 pounds
Mike Purifoy
Marion, AR
June 6, 2 a.m.
Calm, Full Moon, Clear, Warm
Casting
Pumpkin Seed Gitzit

White Bass
2.7 pounds (tie)
Travis Bewley
Atkins, AR
July 2, 6 a.m.
Calm, Warm, Sunrise
Downrigger 50 ft.
Blue & Silver Pro Spoon

Heather Klein
St. Charles, MO
Sept 17, afternoon
Jigging (spooning)
1/2 oz. Chrome Spoon

Crappie
1.8 pounds
Alex Kazmerczak
Oak Lawn, IL
May 8, 10:30 a.m.
Clear, Sunny, Hot
Live Bait 40 feet
Nightcrawler

Rainbow Trout
1.9 pounds
Jeff Cheuvront
Lincoln, NE
June 11, 8 a.m.
Clear, Calm, Warm
Downrigger 45 ft.
Blue & Chrome Pro King

Bluegill
0.7 pounds (tie)
Jim Griffiths
Joliet, IL
April 20, 10 a.m.
Very Windy, Overcast, Mild
Green Grub/Black & Red Flake
15 feet off the bottom

Mike Philipps
Davis Junction, IL
May 18, at dawn
Calm, Overcast, Warm
Minnow
Catch and Release

Hybrid Striper
9.3 pounds
Todd Eckert
Buffalo Grove, IL
April 18, 7 p.m.
Calm
Casting 10 feet
Black & Pink Jig-n-Minnow

Largemouth Bass
4.2 pounds
Mike Philipps
Davis Junction, IL
May 16, Dawn
Calm, Warm
Casting
Green Chug Bug
Catch and Release

Smallmouth
3.3 pounds
Tasha Forrester
St Charles, MO
June 7, 12:15 a.m.
Calm, Full Moon, Cloudy, Warm
Casting
Green/Purple Flake Gitzit
Catch and Release

Kentucky Bass
2.7 pounds (tie)
Jason Saager
Ottawa, IL
April 9
Casting On Bank
White Rattle-Trap

Carol Vinson
St Charles, MO
June 7, 3 a.m.
Calm, Full Moon,
Cloudy, Warm
Casting
Smoke/Purple&Red
Flake Gitzit
Catch and Release

Catfish
5 pounds
Eric Immke
Pontiac, IL
August 17, 9:30 p.m.
Clear Night
Magic Bait Beef Blood

2000 Results

Last year the best month for fishing turned out to be May, with winning fish in five categories. July came in second, with two winners. See, you can catch fish in hot weather here, you just have to get down to the cooler water.

We had a "Resort Record" walleye, with the huge 11.6 pound, 32 inch walleye caught by J R Nesbit of Trevor, Wisconsin. He just beat out Michael's record 11.4 pound walleye, caught in July, 1993. We also had an amazing year for walleye, especially in May, June and July. The fact that a million walleye are stocked in the lake each year is probably the reason. Also, so few of our fisherman have been fishing for them. To be sure, they're starting to now!

Illinois is the big winner again with 6 winners hailing from our home state. We did manage to have one winner from Arkansas this year, thanks to 12 year old Travis Bewley from Atkins, Arkansas. He was also our only child winner. We also had two women winners: Jayme Zeman, of Roanoke, Illinois, for her 4.5 pound hybrid striper; and Sharon Streske, of Buffalo Grove, Illinois, for her 3.1 pound white bass. Nice work, ladies!

Also, downrigger fishing still is producing a great number of fish for our guests. The hybrid striper, rainbow trout, and record walleye were all caught downrigging. Be sure to talk to Michael about this fishing technique, and bring your downrigging equipment along. Michael will help you get started.

We also had two of our winners "catch and release" their fish. Mike Philipps successfully released his 3.4 pound Kentucky to live to fight another day. Travis Bewley, our 12-year old wanted to release his 4.6 pound largemouth. But because it was caught in the heat of the summer, it is very difficult to practice this technique if you have to bring the fish in to the dock to be weighed for the contest. He did try very hard, and we're sure he did release some of his other nice fish. We are always heartened when our guests practice "catch and release" fishing.

All our winners will receive a 10% discount off their cabin this year. Congratulations, winners!

Walleye
JR Nesbit of Trevor, WI caught the season's largest Walleye

JR Nesbit and wife Olga of Trevor, WI caught the season's largest Walleye
11.6 pounds, 32 inches
J R Nesbit, Trevor WI
May 30, 7 p.m.
Clear, Sunny, Warm, Light Breeze
41 Ft., Downrigger, Point 8
Blue & Silver Pro King Spoon
Water Temperature: 78

White Bass
3.1 pounds, 19 inches
Sharon Streske, Buffalo Grove, IL
May 22, 9 a.m.
Sunny, Warm, Calm
Trolling, 19 Feet
Chartreuse with Black Back Hot-n-Tot

Crappie
Dave O'Donnell of Park Forest, Ill. caught the season's largest crappie
2.3 pounds, 16 inches
Dave O'Donnell, Park Forest, IL
May 2, 7 p.m.
Rain, Calm, Mild
Smoke Grub
10 Feet

Rainbow Trout
3 pounds
Dan Wilczak, Lake-In-The-Hills, IL
July 13, 7:30 a.m.
Clear, Calm
55 Feet, Downrigging
Blue & Silver Pro Kin

Hybrid Striper
4.5 pounds, 23 inches
Jayme Zeman, Roanoke, IL
August 3, 7 p.m.
Hot, Sunny, Calm
58 Feet, Downrigging
Blue & Chrome Pro King

Largemouth Bass
Travis Bewley of Atkins, Arkansas caught the season's largest largemouth bass
4.6 pounds
Travis Bewley, Atkins, AR
12 Years Old
July 6, 10 a.m.
Sunny, Calm, Hot
Purple & White Bill Norman DD14
Trolling 75 Feet
Attempt Catch and Release

Smallmouth
3.1 pounds
Rich Priller, Schaumburg, IL
May 15, 8 p.m.
Nighttime, Windy, Cool
15 Feet
Floating Smithwick, Black & Orange & Silver

Kentucky Bass
Michael Philipps of Davis Junction, Illinois caught the season's biggest kentucky bass
3.4 pounds
Michael Philipps, Davis Junction, IL
May 12, (Morning)
Windy, Overcast
Smoke Grub on a Rocky Point
Catch and Release

1999 Results

April and October were our hottest months for fishing this year! But our springtime fishing was one of the best years ever! Most of our guests that come year after year had big smiles on their faces, and told us the fishing was great this year. The conditions were right. We didn't have many spring cold fronts move thru, so the fishing just got better and better.

The husband and wife team of John and Connie North both won this year for Smallmouth and Kentucky Bass. We also had three women winners. More winners were from Illinois (again). As usual, most of the winners have fished Bull Shoals Lake many times. Carol Vinson and Connie North won two years in a row! The largemouth and smallmouth were larger than last year's winners. Michael caught a 5 1-2 pound smallmouth this spring, which he released. Michael did well this year on a smoke with black flake grub. The lake is very low at this time, around 640. Normal pool is 654. We are way behind in rainfall for the second half of the year. But to look on the bright side, that means more fish concentrated in a smaller area!

Largemouth Bass
4.3 lbs
Carol Vinson
St. Charles, MO
April 12, 7:30 p.m.
Sunset, Calm
Chug Bug
Silver/Black Topwater
"Catch and Release"

Smallmouth Bass
3.7 lbs
Connie North
Park Ridge, IL
October 5, 11 a.m.
Sunny, Calm
Rainbow
Rebel Fast Tracker

Kentucky Bass
3 lbs
John North
Park Ridge, IL
May 2, 1 p.m.
Sunny, Breezy, Warm
Hot-N-Tot
Chartreuse and Yellow

White Bass
3.3 lbs
Kim Galu
McHenry, IL
April 10, 9 p.m. (night)
Breezy, Clear, Warm
Grub
Clear/Silver Metalflake

Crappie
2 lbs - 15 inches
Bill Saager
Ottawa, IL
April 6, 5:30 p.m.
Sunny, Calm
Pumpkin Grub

Walleye
5.9 lbs
Gene Rose
St. Louis, MO
October 3, 2 p.m.
Warm, Cloudy
Just Before Rain
Smoke Grub

Channel Catfish
6.6 lbs
Clyde Jarocki
Northlake, IL
October 14, 9:30 a.m.
Clear, Windy
Pearl
Norman Little Deep N
Downrigging 30 Ft.

1998 Results

The month of May was once again the hottest time of year for fishing, with three winners in our fishing contest. A close second with two winners each were the months of April and October. We also had a a surprise winner in January!

Illinois was the leader in wins as usual, with Missouri coming in second. We were happy to have Mike Purifoy back as a winner for our adopted state of Arkansas.

Lots of women winners (four out of nine!) this year. Congratulations, girls! You better watch out, guys.

We also had virtually all repeat winners. This proves once again that persistence is the quality that most produces good fishing. All our winning fishermen have fished Bull Shoals Lake many times.

Fish were bigger this year in 6 out of 9 categories: White Bass, Walleye, Crappie, Kentucky Bass, Rainbow Trout, and Channel Catfish. We also had a lot more "Catch and Release" winners. Our special salute to you! Although, we wonder if Mike Philipps was able to release that 3-inch Bluegill.

Largemouth Bass
3.8 lbs.
Al Latimer
Marseilles, IL
April 6, 10:30 a.m.
Sunny, SE Wind
Blue Rapala, Broken Tail
Deep Diver, 15 ft.

Smallmouth Bass
3.2 lbs.
Connie North
Park Ridge, IL
April 29, 1 p.m.
Sunny, Calm
Lure Jensen Hot Shot
Pink & White
Trolling
"Catch & Release"

Kentucky Bass
3.2 lbs.
Mike Purifoy
Marion, AR
October 4 at Night
Chomper
Pumpkin/Pepper

White Bass
3.3 lbs.
Kathy Spiewak
Chicago, IL
May 28, 8 p.m.
Clear, Calm, Warm
Lime Green Pro Spoon
Downrigger, 40 ft.

Crappie
2.2 lbs.
Bill Sligar
Oak Forest, IL
October 4, a.m.
Overcast, Windy, Mild
Silver Mr. Twister with
1/4 Oz. L:ead Head Jig
8 ft.

Rainbow Trout
7 lbs. 7 oz
Carol Vinson
St. Charles, MO
January 19
Crippled Herring Spoon
Blue & Chrome
15 ft.
"Catch & Release"

Walleye
7.5 lbs.
Karin Geers
St. Louis, Missouri
June 4, 8 a.m.
Clear, Calm
Black & Gold Pro King
Downrigger, 35 ft.

Bluegill
12 oz.
Mike Schroeder
Hoffman Estates, IL
May 21, Late Afternoon
Sunny, Calm
Chrome Spoon
Trolling
"Catch & Release"

Channel Catfish
17.9 lbs.
Mike Philipps
Davis Junction, IL
May 14, 9 a.m.
Hazy, Calm, 75o F
3-inch Bluegill
"Catch & Release"

1997 Results

Once again, the hottest month for fishing turned out to be May this year! Even the April and June entries were both really close to May (April 29 and June 2 and 5). We think it would have been more evenly distributed between April, May and June, except we had no slow warmup -- just winter to summer!

Illinois once again leads the pack with winners. We could say that they are the best fishermen, but to be fair, we just seem to have more people from Illinois than any other state. We had lots of multiple category winners: Todd Eckert with three; Mike Philipps and Mark Spiewak both with two. These three fish hard and have been coming here for many years, so they know their stuff. You guys may find an armada following you around the lake next year.

We had a mere child beating out his father. Thirteen-year-old Eric Immke was fishing with his father, Bill, when he hooked into a huge hybrid striper (13.2 pounds). These fish aren't even supposed to be in our lake, but they are -- and they're growing! The record hybrid is 22 pounds 1 ounce and came out of our own Bull Shoals Lake. Just another reason to bring your downrigger equipment along.

The fish were bigger in four categories (Largemouth, Smallmouth, Crappie and Rainbow). We also added two new categories (Hybrid Striper and Bluegill). We also had one lone woman winner and a three-way tie on white bass.

We are raising Rainbow Trout at our dock this year for Game & Fish. They will be fed twice a day until they are released in the lake, usually in April. Also, lots of big fish are hanging around the dock, attracted by the feed and the mouth-watering little trout. Hope they stay! Those of you coming down early next year may get to see them all.

As for lures, downriggers are still producing with Pro Kings and Pro Spoons. The Shad Rap is always one of our best-producing lures. It seems all the big fish were mostly caught in the early morning on calm days this year. Or maybe we just have a lot of calm days? You never know with statistics.



Pictured above is Eric Immke, from Saunemin, IL,
who caught the 1997 winning Hybrid Striper.

Largemouth Bass
4.2 lbs
Gerry Patterson
Smithville, OH
June 2, 8 a.m.
Foggy, Calm
Pop-R Silver/Black

Smallmouth Bass
3.9 lbs
Rich Gelden
Waukegan, IL
April 29, noon
Sunny, Clear
Jig & Minnow
Fluorescent Lime Green

Kentucky Bass
2.9 lbs.
Todd Eckert
Waukegan, IL
May 3, Evening
Clear
Jig & Minnow
Blue/White Metalflake

White Bass
(Three-Way Tie)
3.1 lbs.
Todd Eckert
Waukegan, IL
May 4, Dusk
Clear, Calm
Jig & Minnow
Blue/White Metalflake

Mark Spiewak
Chicago, IL
May 29, 7:30 a.m.
Clear, Calm
Pro Spoon
Green & Silver
Downrigger, 45 Ft.

Chuck Sevick
Festus, MO
May 5, Early a.m.
Clear, Calm
Bass Assassin
Salt & Pepper

Walleye
6.4 lbs.
Mike Philipps
Machesney Park, IL
May 11, 7:30 a.m.
Sunny, Calm
#9 Shad Rap

Crappie
2.1 lbs.
Mike Philipps
Machesney Park, IL
May 15, 5:45 p.m.
Sunny, Windy
Minnow & #10 Hook

Rainbow Trout
6.4 lbs.
Mark Spiewak
Chicago, IL
May 26, 7 a.m.
Overcast, Calm
Shad Rap
Silver & Black
Downrigger 35 ft.

Channel Catfish
15.3 lbs.
Todd Eckert
Waukegan, IL
May 7
Night
Limb Line
Whole Bluegill

Bluegill
1.0 lbs.
Karin Geers
Affton, MO
June 5
Sunny, Calm
Worm on Bottom

Hybrid Striper
13.2 lbs.
Eric Immke
13 years old
Saunemin, IL
July 16, 6:45 a.m.
Clear, Calm, Warm
Pro King
Black & Purple
Downrigger, 65 ft.

1996 Results

No contest, the hottest day of fishing last year was May 21, with three winning fish caught. I imagine we'll be booked solid for that time next year!

Fishing was also a family affair, with Art and Gregg Comer (father and son) winning three categories! These guys take fishing to a new level. They are totally rigged for anything, and you can see it has paid off for them. Also, longtime guests Jerry and Joanne Logan hit it big this year, each of them winning a category on that magic day, May 21st. They have also studied and learned this lake and are doing great at fishing every year now.

Gloria Sears was our only "Catch and Release" winner this year. Last year she had the winning recipe; this year she had the winning Smallmouth. Good work, Gloria!

The fish were bigger in five categories (Kentucky, Walleye, Crappie, Brown Trout, and Catfish). The Crappie were good well into June. So that's three months in a row (April, May, and June) where you can try for these delectable fish.

Four winners were from Illinois, narrowly beating out Missouri. The women captured two categories this time. Downrigger fishing again was working, as well as deep-water trolling. You all really should try these techniques on this lake. They really work.

Category winners were caught in every month from May through September. We had a colder than normal spring or we are sure there would have been at least one winner in April, which is usually one of our hottest months.

Largemouth Bass
4 lb. 2 oz.
Art Comer
Independence, MO
August 17, a.m.
Mann's Stretch 20
Trolling

Smallmouth Bass
3 lb. 4 oz.
Gloria Sears
Irving, TX
June 25, 9 p.m.
Jig & Pig
"Catch and Release"

Kentucky Bass
3 lb. 11 oz.
Aaron Ray
Decatur, IL
July 22, 7:30 a.m.
Black & Gold Pro-King
Downrigger, 45 feet

White Bass
3 lb. 9 oz.
Jerry Logan
Naperville, IL
May 21, 8 p.m.
Chartreuse/Black/Green
Northport Nailer
Downrigger
44 feet

Walleye
7 lb. 5 oz.
Art Comer
Independence, MO
Late August, 8 a.m.
Grey Hellbender with Rooster Tail Trailer
Trolling

Crappie
2 lbs.
Mike Philipps
Rockford, IL
May 21
Minnow

Brown Trout
7 lb. 8 oz.
Jerry Paylor
Shreveport, LA
September 23, 5 p.m.
Live Cricket
White River

Rainbow Trout
3 lb. 3 oz.
Joanne Logan
Naperville, IL
May 21, 10 a.m.
Black & Gold Pro-King
Downrigger, 46 ft.

Channel Catfish (Blue)
18 pounds
Gregg Corner
Grain Valley, MO
August 15, Nighttime
Whole Bluegill
Jug

1995 Results

This year, the most exciting fishing event was probably the White Bass that Mike Huddleston caught in June. Our Whites keep getting bigger and bigger, with records falling all the time. The last four years the winning White was in the four pound range. This year, the biggest White ever caught here at Black Oak was 5 pounds 1 ounce, which is close to the state record of 5 pounds 4 ounces. When we weighed it on our scale, it weighed more than the state record, so we immediately called Game & Fish. They told us we should bring it to their office for an official weight. Mike and Marcia Huddleston did everything in their power to keep it alive so it would not lose ounces. But, after so much time was lost, it officially weighed only 5 pounds 1 ounce. But we know it was really a state record. Congratulations, Mike! By the way, the biggest Whites statistically are caught in June.

The fish were bigger this year in four categories (Largemouth, Kentucky, White, and Walleye). The Crappie weren't as big as last year, but we had a great bumper crop of Crappie during April. Looking back, the biggest Crappie were caught in April in six of the past nine years. So if it's Crappie you really are after, I'd suggest an April fishing trip.

Again, seven of the category winners were from our home state of Illinois. They win big every year. Our only winning woman also qualifies in the children's category. Ten-year-old Emily Dessent landed the largest Walleye, beating out her dad, Bob, who has won before. Also, 11-year-old Eric Immke did what his dad, Bill, is still trying to do. He won for biggest rainbow. Another previous winner, Todd Eckert, won this time in two categories. Jasper Tavolacci won this year, but last year his wife Susan won with a much bigger brown trout. A hollow victory, eh Jasper?

Category winners were caught in every month from March through July, and again in October.

Notice also that downrigging is a great way to get your kids interested in fishing. I'll bet that Eric Immke and Emily Dessent will be more than willing to go fishing next year.

Largemouth Bass
6 lb. 3 oz.
Dale Wade
Farmington, MO
October 6, 2 a.m.
Green Gitzit
Night-Fishing
Full-Moon


Walleye
7 lb. 4 oz.
Emily Dessent
Age 10
Schaumburg, IL
July 12, 7:30 a.m.
Pink & Silver Northport Nailer
Downrigger, 65 ft.

Rainbow Trout
3 lb. 7 oz.
Eric Immke
Age 11
Saunemin, IL
July 19, 7 a.m.
Purple & Chrome Pro King
Clear
Downrigger, 65 ft.


Smallmouth Bass
3 lb. 14 oz.
Todd Eckert
Waukegan, IL
May 11
Minnow
Trolling

Crappie
1 lb. 14 oz.
David Churchill
Walkerton, IN
April 16
Smoke & Silver Grub
Evening, sunny


White Bass
5 lb. 1 oz.
20" Long, 16" Girth
Mike Huddleston
Elgin, IL
June 21, 8 a.m.
Silver Hula-Grub
Clear, Calm, Hot


Kentucky Bass
3 lb. 10 oz.
Phil Golladay
Saunemin, IL
March 21, 3 p.m.
White/Chrome-Tail
Berkeley Power Grub
Partly sunny, warm
33 feet

Brown Trout
4 pounds
Jasper Tavolacci
Elk Grove Village, IL
June 28
Live Worm
White River


Channel Catfish (Blue)
12 lb. 12 oz.
Todd Eckert
Waukegan, IL
May 8
Live Minnow
Limb-Lining

1994 Results

This year had bigger fish in five categories than last year (Smallmouth, Kentucky, Crappie, Rainbow, White), and smaller in three (Largemouth, Walleye, Catfish). We had no entries for Bluegill or Lake Trout, but we added a Brown Trout. So, I'd say the fishing is as good as ever, even on a bit of an upswing as far as size. The winning White Bass is the largest we've ever recorded since we began our contest in 1987. The winning Brown Trout is also the largest ever recorded. (Both caught by "girls"!) The women are gaining on the men, winning THREE categories.

Most of the winners are again from our home state of Illinois. Art and Greg Comer and Glen Householder have now won for three years in a row. Category winners were caught in every month from March through August, and also in November.

Michael once again beats out one of our winners, this time in the rainbow trout category. He beat Glen Householder's 6 lb. 7 oz. Rainbow with a 7 lb. 5 oz. beauty (the record rainbow ever caught), caught downrigger fishing at 8:30 a.m. on July 20 using a pink and chrome Northport Nailer at 50 feet. Michael now holds two records - this year's rainbow and last year's 11 lb. 4 oz. walleye. Not to worry, Glen, since you were the only winner this year in two categories (Rainbow and Kentucky Bass). Michael's win doesn't officially count in the contest, of course.

Largemouth Bass
4 lb. 2 oz.
Scott MacKay
Bloomingdale, IL
November 25, 2 p.m.
Crayfish Wiggle Wart
Cloudy, Windy

Smallmouth Bass
3 lb. 15 oz.
Wayne Myers
Downers Grove, IL
April 20, 8 p.m.
4" Chartreuse Berkley
Power Grub
Calm
"Catch and Release"

Kentucky Bass
3 lb. 5 oz.
Glen Householder
Waukegan, IL
June 2, 5:30 a.m.
Green & Silver Pro Spoon
Downrigger, 40', Slider
Calm

Walleye
5 lb. 9 oz.
Ken Hargadon
Chicago, IL
August 25, 12:20 p.m.
Nightcrawler
Lindy Rig, 38 ft.
Clear, Calm

Crappie
2 lb. 2 oz.
Debbie Gawell
Plainfield, IL
April 20, 8 a.m.
Minnow
Calm, Sunny

Brown Trout
7 lb. 5 oz.
Susan Tavolacci
Elk Grove Village, IL
July 7, 7 p.m.
Plastic Worm, Natural
Overcast
White River

Rainbow Trout
6 lb. 7 oz.
Glen Householder
Waukegan, IL
May 22
Blue & Silver Pro King
Downrigger, 30 ft.
Point 18
Sunny, 85

White Bass
4 lb. 5 oz.
Kathy Ash
Justice, IL
March 15, 8 a.m.
Black & Silver
Floating Rapala
Sunny, Calm

Channel Catfish (Blue)
16 lb. 3 oz.
Art & Gregg Comer
Independence, MO
August 22
Jug, Shad

1993 Results

No, there aren't any typographical errors, even though there are three fish weighing exactly the same (6 lb. 3 oz.); but what a coincidence. You'll notice our record fish started in April this year. Normally, they'd start in March, but we did have an unusually cold spring. We also had record heat this summer, but it didn't seem to hurt fishing at all, with big fish caught every month from April thru August and again in October. Probably our cold spring kept the water cooler longer. Some repeat winners again this year. Art Comer's catfish beat his last year's record by one pound. It's probably that same fish that broke the line after he weighed it in last year (my prediction came true). Jerry Logan didn't repeat, but his wife, Joanne, won this time instead. Also, she was the only woman winner. Illinois had the most winners (again). We also have an eight year old among our winners: Gunnar Bristow caught our biggest rainbow trout. Also, Glen Householder won in two categories (White Bass and Lake Trout). He really deserves to win since both fish are the largest ever recorded in our contest in those categories.

Finally, we are proud to announce that Black Oak Resort actually won the walleye contest when Michael caught his biggest walleye ever, weighing 11 pounds, 4 ounces on July 22 at 11 a.m. (sunny and hot) on a Lindy Rig at 32 feet. The walleye was 29 1/2 in. long with a 19 in. girth. It was also the largest walleye ever caught by anyone at our resort. He had witnesses, too. He was fishing with guests, Bill Immke and Phil Golladay. However, he disqualifies himself from the contest since he's really a pro fisherman, and we'll give Joanne Logan credit for winning with her little fish.

Two honorable mentions: We had a young boy, Chris Walton, catch a 12 oz. bluegill (one ounce away from tying the record). He was big time disappointed he didn't win, but we asked him if he would llike to release the fish so someone could catch it again when it got bigger, and he DID! What a big sacrifice for a young man to give up what was for him probably the biggest fish he'd ever caught. We are proud of you, Chris. Come back and catch it next year! Also, though we don't include rough fish in our annual contest, we must mention one special catch this year. On July 29 on a sunny and hot high noon, Ray Cutrer of Algonquin, Illinois, made quite a catch when he landed a 20 pound gar, 55 inches long, while fishing a Lindy Rig at 30 feet (also fishing with Michael and Bill Immke). Bill Immke must be ready for his turn!

Largemouth Bass
6 lb. 3 oz.
Mike Kostial
St. Louis, MO
October 26

Smallmouth Bass
3 pounds
Lou Klimaszewski
Merrillville, IN
May 27
Black & Green Bomber
Sunny, Warm

Kentucky Bass
2 lb. 14 oz.
Mike Schroder
Hoffman Estates, IL
May 17
Chartreuse & Blue
Double Deep Wee-R
Rainy

Walleye
6 lb. 3 oz.
25 1/2 inches
Joanne Logan
Naperville, IL
May 24, 11:18 a.m.
Black and Gold
Pro King Spoon
Downrigger 34 ft.
Calm, Overcast

Lake Trout
6 lb. 3 oz.
Glen Householder
Waukegan, IL
June 4
Black Scale & Gold
Pro King Spoon
Downrigger 40 ft.
Cloudy, Windy

Rainbow Trout
3 lb. 4 oz.
Gunnar Bristow
Braidwood, IL
July 1, 8 p.m.
Black & Gold
Pro King Spoon
Downrigger 44 ft.
Hazy, Hot

Crappie
2 pounds
Bob Warren
N. Aurora, IL
April 30, 10:30 a.m.
Silver & Black
Wally Diver
Overcast, Drizzle

White Bass
4 lb. 1 oz.
Glen Householder
Waukegan, IL
June 2, 8 p.m.
Orange & Yellow Spotted
Pro King Spoon
Downrigger 30 ft.
Cloudy, Calm

Bluegill
13 oz.
David Gray
Shorewood, IL
April 15, 6 p.m.
Live Minnow
Windy, Cold, Rainy

Channel Catfish
17 pounds
Art Comer
Independence, MO
August 20
Bluegill
Jug Fishing

1992 Results

What'd I tell you? The fish caught were bigger this year! We had some of the biggest fish we've seen since starting business in 1985. We caught the biggest Largemouth, Walleye, White Bass (tied with last year), Crappie, Catfish, Brown Trout, and Rainbow Trout ever recorded in our contest from 1985 onward! We did have a larger white bass, but it was never officially entered (4 lb. 6 oz. caught 2 years ago by Glen Householder of Illinois). With three back-to-back years of good spawns, the fishing should be dynamite in 1993! Also, we seemed to catch more largemouth than in previous years, and most had to be turned back because they were just under the new 15-inch limit. So next year we'll be really getting the keepers.

Another point of interest is that all of the fish except one were caught by our repeat customers. So, if you came down and didn't do sensational the first time, remember that experience counts on a lake, so don't go lake-hopping when the best lake is right here! Of course it goes without saying that you should NEVER resort-hop!

Also, we're still seeing the popularity of catch and release. Notice that two of our winners released trophy fish. Art Comer inadvertently became our third catch and release winner on his 16 pound catfish when, after weighing it, it broke the line and swam away. Maybe Art will nab it again in '93.

We tried to provide you with lots of information about fishing Bull Shoals in our contest statistics. When available, we provided information about weather conditions. Notice that a high pressure system produces good fishing. Also overcast conditions. Notice that with downrigger fishing, the depths vary considerably, so go ahead and experiment. Notice we had another uncannily lucky angler in Jerry Logan, who fished for almost two weeks before finding that perfect combination of depth and weather and time to catch two contest winners, both on the same day on downriggers at 43 feet! He persevered and deserves to win! It's more than just luck!

Illinois was again the leader with the most contest winners. And congratulations to our nephew, Scott MacKay, for finally getting a winning fish. Scott has worked this resort every summer since we opened, and fished every chance he got. We're pleased you won, Scott! And thanks to Linda Vogel, we kept the women in the limelight again!

We had winners in every month from March through September, so time of year isn't as crucial as you'd think.

All contest winners will receive a 10% cabin discount on their next stay with us, plus a Black Oak cap or T-shirt, and also a wall plaque recognizing their achievement. Winners' names will also be on our Black Oak Annual 1992 Fishing Contest plaque at the resort. Congratulations to you all!

Largemouth Bass
8 lb. 8 oz.
Steve Bickes
Decatur, IL
April 6
Blue Metal Flake Grub

Smallmouth Bass
3 lb. 13 oz.
Mike Purifoy
Marion, AR
September 10
Jig & Pig
Purple & Green
(Night)

Kentucky Bass
4 pounds
Linda Vogel
Algonquin, IL
March 25
Pumpkin Grub
"Catch & Release"

Walleye
10 lb. 8 oz.
Bob Dessent
Schaumburg, IL
July 22
Blue & Silver Little Cleo
Downrigger 95 Feet
7:15 a.m. Overcast

Bluegill
15 oz.
Joe Mehaffey
Morris, IL
May 26
Chartreuse/Blue/Orange
Baby "N"
"Catch & Release"

Channel Catfish
16 pounds
Art Comer
Independence, MO
August 28
Goldfish
Jug Fishing

Crappie
2 lb. 7 oz.
Ed Tokes
Hiawassee, GA
May 3
Minnow

German Brown Trout
5 lb. 8 oz.
Scott MacKay
Bloomingdale, IL
April 7

Rainbow Trout
6 lb. 8 oz.
Jerry Logan
Naperville, IL
June 3
Pro King Spoon
Chrome/Chartreuse/Green
Downrigger 43 ft.
Cloudy/Windy/High Pressure

White Bass
4 pounds
Jerry Logan
Naperville, IL
June 3
Pro King Spoon
Chrome/Chartreuse/Green
Downrigger 43 feet
Cloudy/Windy/High Pressure

1991 Results

This year our annual fishing contest was almost a clean sweep for Illinois. Not one winner from Arkansas, which was a big surprise! The only one who broke the mold was Rob Grillion, from O'Fallon, Missouri, who walked away from the competition with a really nice 7-pound largemouth. I must congratulate Rob, not only for that nice catch, but also because he caught it during our Oakland Resort Spring Opener and took both 2nd place and "Big Bass," Which gave him most of the prize money. And the best thing is, he released that fish back into Bull Shoals, and it's probably 10 pounds now and a whole lot smarter! Congratulations, Rob!

We also had a repeat winner -- Connie North. Either Connie or her husband, John, seems to win every year. Notice we have three women winners this year. One, Katie Martino, is a mere girl (8 years old). Two other things of note. Gene Babb was one lucky guy, winning in two categories a day apart. Also, notice that we had a very hot lure working this year -- the Northport Nailer -- winning in three categories. I'd buy stock in that company if I were you! The top color seemed  to be chartreuse this year (four categories). AND, you'll notice that we had TWO winners from the SAME city in Illinois (Elk Grove Village). What a coincidence!

One more thing: Winning fish this year were bigger than last year in five categories and smaller in three. So, overall, the fish are getting bigger in Bull Shoals, just like I predicted! Looks like the spring and summer turned out to be hot fishing months, but even though no winners turned up in the fall or winter, the tournaments on the lake had some stunning top weights. The Meramec Valley Tournament held in December (a one-day tournament) had a winning weight for 12 bass of over 32 pounds. And the Champion Tournament held in mid-October, had a higher winning weight than in all the previous years since we've been here! It also was another good spawn this year, so we KNOW the fishing will be tremendous next year as well.

Largemouth Bass
7 pounds
Rob Grillion
O'Fallon, MO
March 16
Silver & Black
Sassy Shad

Smallmouth Bass (Tie)
3 lb. 9 oz.
Marlene Ryan
Blue Island, IL
May 9
Green Jig & Minnow
&
Harry Gustafson
Elk Grove Village, IL
April 14
Minnow

Kentucky Bass
3 lb. 8 oz.
Katie Martino
Hanover Park, IL
June 3
Chartreuse Crankbait

Walleye
6 lb. 14 oz.
Bob Dessent
Elk Grove Village, IL
July 26
Chartreuse Northport
Nailer

Rainbow Trout
3 lb. 10 oz.
Gene Babb
Lisle, IL
June 5
Chartreuse Northport
Nailer

White Bass
4 pounds
Gene Babb
Lisle, IL
June 6
Chartreuse Northport
Nailer

Catfish
9 lb. 14 oz.
Connie North
Park Ridge, IL
May 4
Pa's Walleye Deep Diver (Purple), with Minnow

Crappie
2 lb. 6 oz.
Jim Williford
Chicago, IL
April 15
Minnow

 

 

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