Fourth annual bowfishing tournament returns July 21

Bowfishing enthusiasts should make plans now for the fourth annual Kaskaskia River Rough Fish Roundup bowfishing tournament on Saturday, July 21 on the Kaskaskia River at Wood Duck Marina near Baldwin. The tournament is hosted by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ Kaskaskia River State Fish and Wildlife Area (SFWA).

The tournament will be a daytime event taking place from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on July 21, and will consist of both a boat and a walking/shore division. The boat division will feature a Big 10 format, and the walking/shore division will feature a Big 3 format. Big fish and small fish contests will also be held.

Boat division teams may be comprised of one to four members. Both divisions will be 100 percent payback. Payback amounts and the number of places paid will be based on the number of entries, with payout guaranteed for the top three places in both divisions. Trailering will be allowed to any public access ramp or landing within the Kaskaskia River SFWA. Takeoff will be in the order of registration, and participants may pre-register by emailing joseph.middleton@illinois.gov or dayleann.morgan@illinois.gov, or participants may register on site the morning of the event. The tournament will be limited to a total of 40 boats, so pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

In addition to the monetary prizes, an array of bowfishing attendance prizes will be available to all entrants.

For more on the annual bowfishing tournament, please see this week’s print edition.