High school anglers compete on Tampier Lake

High school anglers seek edge in fishing tournament on Tampier Lake

Few fish were biting Monday morning at Tampier Lake near Orland Park. That’s OK, because a bad day fishing is usually better than a good day at work, or in this case, school.

Flooding at the Skokie Lagoons forced the Illinois High School Association to move a sectional bass fishing tournament to Tampier Lake. It was the first time since 2011 a high school playoff competition took place on the lake, where members of the public can fish from shore or rent boats and try their luck on the water.

“I like coming out here. It’s peaceful,” said Max Forst, 17, of Berwyn. Forst competed in the tournament with a team from Fenwick High School in Oak Park, where he also is a linebacker on the football team.

“It’s two different worlds,” he said.

The IHSA introduced bass fishing as a competitive high school activity in 2009. While it may seem like a sensible activity to engage students in rural areas, the sport also draws numerous competitors from schools in Chicago and the suburbs….Full Story