Prairie State Bassmasters Rules



  Club Rules (Revised December 2010)


1.)  No live bait allowed.

2.)  No trolling allowed.

3.)  All members must wear a life jacket when the main engine is running.

4.)  Only Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass are allowed to be weighed in.

5.)  Weigh-in time will be announced at the monthly meeting prior to each tournament and again at the start of each tournament.

6.)  In order to be weighed in, all fish must meet or exceed the legal lake size limit.

    a.)  Size limit will be announced at the monthly meeting prior to each tournament and again at the start of each tournament.

7.)  There will be a penalty of biggest fish lost if any angler brings a fish to the scale that does not meet the legal size limit.

    a.)  Fish will be measured using the club's bump board with the mouth closed and the tail pinched.  The club's bump board is the official and final measurement.  

8.)  Any member that is late for the weigh-in will be penalized one (1) pound per minute.  After 10 minutes, the member will be disqualified.

9.)  There will be a 8oz (1/2 pound) penalty for the first dead fish an angler weighs in, if any said angler weighs more than one dead fish it will double each fish.

(in ounces, 8-24-48-96- etc.)

10.)  The creel limit will be announced at the monthly meeting prior to each tournament and again at the start of each tournament.

11.)  All tournaments will begin at "Safe Light."  "Safe Light" will be determined by the Tournament Director for each tournament.

12.)  Non-boaters will be paired up with a different boater for each tournament. (Determined at the monthly meeting prior to each tournament by a random draw)

13.)  Take-off order will be determined at the monthly meeting prior to each tournament by a random draw.

14.)  Angler of the Year title will be determined by the angler with the most points at the end of the season.

    a.)  In case of a tie for Angler of the Year based on points, the winner will be determined by the highest cumulative weight for the year.

15.)  Tournament fees will be $30.00 per angler.

    a.)  Big bass pot is $10.00 per angler and is optional.

    b.)  Tournament fees MUST be paid at the monthly meeting prior to each tournament.

    c.)  You MUST contact a club official by phone at least 24 hours prior to a tournament to receive a refund for tournament cancellation. 

16.)  Tournament payout is based on the number of anglers that fish a tournament and will be 90% payout at the ramp.

    a.)  10% will be paid to Prairie State Bassmasters for future club functions.

17.)  The payout will consist of 40% for first, 30% for second and 20% for third.  (based on at least 8 anglers)

18.)  The tournament format will consist of each angler's fish counting only towards their own points. (Not a buddy format)

19.)  The point system will be as follows:

    a.)  Each angler participating in a tournament will receive 25 points.

    b.)  The anglers who catch fish will be awarded points based on total weight of their fish minus penalties and will receive 50 for first, 49 for second, 48 for third and so on.

    c.)  The angler with the biggest bass at each tournament will receive 2 points.

    d.)  Each angler will receive 2 points for each monthly meeting that they attend.

20.)  No alcoholic beverages will be allowed in the boat during tournaments.

21.)  All boaters are required to have a minimum of liability insurance on their boat and provide proof of insurance upon request.

22.)  Boaters must obey posted speed limits and posted no wake signs.  If a boater receives a ticket, he will be disqualified from the tournament.

23.)  Landing nets are allowed.

24.)  Anglers are allowed to fish with only one (1) rod at a time.

25.)  The club will not fish any one lake more than 3 Times per calendar year.

    a.)  The only exception to this rule will be for the "Fall Classic."

26.)  The "Fall Classic" will consist of a 2 day tournament.  Club members will narrow the choices down to three (3) lakes which will be placed into a hat and randomly drawn at the last regular season tournament.  The lake that is drawn from the hat will become the location for the "Fall Classic."

27.)  The top 6 anglers in points will move on to the Illinois Federation Nation State Qualifier.

    a.)  In the event that there are more than 3 boaters who are in the top 6 in points, only the first 3 boaters in points will be the ones to take their boats.  The other boaters will then become non-boaters.

    b.)  In the event that there are more than 3 non-boaters in the top 6 in points, the lowest non-boater in points will have to come up with a boat to use or relinquish his spot and allow the next highest boater to move up.

28.)  Any member not following the club rules will be subject to being removed from the club.

29.)  All members are on a one year probation and may not be allowed to be a member the following year if there is a majority club vote for dismissal.

30.)  In the event an issue should arise that is not covered by one of the rules, the club officers shall discuss the issue and come to a fair decision.  The issue may then be discussed at the next monthly meeting and voted on appropriately.

31.)  Any member finishing in the top 6 MUST have 15 points due to fund raising activities to qualify for the State Qualifier (championship) 5 points per 4 hours of work. Maximum 15 points equaling 12 hours.





ARTICLE I – Name and Purpose

Section 1: Name

This chapter shall be called the: Prairie State Bassmasters

                                                         Bolingbrook, Illinois

Section 2: Purpose

To stimulate public awareness of bass fishing as a major sport. To offer our state conservation department our organized moral and political support and encouragement. To promote full adherence to all conservation codes and to demand adequate water standards. To detect and report any polluter and call public and political attention to his/her crime. To improve our skill as bass anglers through a fellowship of friendly exchange of expert bass-catching techniques and ideas, and to promote and encourage youth fishing and a love for this great recreation. To function as a dynamic and effective link with other chapters of the state BASS Federation Nation, embracing the principles and purposes of BASS®.

ARTICLE II – Membership

Section 1: Number of Members

The chapter shall begin with and maintain at least six members.

Section 2: Requirement for Regular Membership

To become a chapter member, a person shall:

(a) Voluntarily express a genuine interest in membership.

(b) Be a member of BASS (See ARTICLE VI for affiliation requirements.)

(c) Be a member of the state BASS Federation Nation.

(d) Be recommended by two members at a regular monthly meeting.

(e) Be voted on by membership. Vote shall be by secret ballot and

affirmation shall be unanimous.

(f) Be 16 years of age.

Section 3: Requirements for Junior Membership*

To become a junior member of an adult chapter, a person shall:

(a) Voluntarily express a genuine interest in membership.

(b) Be under 16 years of age.

*Junior members are not required to pay national membership dues and are not entitled to the benefits of a regular member. The acceptance of junior members will not affect a club’s liability insurance policy. Junior members may not hold office in an adult club nor may they be voting members. At age 16, junior members may continue membership by joining the club as a regular member. Junior membership ceases on a person’s 16th birthday.

Section 4: Membership Dues

The membership dues shall be $85 annually, initially payable upon being voted into the chapter, $30 of which shall be for Federation Nation dues and $30 of which shall be for chapter dues. BASS membership dues are also required at the current rate. (See ARTICLE VI, Section 1 for state affiliation requirements.)

Section 5: Meetings of Members

The membership shall hold regular meetings at pre-established times.

ARTICLE III – Officers, Elections, Vacancies, and Eligibility

Section 1: Officers and their Duties

The officers of the chapter shall consist of:

(a) President: Preside over all meetings and direct all official business. Appoint and be an ex-officio member of all committees. Supervise all club functions.

(b) Vice President: Act as program chairman, assist the president in his/her duties and preside in the absence of the president.

(c) Secretary: Maintain accurate minutes of all regular and special meetings as called for by the chapter president. Maintain regular liaison between your chapter and the BASS Federation and the state BASS Federation chapter.

(d) Treasurer: Collect and disburse all monies. Maintain accurate financial records and present a current balance report at each regular meeting. Prepare an annual audit for review by the chapter board of directors. The chapter may vote that the treasurer and any other officer handling chapter funds must be bonded.

(e) Conservation Chairman: Serve as liaison between the chapter and state and national conservation/environmental agencies. Plan chapter conservation projects and attend all local and state conservation meetings/hearings.

(f) Youth Chairman: Organize all youth activities and programs. Coordinate youth events and start a Junior Bassmaster Chapter when the chapter is ready for this sponsorship.

Section 2: Elections

The election of officers shall be held annually at a regular meeting during the month of January. Election shall be by simple majority of members present. Election for each officer shall be held separately in the order listed in ARTICLE III, Section 1.

Section 3: Eligibility of Vote

Each member is entitled to one vote. Proxy votes are not permitted.

Section 4: Term of Office

The term of office is for one year, which shall begin on January 1st and end on the last meeting day of December or until the successor assumes office.

Section 5: Vacancies

In the event of an office becoming vacant, nominations shall be asked for and an election held to fill the unexpired term of the individual vacating the office. National BASS headquarters shall be notified immediately of the change of any officers.

Section 6: Eligibility for Holding Office

To be eligible for an office a member must:

(a) Have been a member for six months. (Six months’ requirement waived during first 12 months of chapter existence.)

(b) Have attended at least 75% of the chapter meetings and 75% of chapter functions during a 12-month period.

(c) Have shown an active interest in all chapter functions.

(d) Maintain current BASS membership.

ARTICLE IV – Standing Committees

All standing committees will serve for one year or until a new committee is appointed. The terms of the committee members will coincide with that of the president. Each committee shall elect a chairman.

(a) Board of Directors: The board of directors will consist of seven members: president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, immediate past-president and two members elected at large by majority vote of the members present at the December regular meetings.

(1) The president will call all meetings of the board of directors and

preside at such meetings.

(2) The secretary will record the minutes of these meetings.

(3) The board will rule on all tournament rules infractions, chapter

bylaws violations and all protests when appropriately received.

(4) The board will develop agendas for the monthly meetings.

(b) Youth Committee: The purpose of this committee shall be to plan, organize and implement a chapter youth project; to introduce young people to the goals of BASS; to give them a basis of respect for our national heritage and an appreciation of the basic rules for honesty, integrity, fair play and good sportsmanship; and to give them an introduction to the sheer joy of fishing.

(c) Conservation Committee: The purpose of this committee shall be to protect our natural environment from harmful change; to document and report to the proper authorities violations of local, state and federal anti-pollution laws, statutes, regulations, ordinances and other regulatory devices; to take legal action where appropriate; to undertake informational and educational programs to bring public awareness of threats to our environment; and to take a leadership role in repairing the harm that has already been done to the life-giving waters of America.

(d) Tournament Committee: The purpose of the tournament committee shall be to plan, organize and operate all chapter tournaments. The tournament committee will draft tournament rules, which must then be approved by the general membership. The committee will keep tournament records, enforce all tournament rules, investigate all protests concerning tournaments and make recommendations to the board of directors.

ARTICLE V – Removal of Membership

Section 1: Removal of Membership

Members may be dropped from the membership roll for the following reasons:

(a) Failure to pay dues.

(b) Any action that would reflect dishonor and disgrace on the chapter and/or BASS.

(c) Failure to attend 50% of the chapter meetings and 50% of chapter functions during a 12-month period.

(d) Disqualification for any reason from participating in BASS-sponsored events, including disqualification for use of drugs or alcohol.

Note: Military deployment exempt.

ARTICLE VI – Affiliation

Section 1: Requirements for Affiliation

(a) Approval of chapter charter by BASS.

(b) Update BASS with chapter membership roster once each year. Annual update cycle begins each year on Nov. 1.

(c) Names and addresses of new members joining the chapter during the year must be submitted online to BASS as they occur. (See ARTICLE II, Section 3 for dues requirements.)

(d) Maintain 100% BASS membership.

(e) Must affiliate with the state Federation Nation and support its conservation and youth programs. Any additional requirements that the state Federation establishes for chapters, such as membership, dues, attendance at meetings, etc., would be necessary for the chapter to participate in the state Federation qualifying tournament(s) and any other Federation Nation-sponsored tournaments or events.

ARTICLE VII – Method of Amending the Bylaws

Section 1: Amending the Bylaws

The bylaws may be amended at any regular meeting by a two-thirds vote of the members present, provided written notice of the proposed amendment has been presented to the membership at least one regular meeting prior to the vote.

We, the undersigned charter members, do hereby agree to the above bylaws and the commencement of the chapter on this the 7th day of December, 2009.

Travis Hendrix

Roumel Reynon

Steve Edson

Bob Goy

Peter Laniosz

George Laniosz