Heavy Rain Forces Fishing Championship To Be Postponed

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CARLYLE LAKE, MO (KTVI)-- The heavy spring rains have forced yet another major high school sporting event to be postponed.

Like so many rivers and lakes in the region, Carlyle Lake has pushed out of its banks. And that`s forced the Illinois State High School Activities Association to postpone this weekend`s High School Bass Fishing Championship.

This will be the 6th year for the high school level fishing championship. The first time was in 2008.  The tournament has had to battle high water in the past.  In 2011, there was a six week delay because of flooding on the lake and while the water isn`t anywhere near record levels, state officials felt they needed to err on the side of caution, especially when considering the stormy weather expected over the weekend.

While this weekend`s tournament has been put on hold, businesses that depend on the lake want potential visitors to know this lake and most of the other attractions are still open and safe.

Going back to that tournament, the Southern Illinois Tourism Bureau says this weekend is big business here, with a total impact of about $130,000.  Which is why they are thrilled to know the state plans to try and get this tournament rescheduled for sometime later this May.