From the Belleville News-Democrat:

_Interest in the Illinois High School Association bass fishing state series has spiked this year….

_An additional 27 schools have signed up for the second season of competitive bass fishing in Illinois, bringing the total to 226. Last year, 199 schools participated in the inaugural season….

“A lot of schools in Southern Illinois kind of took a wait-and-see attitude. They saw it turned out to be pretty good and jumped in, which is great[,”said IHSA assistant executive director Dave Ganaway].