Illinois fishermen are among the most active and passionate in the nation and our goal with the 2019 Rock Falls Big Cat Quest Catfishing Tournament is to give them an outlet for this passion. The tournament boundaries will begin at the Rockton Boat Ramp near Rockford, IL, and end at any boat ramp in Rock Island, IL .
In 2017, the tournament had 42 boats and in 2018, 51 boats registered for the tournament. We expect over 60 boats in 2019. We are proud to work with Bo’s Bait & Tackle in their 1st Annual Youth Fishing Extravaganza September 28 from 8AM-11AM.
We have the Rock River. The most sought after of the sport fish in the Rock are the catfish, with both channel catfish and flathead catfish abundant and of trophy size. In fact, the Rock River is one of the best rivers in the state for catching trophy size catfish!
Our advisory board consists of Denny Halgren, celebrity & local fishing guide, Mark Searing, City of Rock Falls Building Inspector, Mike Doyle owner of Bo’s Bait & Tackle and Janell Loos, Director of Tourism & Events for the City of Rock Falls Tourism Department.
Our hope is to continue the fishing tournament in Rock Falls, IL for many years to come.
Eric Carlson and Crystal Mannella of Hell's Anglers are excited to be making the MC debut at Rock Falls Big Cat Fishing Tournament! Join us for 2-days of action packed fishing and see if Crystal & Eric will be there to announce the winner of a truck from Majeski Motors. Beat the current IDNR Illinois State Record for Catfish caught by Hook & Line and Set the NEW Record during RFBC Fishing Tournament- you can win a truck worth over $33,000 from Majeski Motors, JJM Printing and Rock Falls SuperWash Car Wash. There can be only one...winner that is! The winner with the largest catfish that sets the new record will win the truck.
A group of hardcore anglers who wanna share pics and story's, about fishing and fishing related topics and fishing reports around the U.S. and Canada. We promote CPR especially on trophy fish. Its not mandatory to release but you will get educated on how important it can be to your fishery.