Fish habitats made by Eagle Scout Eli Crockett are placed on Wednesday, July 15, in Lake Decatur.
Lake Decatur will play host to a Crappie USA regional qualifying competition on Saturday, May 8.
Crappie anglers from across the country will compete for a $10,000 payout.
The Decatur event is a Region 3 qualifier in the new CUSA regional competition. Participating anglers must be a member of the American Crappie Association.
Teams may consist of one or two anglers, with a third member allowed if the angler is under the age of 16. Registration is available on the CUSA website at
Teams can also enter by calling 502-384-5924 or by entering at the mandatory pre-tournament seminar on the night before the tournament begins.
A late registration and a pre-tournament seminar will be held Friday, May 7, at the Decatur Conference Center & Hotel, 4191 West U.S. Highway 36, Decatur. Call 217-422-8800 for more information.
Late sign-in is from 5 to 7 p.m. The seminar is open to the public, allowing the community to meet some of the region’s top crappie anglers.
A free Crappie Kids Fishing Rodeo will be held the day of the tournament at the Nelson Park Boat Ramp. An adult must accompany participating children. The event is for children 12 years of age and under.
Registration for the Kids Rodeo is at 8 a.m. with fishing from 9 to 11 a.m.
History photos: Fun on Lake Decatur
1984: Searching for ways to cool off is one of the "hottest" activities these days in Central Illinois as summer wears on. Shelly Riggs (left), Gary Edwards and Richard Edwards, all of Decatur, find a boat dock on Lake Decatur the perfect place to soak up some sunshine and cool off in the water at the same time.
Catchings some Zs
1989: If nothing else, Rick Comer caught some Zs. The Terre Haute, Ind., man was fishing off a dock on Lake Decatur Thursday when the warm sun lulled him into a nap. Comer was visiting the Michelle Stark family of Decatur. The strong sun - a welcome sight- made the 68-degree high temperature seem warmer.
To each his own
1988: Taking full advantage of Tuesday's record-breaking July-in-April temperatures on lake Decatur were sailboater Dave Lee and fisherman Dan Taylor, who is from Fairview Heights. Tuesday's high temperature reached 85 degrees, breaking the old mark of 84, which was set in 1929.
1989: These fishermen try their luck Thursday near the opening cut in the temporary dam at Rea's Bridge
Floating water bed
1989: It was a relaxing way to start the Fourth of July weekend for Randy Allen, who gave the appearance of having a floating water bed Friday near the boat docks on Lake Decatur. Allen was enjoying the day's near-perfect 88-degree high temperature.
Taking it easy
1970: A bright, sunny day is for taking it easy, and that's what this couple is doing, unmindful of the boats sailing on Lake Decatur.
1981: "Red sky at night, sailors delight; red sky in the morning, sailors take warning." The sky over Decatur was unusually red during Wednesday's sunset, which augured well for these sailors on Lake Decatur.
Sh-h-h-h, quiet please
1990: Ron White relaxes on an air mattress near a buoy on Lake Decatur Sunday after playing a round of golf with two of his friends. White, who has a boat docked at the marina, was waiting to go out water skiing with his buddies.
Beautiful balmy evening
1992: Sam Blair, 16, enjoyed a beautiful balmy evening and sunset in Decatur Friday as he fished off a bridge on Lost Bridge Road. Decatur recorded a high of 85 Friday, while Hillsboro recorded 88 - the high for Central Illinois. More of the same is expected throughout Labor Day weekend with showers possible Sunday and Monday.
Warm stroll on cold water
1981: Teen-agers (from left) Loronzo Davis, Mike Landers and Bill Bryles walked on the ice on Lake Decatur Saturday, drawing the notice of the ducks, who wasted no time heading skyward. The three also drew the attention of the photographer because of their spring attire.
1987: Tom sly, 67, found a way to beat the heat Wednesday as he pulls up his wind surfing board and sails.
The water's fine
1988: The sun's warm and the water's sparkling. Join a group of Central Illinoisans as they enjoy one of the city's finest resources - Lake Decatur.
1985: Central Illinois lakes such as Lake Decatur are attractions for tourists.
1990: Brothers Mike and Jim Kresse of Decatur cast their lines Wednesday along the Lake Decatur docks, in search of crappie. The warmer weather will bring more company for fishermen such as the Kresses.
Hanging in there
1991: While the wind filling their sails wasn't as brisk as they had hoped, Decatur residents Patty Cutright and Dave Berndt spent part of Monday afternoon wind surfing on Lake Decatur. Cutright, a physical education instructor, just recently took up the sport, but Berndt has been pursuing windsurfing for more than five years.
The Yankee Lady, a 19-foot sailboat belonging to former Decatur resident Jack Bankson, took a turn about Lake Decatur Sunday afternoon. Bankson, in front above, now lives in Mebane N.C.., but returned to visit relatives on a Christmas cruise. Behind Bankson is his son-in-law, Mike Jackson; also on board were Charles Hughes, another son-in-law, and Rick Taylor. the Yankee Lady is to sail today, also.
1992: Nice weather Sunday stimulated plenty of lake activity as people boated, water skied, picnicked and fished. Nick Imel, 8, tried his luck by dropping his line under Lost Bridge with his father Steve.
1966: The "Decatur Belle" an excursion boat now making runs on Lake Decatur, took its first passengers aboard Friday. The passengers were a group of 80 Latham grade school pupils. The boat will make hourly cruises beginning at noon each day except Sunday, when rides will begin at 10 a.m. The trips will cover the two basins of the lake on each side of Lost Bridge.
1948: D. R. Hill of Decatur demonstrates a new Higgins "Sport Speedster" of which he is the Decatur distributor. With a top cruising speed of 44 miles an hour, Mr. Hill believes his speedster is the fastest boat on Lake Decatur
Sand Creek Bridge
1950: When it gets too hot for comfort, according to these boys, the best relief is to dive off Sand Creek bridge, across Lake Decatur, near Danceland. These youths would be hotter, however, if they were caught in this escapade. Swimming in Lake Decatur is permitted only where lifeguards are on duty.
1948: This seaplane has been put on Lake Decatur by Clarence Bowman, Spangler Heights. A Cub, with floats attached, has been based at a dock on the lake near the home of Mr. Bowman. The plane will be flown under a charter as a non-profit flying club. The plane was based previously at St. Louis.
1989: What a difference a year makes! Dale Zimmer of Decatur plies through the simmering waters of Lake Decatur.
Evening canoe ride
1963: Jim Downey and Bob Musson, staff members at Camp Robert Faries, enjoy an evening canoe ride on Lake Decatur. The Boy Scouts are offered swimming, canoeing, rowing, lifesaving, archery, mo-skeet and have a handicrafts program at the camp. Mo-skeet is a form of trap shooting with b-b's or small shot. The boys cook one meal outdoors each day with the other two served in the dining hall. The camp also has complete badge programs and instruction in caring for axes and knives.
1963: W.G. Traver and grandson Andy Zeaman ride in the "Scratcher"
1993: Chris Carnahan, Richard Myers and Joshua Butts stopped their bike ride long enough to skip a few rocks on Lake Decatur in Nelson Park Friday afternoon. In addition to Easter, the boys are looking forward to a four-day weekend that's predicted to be in the upper 60s, but with a chance of showers each day. Many Central Illinois residents took advantage of the day off from work or school Friday to go to the parks or to attend special Good Friday services where they worship.
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