So being curious about the upcoming tournament i had decided to do some basic research about the lake and will share a bit of the important things i found for the lake. The lake itself is about a 2 hour drive south from campus. To boat on the lake it does require permits that can be bought online and they do cost according to how many horses the engine has. and there has to be proof of insurance. www.vandaliaillinois.com/lake_boating.html There is a max speed of only 45 MPH but it is only about a 3 mile long lake. It is what i see as a giant cross. There was a survey done by the DNR for what type of structure and habitat the shoreline has. www.vandaliaillinois.com/permits/vandalia_lake.pdf Fishing reports are very far and few in between, the only good one i could find was one from may of 09 i don't think it will do us much good but it is a start, they were saying that they were getting nothing near the grass, and the bass tend to be more towards the wood based structure.
Other than that if there is anything that anyone else has found i thought this would be a great idea to start to bring the ideas together, so we can go out and win this. I was planning on heading down there one of these upcoming weekends, if you have any interest my number is 224-944-7337.