Here's a roundup of our favorite photos from the last Hard Water Classic, as we gear up for the 2022 event, which will run from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12 at Silver Lake at Blackwell Forest Preserve in Warrenville.
Bob Malek of Chicago won the grand prize for landing a 29.375-inch northern pike. He won a gas-powered auger and a $125 gift ...
Shawn Ruggerio of Lombard won second place with a 26.75-inch northern pike, earning him a $100 gift card to a local sporting ...
In the largemouth bass category, James Kohout of Wheaton won first place with a 16.25-inch fish, followed by Julien Benter ...
Julien Benter of West Chicago came in second place in the largemouth bass category with a 15.375-inch fish. He won a $100 ...
For bluegill/sunfish, Luis Vasquez Jr. of Berwyn came in first place with an 8.875-inch fish, and Justin Benter of West ...
In the crappie category, Austin Seaver of Lombard won first place with a 10-inch fish.
Kristin Chase of Lisle won a pink tip-up for the biggest catch of the day by a woman for a 7.375-inch bluegill.
Mary Klostermann of Elburn won a pink tip-up for the biggest catch of the day by a woman for her 7.875-inch crappie.
In the bluegill/sunfish category, Justin Benter of West Chicago captured both second and third place spots for catching two ...
In the crappie category, Roger Nelson of Bloomingdale came in second with a 9.875-inch fish.
An aerial view of the 2018 Hard Water Classic.
Hard Water Classic 2018 participants gather for prizes at the end of the tourney.
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