Rock Falls Events

Bass Pro Shop's Big Cat Quest 2017 | Rock Falls, IL

June 24th - June 25th 2017

Rock Falls, IL, April 17, 2017 Rock Falls Tourism is excited to announce that Rock Falls, IL is host to Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest, the Midwest Qualifier for the 2017 National Championship which will be held in New Madrid, Missouri,-Mississippi River! The Rock Falls, IL tournament has a $10,000 guaranteed payback in cash and prizes.



On Saturday, June 24th and Sunday, June 25th 2017, the Rock River will explode with Big Cat action that is both fun and family friendly. Teams of two or three anglers will compete in this two-day action packed tournament which has anglers striving to produce a prize winning top 5 fish. The tournament will weigh-in fish on both Saturday and Sunday beginning at 3:00 p.m. at the Rock Falls riverfront venue. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy watching the anglers weighing in the biggest catfish of the day.

This two-day tournament stop is open to both amateurs and pro fishers alike. The registration cost is $200.00 for a 2 angler team and $250.00 for a 3 angler team. All children 12 years old and younger fish for free. Early bird registration will be available starting May 2, 2017 and entry forms are available at the Rock Falls Tourism office, the website or The fishing area is from the Rockton dam to the Rock Island dam, just short of the state line at the Mississippi River. The tourney is guaranteeing $10,000 in cash and prizes.

Fishing starts at 6AM with the weigh-ins from 3 to 4 p.m. both days at the riverfront stage. The 1st 100 fishermen to sign up receives a one-of-a-kind Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest-Rock Falls T-shirt!


ROCK FALLS OUTDOOR SHOW Saturday June 25th 11AM-6PM | Sunday June 25th 11AM-5PM

New this Year during Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest Rock Falls, IL is an Outdoor Show focusing on outdoor sports, conservation & recreation! Below is a short list of vendors for the event.


MAJESKI MOTORS STERLING/DIXON, IL - Who's ready to beat the current IL State Record for Catfish caught by Hook & Line during Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest in Rock Falls IL June 24-25 2017?!?! If you beat the current Illinois State record, you could win a truck through Majeski Motors Sterling/Dixon, IL! Trucks will be on display during the tournament.

BO’S BAIT & TACKLE - Bo’s Bait & Tackle of Rock Falls, IL will be the exclusive bait & tackle shop during Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest Fishing Tournament. They are a new bait shop in Rock Falls, IL and have all your fishing needs for the tournament and for pre-fishing!

PHEASANTS FOREVER WHITESIDE COUNTY CHAPTER #811 - Pheasants Forever will be representing the Whiteside County Chapter with a vendor booth at the tournament. Pheasants/Quail Forever's concerted effort to actively recruit conservation leaders for the future is part of the organization's No Child Left Indoors Initiative. As part of this effort, their organization is dedicated to working with members, chapters, and conservation partners to provide opportunities for youth and their families to share their outdoor traditions.

IL CONSERVATION POLICE TRAILER - The trailer has a display featuring fish and wildlife native to Illinois, along with various informational brochures!! Two Conservation Police Officers and the trailer will be present both Saturday June 24th & Sunday June 25th to answer questions. Don't miss this!!!

STORYBOOK TRAIL at the Riverfront - University of Illinois Extension Master Naturalist will be at the riverfront with a mini-Storybook trail for the kids to walk and read with a fishing activity at the end! This mini-trail is a representation of the actual 1 mile permanent path in Rock Falls, Illinois that features the pages of a children’s storybook with activities centered on the story along the way.

FLIPSIDE COFFEE & ESPRESSO BAR – Valerie will be offering not only coffee for the early morning fisherman, she’ll have water soda, lemonade and teas all day, both days! 

Additional Info

  • Event Date(s): June 24th - June 25th 2017
  • Event Organization: Rock Falls Tourism
  • Event Contact Name: Janell Loos
  • Event Contact Phone: (815) 622-1106
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