Indiana : Lake Santee Brownie's Open

Event Schedule

Date Lake Launch Ramp Time Results
09/24/2023Lake SanteeMain Ramp7:00 am - 1:00 pmView
09/22/2024Lake SanteeMain Ramp7:00 am - 1:00 pmN/A

Top Standings

Place Team Points
1 Bryce Lower / Chandler Jennings100
2 Joe Fuentes / Mikel Fuentes99
3 Stacey Tuley / Ronnie Tuley98
4 Charles "butch" Mikesell / Marco Mikesell97
5 Leroy Mcqueen / Danny Mcqueen96
6 Craig Duncan / Kyle Hohenberger95
7 Eric 2 Johnson / Steve Hanson94
8 Joseph Ford / Michelle Simpson50
View All Standings

Red indicates a next generation team.
Blue indicates a coed team.

Contact Division Staff

Director

Chip Ayers
504 S. Poplar St.
Greensburg, IN 47240
812-593-8915
hayers@isp.in.gov

Assistant Director

Lisa Ayers
504 S. Poplar St.
Greensburg, IN 47240
317-750-1782
layers@isp.in.gov

 

 

News

Brownies Marine Lake Santee Open News

Lake Santee Open Information, Regulations, Tournament Rules, and Registration

***Please check this page prior to each Tournament.   Any changes or cancellations will be posted on here up until 9:00 PM the night before a scheduled tournament.*

April 14, 2024

JUST ONE WEEK REMAINS!!!

Teams are encouraged to obtain their 2024 memberships prior to the morning of our first tournament. This can best be accomplished by doing so online. But, REMEMBER, 2024 cards will be mailed from the office via USPS so there could be a delay in receiving them prior to the event should you choose this option so plan accordingly! Cards will be available on the morning of the tournament for teams who choose to register the day of the event as well. 

We are extremely happy to announce that Michael Massey and all the wonderful folks at Brownie's Marine in Fairland, Indiana will once again be the title sponsor for the 2024 Lake Santee Division! Brownie's Marine be providing the 2024 Division Champions with beautiful one-of-a-kind plaques for being the top points earning team for the entire season as well as awards for each and every event of the 2024 season. WOW! Thank you, Michael!! These beautiful awards have been designed by Tournament Wear of Ocklawaha, Florida.

If you are in the market for a new or pre-owned boat, be sure to check out Brownies Marine just up the road in Fairland, IN. You won't be sorry! Also, REMEMBER... as one of America's Top Thirty White River Marine Dealers, Brownies' Marine has factory trained and certified service technicians on site to service all you watercraft's needs!

God Bless,

Chip & Lisa Ayers

February 24, 2024

We are extremely happy to announce that Michael Massey and all the wonderful folks at Brownie's Marine in Fairland, Indiana have once again graciously agreed to be the title sponsor for the 2024 Lake Santee Open! Now, not only will Brownie's Marine be sponsoring each of the Lake Santee IN-47 Division tournament's First Place and Big Bass awards, designed by Tournament Wear of Ocklawaha, Florida, but they will also award the Lake Santee Open Champions beautiful one-of-a-kind plaques for being the top team for the event.

If you are in the market for a new or pre-owned boat, be sure to check out Brownies Marine just up the road in Fairland, IN. You won't be sorry! Also, don't forget... Brownies has factory trained and certified service technicians on site to service all you watercraft needs!

God Bless,

Chip & Lisa Ayers

October 11, 2023

On September 24th, several teams took part in the final Lake Santee Bass Tournament of the 2023 season.  This annual event, often referred to as the “End of Summer Tournament”, is officially the Brownie’s Marine Open and is a great opportunity for our members to not only take part in an awesome bass tournament but share a meal afterwards along with some great fellowship and a chance to trade fish stories.

The winners of this year’s tournament were the team of Chandler Jennings and Bryce Lower.  Chandler and Bryce have been hotter than firecrackers recently and this day was no different as the team brought four bass to the scales which totaled 11.30 pounds.  Second place was taken by Joe and Mikel Fuentes with three bass weighing 9.93 lbs. while third was captured by Ron Tuley with three bass weighing 7.07 pounds.  Big bass expert Marco Mikesell and his dad Butch landed the day’s lunker, a 4.61 lb. brute.  Great job to all our fishermen and women!

As mentioned earlier, once the tournament was concluded, there were some great eats that were provided for our anglers.  The wonderful smell must have travelled because a large number of folks showed up to eat that weren’t even in the tournament…  A huge thank you to Brownie’s Marine lead salesman, Steve Hanson, for going above and beyond!  Steve not only sells Ranger, Nitro, Tracker (as well as all the other White River Marine lines), but he also owns a food truck as well, Weenies On Wheels.  Steve graciously provided hotdogs with all the fixin’s, chips and drinks for our teams.  You can find Steve and Weenies on Wheels on Facebook so give it a follow!

We definitely can’t leave out Lake Santee’s own Bob Kassee, who brought a pot of his fantastic chili for everyone to enjoy along with the other food.  Thank you, Steve & Bob!

Of course, a heartfelt THANK YOU once again goes to Michael Massey and all the awesome folks at Brownie’s Marine just up the road in Fairland, IN for their continued sponsorship of our tournaments.  We couldn’t do all that we do without them.

With this event being the last tournament of the season, the next course of business so to speak will be our annual purchase of adult largemouth bass to be stocked in our Lake Santee.  As most are aware, U.S.A. Bassin anglers donate cash at each tournament for the supplemental purchase and subsequent stocking of bass into Lake Santee. To date, our anglers have voluntarily purchased and stocked well over 2,000 adult largemouth bass into Lake Santee for everyone’s benefit.  We will once again be purchasing the bass from Clear Creek Fisheries, LLC of Martinsville, IN.  It should be noted that Clear Creek Fisheries meets and exceeds all the requirements in Lake Santee’s continued invasive species initiative protocols implemented by the L.S.P.O.A. board.  THANK YOU to our anglers for helping improve our community by continuing to pay it forward for over the last decade and thank you to Clear Creek Fisheries owner Eric Hess for partnering with us to make this possible!

Speaking of the season winding down, many boat owners are faced with the task of the dreaded winterization of their vessels.  Mother Nature’s cold temperatures can quickly destroy many of the systems on today’s advanced boats.  Remember Brownie’s Marine offers professional and certified winterization services as well as a full line of winterization products for those boat owners inclined to do their own. 

Until next time, please take time to introduce your children to the beautiful outdoors by taking them fishing, hunting, or simply getting them outside to enjoy our Hoosier state for themselves… And as always, don’t forget to PLEASE PRACTICE CATCH AND RELEASE on all of Lake Santee’s bass!

God Bless,

Chip & Lisa Ayers

September 24, 2023

The 2023 Brownie's Marine Lake Santee Open is in the books.  The highlights from the day were a tough bite, good food afterwards, and awesome fellowship among a great bunch of friends!

More information will be forthcoming!

God Bless,

Lisa & Chip Ayers

January 13, 2023

New for 2023-2024 seasons!!! Brownies Marine Sales has come on board as our USA Bassin Lake Santee Open sponsor for this year's tournament. Lots of exciting opportunities are in the works. A HUGE THANK YOU to Michael Massey, Steve Hanson, and all the fine folks at Brownies for their support!

Be sure to stop into Brownie's Marine near Fairland, IN and tell Michael and Steve, "Thank You!". It is businesses like Brownie's that allow us to take part in one of the best divisions in our area!

God Bless,

Chip & Lisa

October 31, 2022

We have posted a TENTATIVE date for the 2023 Lake Santee Open.  This date may not be finalized for several weeks, so please continue to check back periodically.

Thank you for your patience.

God Bless,

Chip & Lisa Ayers

September 29, 2022

On September 25th, 2022 twelve teams made up of Lake Santee members and their guests took part in the final USA Bassin’ tournament of the season.  The morning started off a tad bit rough with a thunderstorm and abundant lightening overhead. While the unpleasant weather moved out quickly and our anglers were able to resume fishing, the bass became predictably more difficult to locate.  However, as can be expected, someone always figures out the combination to make the bass bite and this month was no different. The father and son team of Butch and Marco Mikesell returned to their winning ways, well doubling the weight of their nearest competition with five beautiful bass which weighed 16.14 pounds.  Finishing a distant, but respectable for the conditions, second place was the team of Mike Griffith and Joe Ford with two bass totaling 7.04 lbs.  Third place was captured by Trey Lowder, fishing with his son, Nathan, as a sub for his normal partner, with a 5.55 lb. giant bass which also captured the tournament’s big bass. Many of our fishermen said they had their best results on a combination of topwater, soft plastic baits, and jigs.  Congratulations everyone on a tough day of fishing!

Following the tournament, most of our anglers stayed around and enjoyed some wonderful barbequed brisket provided by Lake Santee’s own Bob Kasee and boy, was it was delicious! This is another example of the great fellowship which our angling members share in at these family-oriented events!  Thank you, Bob, for being a great friend to the fishing members!

As mentioned earlier, this was the final event of the 2022 season. We would like to thank all of our sponsors who donated to our tournaments and help make them the success events which they are.

Until next season, remember, PLEASE PRACTICE CATCH AND RELEASE on all of Lake Santee’s bass!

God Bless,

Chip & Lisa Ayers

September 25, 2022

The results for the 2022 USA Bassin' Lake Santee Open are posted. While twelve teams took part in the event, only the results of those teams which are 2023 USA Bassin' members will appear. 

The Top Four teams recorded in the standings are also the overall top finishers.

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the event! See you all in 2023!!

God Bless,

Chip & Lisa Ayers

August 7,2022

IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING THE 2022 USA BASSIN LAKE SANTEE OPEN

Lake Santee is a private lake managed by a home owners association, the Lake Santee Property Owner’s Association.  With that being said, all rules and bylaws enacted by the homeowner’s association must take precedence, first and foremost.  We have received several inquiries concerning eligibility to take part in our tournament.  According to the by-laws, only boats registered to property owners who are members in good standing of the association are permitted access to the lake.  In addition, one member of the tournament team must be an association member or immediate family member (spouse, child, etc.).  This rule, unfortunately, does sometimes exclude participation by teams who don’t meet those requirements.

With all that being said, THERE ARE NUMEROUS LOTS FOR SALE at Lake Santee!  These lots can be purchased for very reasonable prices and, in doing so, allows the owner(s) full access to the lake and all included privileges.  Interested parties may contact the Lake Santee Property Owners Association office at (812) 527-2943 six days a week to learn more about the community and obtain lists of lots for sale and local real estate agents' contact information.

If you are interested in becoming a part of one of the Midwest’s premiere bass fishing lakes, take a few minutes and research Lake Santee.  As tournament directors, our goal is to include as many anglers in our events, not exclude them.  However, we must abide by the association’s bylaws to do so. 

Thank you to everyone for their understanding in this matter.

God Bless,

Chip & Lisa Ayers

February 20, 2022

Save the date! This year's USA Bassin Lake Santee Open/End of Summer Event will be Sunday, September 25, 2022. More information will be forthcoming as the date approaches.

October 18, 2021

Congratulations to Team McQueen for their 2021 Lake Santee Open win!

The brothers rode Dan's 5.18 lb. big bass to a limit which totaled 14.94 pounds to take top honors at the event. The pair's efforts topped the twelve teams who took part in this open event which saw every fisherman (and ladies!) bring keeper bass to the scales.

We would like to thank our season’s trophy sponsor, Paul Pank and all the great folks at R.W. Baird Financial in Greensburg, IN for their continued support. Our anglers also appreciated all the great tackle that Jeff Litchfield of Litchfield Lures graciously donated for our fishing folks to put into use. We are truly blessed to be supported by so many great businesses.

As most will recall, our bass tournament teams donate money throughout the year in order to purchase adult bass each fall to supplement the population of our lake’s fishery. This year will be no different. Arrangements are again being made to purchase largemouth bass from Clear Creek Fishery in Martinsville, IN for stocking in Lake Santee by our tournament teams. Thank you to our anglers for your continued support of our efforts and our great community.

As the fishing season winds down, many of our members will turn their attention to the woods and afield. We wish everyone success and good health for the remainder of 2021 and into 2022. Plans are already underway to make next season even bigger and better.

Until next time, tight lines and remember to PLEASE PRACTICE CATCH AND RELEASE on all of Lake Santee’s bass!

God Bless,

Chip & Lisa Ayers

September 22, 2021

Our final bass tournament of the 2021 season will be held this coming Sunday, September 26th at beautiful Lake Santee. The tournament hours will be 7AM until 1PM and, as customary, we will take off from the main beach area. This is an USA Bassin OPEN tournament, so no USA Bassin membership will be required for this event. However, as a reminder, Lake Santee is a private lake so all association rules must be followed.

The entry fee is $65 for this event. We will also be collecting the $2 bass restocking fee, for a total of $67.

Included in the entry fee for this tournament will be the team's entry into the Uncle Sam Bass Challenge. This is a separate chance for teams to win over $2000 this month by simply matching the mystery weight which will be randomly drawn at the end of September.

Come on out and join the fun at Lake Santee.. You'll be sorry you didn't in just a few short weeks!!

Please be sure to read the Important Information contained below concerning eligibility for this tournament.

Stay tuned!

God Bless,

Chip & Lisa Ayers

IMPORTANT INFORMATION CONCERNING THE USA BASSIN LAKE SANTEE OPEN

Lake Santee is a private lake managed by a home owners association, the Lake Santee Property Owner’s Association.  With that being said, all rules and bylaws enacted by the homeowner’s association must take precedence, first and foremost.  We have received several inquiries concerning eligibility to take part in our tournament.  According to the by-laws, only boats registered to property owners who are members in good standing of the association are permitted access to the lake.  In addition, one member of the tournament team must be an association member or immediate family member (spouse, child, etc.).  This rule, unfortunately, does sometimes exclude participation by teams who don’t meet those rquirements.

With all that being said, THERE ARE NUMEROUS LOTS FOR SALE at Lake Santee!  These lots can be purchased for very reasonable prices and, in doing so, allows the owner(s) full access to the lake and all included privileges.  Interested parties may contact the Lake Santee Property Owners Association office at (812) 527-2943 six days a week to learn more about the community and obtain lists of lots for sale and local real estate agents contact information.

If you are interested in becoming a part of one of the Midwest’s best bass fishing lakes, take a few minutes and research Lake Santee.  As tournament directors, our goal is to include as many anglers in our events, not exclude them.  However, we must abide by the association’s bylaws to do so. 

Thank you to everyone for their understanding in this matter.

God Bless,

Chip & Lisa Ayers

Photos

  • 2021 Lake Santee Open Winners

Records

Division Champions

  • 2024 Bryce Lower / Chandler Jennings
  • 2023 Charles "butch" Mikesell / Marco Mikesell
  • 2022 Leroy Mcqueen / Danny Mcqueen

Season Standings

Tournament Winners

  • 09/24/2023 Bryce Lower / Chandler Jennings
  • 09/25/2022 Charles "butch" Mikesell / Marco Mikesell
  • 09/26/2021 Leroy Mcqueen / Danny Mcqueen

Highest Season Weight

  • 2024 11.30 lbs. Bryce Lower / Chandler Jennings
  • 2023 16.14 lbs. Charles "butch" Mikesell / Marco Mikesell
  • 2022 14.94 lbs. Leroy Mcqueen / Danny Mcqueen

Highest Winning Weight

  • 2024 11.30 lbs. Bryce Lower / Chandler Jennings
  • 2023 16.14 lbs. Charles "butch" Mikesell / Marco Mikesell
  • 2022 14.94 lbs. Leroy Mcqueen / Danny Mcqueen

Lowest Winning Weight

  • 2024 11.30 lbs. Bryce Lower / Chandler Jennings
  • 2023 16.14 lbs. Charles "butch" Mikesell / Marco Mikesell
  • 2022 14.94 lbs. Leroy Mcqueen / Danny Mcqueen

Big Bass

  • 2024 4.61 lbs. Charles "butch" Mikesell / Marco Mikesell
  • 2023 5.55 lbs. Trey Lowder / Eric Bowser
  • 2022 5.18 lbs. Leroy Mcqueen / Danny Mcqueen

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