Once you've seen the Monroe BFL data, the next likely question is what about Patoka? Here you go.
A quick look at the numbers tells you that Patoka has been a much better fishery compared to Monroe. Average winning weight is nearly 2 pounds better (16.7 lbs. vs. 14.7 lbs.), and there have been several winning sacks over 20 pounds caught. Looking down the chart at 10th and 25th places confirms this thought. On average, 10th place Patoka anglers weigh 2.5 pounds better sacks, and 25th place anglers weigh about 2 pounds more than on Monroe, though the median value is just a pound better. One thing, though, is that you tend to see a bit more variability at all three positions on Patoka. That is reflected by the peaks and dips you see on the chart above.
A couple other interesting observations to note. First is that outside of a single Super Tournament, the Hoosier Division bypassed Patoka on it's schedule from 1994 - 1999. I can't say what the reason is for that, though it could be tied to permit availability. Another possibility is that for anyone that fished Patoka in the late 80s and early 90s, you'll remember that it sucked as far as keepers were concerned. There was a ton of little bass, and it was almost luck to run into a keeper out there. That had prompted DNR to put a slot limit on the lake, and many tournament circuits ran just the high side of the slot with a 15" limit, so perhaps all that had something to do with the decision to not go there.
Another interesting thing is the trend of catches at all three positions. Like Monroe, the trend for winning sacks at Patoka has been positive, where it keeps taking more weight (on average) to win over there. However, unlike Monroe that has flat or positive trendlines at the 10th and 25th place sacks, Patoka weights have been steadily dropping at those two positions, definite declining trendlines. What's it mean? My first inclination would be that while we're seeing more quality fish on the high end of the scale, we're seeing less keepers overall being caught. I'd have to run those numbers to be certain, but it appears like a possible recruitment problem for smaller bass, where there are less and less "keepers" being produced. It's something we should probably keep an eye on over the coming years.
I haven't decided if I'll tackle the river data yet. The overwhelming majority of Hoosier BFL events have been there, likely the result of not needing to go through the permit application process, as well as a lack of restriction on number of boats allowed in an event. We'll see...