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Norris Lake Top 10 Patterns

Norris Lake Top 10 Patterns

James Watson of Nixa, Mo., won the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Quaker State on Norris Lake with topwaters – mostly buzzbaits and River2Sea Whopper Ploppers. But Watson wasn’t the only one who dialed in the buzzing bite at Norris. More than half of the pros in the top 10 had a buzzbait figured into their game plan. Here is how other pros fished to make the cut at Norris. READ MORE »

Top 10 Baits from Norris Lake

Top 10 Baits from Norris Lake

The fishing was tough throughout in the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Quaker State on Norris Lake, but the top 10 pros separated themselves significantly from the rest. Topwaters played a big role, but they weren’t the only baits to get it done. If you’re fishing in the fall on a mountain reservoir, you might want to bring along some of the following baits. READ MORE »

Missouri’s Watson Wins Walmart FLW Tour Invitational on Norris Lake presented by Quaker State

Missouri’s Watson Wins Walmart FLW Tour Invitational on Norris Lake presented by Quaker State

ANDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (Oct. 22, 2016) – After three career Walmart FLW Tour top-20 finishes, numerous wins at the AAA-level and two career championship appearances, pro James Watson of Nixa, Missouri, earned the first FLW Tour victory of his career and $95,400 Saturday at the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational at Norris Lake presented by Quaker State with a final day's catch of four... READ MORE »

Watson Wins on Norris

Watson Wins on Norris

James Watson started the final day with a sizable lead over Jason Lambert, however, after a tough final round of the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational on Norris Lake presented by Quaker State he nearly gave it away. READ MORE »

Norris Lake Day 3 Coverage

Norris Lake Day 3 Coverage

Fall has arrived on day three of the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Quaker State on Norris Lake. This morning, instead of the balmy conditions of day one, the air temperate is hovering around 45 degrees and the high is about 60. For the second day in a row, the weather will challenge the anglers. The other major challenge will be figuring out how to overcome James Watson. READ MORE »

Watson’s Consistency Carries him Ahead

Watson’s Consistency Carries him Ahead

James Watson says he got only a handful of bites in practice. That handful was enough to get him dialed in. By far the most consistent pro so far, Watson added 13 pounds, 4 ounces on day two for a 26-14 total and leads the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Quaker State on Norris Lake. READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Norris Lake Day 2

Top 5 Patterns from Norris Lake Day 2

After an ultra-tough day one at the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Quaker State on Norris Lake, many pros commented that if the weather was colder, the fish would bite better. On day two, Mother Nature tested that theory with a 30-degree temperature drop, and as it turned out, the anglers were right. The sudden blustery chill helped produce 11 more limits over day one and 11 more bags over 10 pounds than on day one. READ MORE »

Watson Takes Lead on Day Two of Walmart FLW Tour Invitational on Norris Lake presented by Quaker State

Watson Takes Lead on Day Two of Walmart FLW Tour Invitational on Norris Lake presented by Quaker State

ANDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – Norris Lake is setting up for a dramatic final-day shootout tomorrow at the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational at Norris Lake presented by Quaker State... READ MORE »

Norris Lake Day 2 Coverage

Norris Lake Day 2 Coverage

We’re watching three primary storylines on day two of the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Quaker State on Norris Lake: will the weather change things, will we see a big riser and will the leaders hold steady? READ MORE »

Top 5 Patterns from Norris Lake Day 1

Top 5 Patterns from Norris Lake Day 1

At nearly 22 feet below full pool, Norris Lake is being pulled down towards winter level, but you couldn’t tell it from the recent air temperatures which have pushed into the 80’s the last few days. The result is warm water near winter pool, which has made the patterns working at the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Quaker State vast and varied. READ MORE »

North Carolina’s Williams Takes Day One Lead at Walmart FLW Tour Invitational on Norris Lake presented by Quaker State

North Carolina’s Williams Takes Day One Lead at Walmart FLW Tour Invitational on Norris Lake presented by Quaker State

ANDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – Pro angler David Williams of Maiden, North Carolina, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 15 pounds, 1 ounce, Thursday to grab the early lead after Day One of the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational at Norris Lake presented by Quaker State. Right behind him in second place is Tour veteran James Watson of Nixa, Missouri, who weighed in five bass totaling 13... READ MORE »

Williams Ahead at Norris

Williams Ahead at Norris

Sacking up 15 pounds, 1 ounce on day one, David Williams of Maiden, N.C., took the lead in the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Quaker State on Norris Lake. Overall, the lake was remarkably stingy on a beautiful Indian summer day, but the longtime BFL competitor and B.A.S.S. Elite Series pro managed a healthy limit early on and culled later with a kicker smallmouth. READ MORE »

Norris Lake Day 1 Coverage

Norris Lake Day 1 Coverage

Taking out of Anderson County Park on Norris Lake, the start of the final Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Quaker State was warm and calm. Sometime soon, that’s all going to change. Today’s highs are forecasted to reach into the 80s, on day two, the lows are set to be in the 40s with the high only barely scraping past 60 degrees. Though a front is on the way for sure – the first big cold front off fall for east Tennessee – most of today should be pretty good for fishing. READ MORE »

Chasing Challenging Tennessee Smallmouths

Chasing Challenging Tennessee Smallmouths

Smallmouth fishing in east Tennessee in early fall can be a frustrating job. You run around the lake, casting and graphing, and the whole time you know there are 5-pound-class smallmouths somewhere right around you. Yet, they just don’t seem to cooperate. That’s because it’s not quite “smallmouth season” in this part of the country until the baseball playoffs come to an end and deer hunting picks up. READ MORE »

Five Hours on Norris with Hollowell

Five Hours on Norris with Hollowell

Tuesday marked the final day of official practice for the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Quaker State on Norris Lake. FLW Tour pro Todd Hollowell is fresh off a fourth-place finish in the first Invitational on Norman and loves fishing in the fall. For a look at how he breaks down a lake, I joined him for the final afternoon of practice. READ MORE »

Getting to Know Norris Lake

Getting to Know Norris Lake

Norris is a big pond that stretches more than 200 miles from the dam up the Clinch River, meaning there is more than enough room for the pros to spread out this week while they search for the big largemouths, spotted bass and smallmouths that call these waters home. READ MORE »

Scouting Norris with Gosselaar

Scouting Norris with Gosselaar

Norris Lake is new for many fishing the Walmart FLW Tour Invitational presented by Quaker State this week, but it is especially new for Chris Gosselaar of Fresno, Calif., who has spent the majority of his fishing career out west to this point. After making the cut at the first Invitational on Lake Norman, Gosselaar seemed like a good person to check in with to see how his practice is shaping up at Norris. We tagged along on his second day. READ MORE »

Final Invitational Set for Norris

Final Invitational Set for Norris

Winding through the hills of east Tennessee, Norris Lake is huge, seldom fished by major tournaments and home to some of the better smallmouth fishing in Tennessee. Though there are plenty of locals in the 104-boat field, Norris isn’t well known to many of the competitors. READ MORE »