UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Eufaula

It’s a snap

It’s a snap

Four crankbaits wobbling on the ends of four long lengths of lead core are effective at seining the depths for deep walleyes. That is, until one of the crankbaits snags a leaf, stick or some other assorted debris. Then it runs sideways. With the other lines nearby crisscrossing in the same water depths, it doesn’t take a fishing genius to know a tangled disaster is in the making. Time to crank in that line – all 150 feet of it. READ MORE »

Wire-to-wire McGuire

Wire-to-wire McGuire

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. — Late Wednesday afternoon, Curt McGuire was a little frustrated. The pro of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., typically does well fishing Kentucky Lake events. In fact, he’s finished second in two American Fishing Series events here (formerly called the Stren Series) since 2005. He’d had good practice sessions and felt confident prior to both of those events. But this week was different. By 2:30 Wednesday, with the tournament slated to begin shortly after daylight Thursday morning, he’d yet to find the fish he believed he needed to be competitive. READ MORE »

Out to the ledges

Out to the ledges

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. — The mood was a relaxed one on the final morning of the AFS event on Kentucky Lake, but then that’s often the case the final morning of a tournament. Randy Haynes of Counce, Tenn., who is currently in second place, was eating breakfast in his boat. Noticeable on Haynes’ deck were several crankbaits – including some divers but also a square-billed bait for shallow water – and a football-head jig. Haynes has gotten to this point primarily by fishing offshore. READ MORE »

Bruising from bucketmouths

Bruising from bucketmouths

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. – Curt McGuire wasn’t purposely trying to be rude at the weigh-in on day two of the American Fishing Series Central Division event on Kentucky and Barkley lakes. McGuire, the day one leader of Lawrenceburg, Tenn., sacked another five-bass limit today weighing 22 pounds, 9 ounces and secured a near 7-pound lead heading into the final day of competition. It’s no surprise that folks wanted to shake his hand, but McGuire simply couldn’t do that. His palm was bruised, bleeding and too sore from two days of unhooking big bass to shake anyone’s hand. READ MORE »

Tennessee River promise

Tennessee River promise

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Lake was generous to many anglers on day one of the Central Division American Fishing Series event, but not quite as good as some think it could be. At the end of Thursday’s weigh-in, AFS Tournament Director (and former Kentucky Lake fishing guide) Ron Lappin nodded with a knowing eye and made a prediction. “They caught them pretty well today – over 2,000 pounds of fish isn’t bad,” he said. “But these bass are moving, and it could get crazy. Get ready for tomorrow – I think they’re really going to catch them.” READ MORE »

Beating the bushes

Beating the bushes

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. — It’s no secret that Kentucky Lake is a phenomenal bass fishery. It’s particularly good this time of year most years, as good numbers of big female bass are likely to be holding in shallow bushes guarding freshly hatched fry. Other, earlier spawning bass have typically moved offshore to Kentucky Lake’s many submerged ledges by now as well, and ledge-fishing fans know this early bite is usually the best one of the year. READ MORE »

Falling from the trees

Falling from the trees

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. — Less than a week ago, the prospect of driving a 20-foot bass boat across someone’s front yard and catching a 4-pounder by flipping to a picnic table wasn’t an entirely outlandish notion on the shores of Kentucky Lake. Record-setting rainfall and subsequent flooding in the Nashville area (in addition to heavy rains in the immediate area) brought both the Cumberland and Tennessee rivers to near record high levels – more than 10 feet above summer pool at times. READ MORE »

On the rise

On the rise

Ice-fishing is fun and all, but by the end of February, you’re admittedly tired of walking on water and using stunted fishing rods. You’re craving a warm day, the smell of some outboard exhaust, some time watching your graph, pitching a jig to shallow water and feeling the thump of a giant walleye. You’re ready for spring. READ MORE »

Destination: Pigeon River

Destination: Pigeon River

People travel from all over the country just to witness the beauty of the Smoky Mountains in the fall. Fall colors really set off an already gorgeous view. But these days, so many people visit the area that the quaint atmosphere of the resort towns, such as Gatlinburg, Tenn., and Pigeon Forge, Tenn., has been changed. These towns have become extremely busy tourist destinations in recent years, complete with sprawling malls, theme parks, go-kart rentals and wedding chapels. READ MORE »

Indiana University wins Central Regional Championship

Indiana University wins Central Regional Championship

MURRAY, Ky. – Dustin Vaal and Jesse Schultz crossed the stage on day one of the National Guard FLW College Fishing Central Regional with just over 4 pounds – enough to be in the hunt, but not in the spotlight heading into day two. Like two seasoned pros, however, the teammates, from Indiana University, knew they needed a change of plan to be contenders. READ MORE »

Foggy final day

Foggy final day

A heavy morning fog seemed to build a relaxed mood among the top five National Guard FLW College Fishing teams competing on the final day of the Central Regional Championship. Though the fog prevented seeing much of anything on Kentucky Lake and convinced tournament officials to delay takeoff until some of it burned away and visibility improved, few of the teams seemed especially antsy about it. READ MORE »

They’re from out east

They’re from out east

For two days, talk of schooling fish has dominated much of the conversation about the National Guard FLW College Fishing Central Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake. Some of that seems to have changed a little bit at the end of day two. READ MORE »

Starting from scratch

Starting from scratch

If you looked hard enough, you could see a bit of frost on rooftops and low-cut fields near Kentucky Lake this morning, the first morning of November and the second day of competition in the National Guard FLW College Fishing Central Regional Championship. READ MORE »

Sunny day schooling

Sunny day schooling

Competitors fishing the National Guard FLW College Fishing Central Regional Championship on Kentucky Lake may have been the only ones in town disappointed with a clear, calm, mild forecast for Halloween. Though these post-frontal conditions might make for good trick-or-treating, they were a little tough on a field of anglers who’ve been practicing during a week of high winds and torrential downpours. READ MORE »

Calm after the storm

Calm after the storm

If ever there was a good way for aspiring pro anglers to get a good taste of their abilities, perhaps it’s in the wake of a nice cold front and month of record-setting rainfall. READ MORE »

Luscious leeches

Luscious leeches

On the totem pole of respect, not many of Mother Nature’s creatures rank lower than leeches. These invertebrates live their lives under logs and rocks and carry the stigma of being parasitic bloodsuckers, although some scavenge and eat invertebrates even farther down the totem pole than themselves. READ MORE »

A bed-fishing primer

A bed-fishing primer

Another spring is upon us. Tournaments are raging full-swing, the shallows are warming up, and the trees are budding. To avid largemouth fishermen, particularly in temperate Southern climes, this time of year means one thing – sight-fishing. READ MORE »

Bug baits

Bug baits

The topic of naming and classifying fishing lures is a large one. Bass have been caught on thousands of variations of hundreds of designs, especially in the soft-plastic arena. Every year, however, anglers scramble around, searching for something new and something different in the never-ending quest to outsmart ever-smarter bass. READ MORE »

Spot-on tubing

Spot-on tubing

To say I was looking forward to fishing with The General was an understatement. On my drive up to Lima, Ohio, to meet Steve Clapper, thoughts of multiple 5-pound smallmouths admittedly caused my mind to wander at times. Thankfully, the effects on my driving were minimal, and I arrived safely. The only hitch to the fishing would be navigating Lake Erie and all the pleasantries it can provide on an early April outing. READ MORE »

Best places to catch quality walleyes this season

Best places to catch quality walleyes this season

There’s one common thread to most of walleye country this time of year – it’s really, really cold. But, is there a better time to be thinking of getting on the water than late winter and early spring while gathered around a warm fireplace? READ MORE »