Dale Hollow Lake in Kentucky is host to the world's largest smallmouth bass, coming in at 11-pound, 15-ounces. David L. Hayes caught the fish while trolling points in the could tell keep section of the lake back in 1995. While Lake St. Clair, Mille Lacs, and Lake Erie are known to produce smallmouth bass on an average of 4 pounds, they still don't have the genetics of Kentucky smallmouth bass. So if you're looking for a lunker smallie, you're gonna have to go to Kentucky and fish Dale Hollow Lake.
This is the 9.15-pound spotted bass caught at the Bullard's Bar Reservoir. Toni Corpe caught this big bass, it is now the Chico Bass Club's record for spotted bass. It's not quite a world record, but it's awfully close to the world record set at 10 pounds, 4 ounces. Corpe fooled the fish with a wacky-rigged Senko using only nine pound fishing line. The big spotted bass totally inhaled the lure, luckily the line didn't snap. Corpe still managed to reel in this monster, such an incredible fish, spotted bass are beautiful.
Apparently after examining the mouth of this largemouth bass, these fish eat rats as well. It's absolutely amazing, what type of things bass will feed on. Next time I'm out bass fishing, I should definitely try topwater fishing with a rat or mouse lure. I'm sure this type of they would probably work better if your fishing and marshes, where this bass was caught, however I wouldn't mind trying this type of lure at my local lake.
When you start catching beautiful yellow bass and white bass in lakes, this marks the start of spring. Fishermen can catch them in the river, mouths of the river, and in the lake. But the problem is when you start catching them, they start to move immediately, and you have to try to find them again. Yellow Bass and white bass are so much fun to catch, they won't give up a fight like a largemouth or smallmouth bass, but they still give up a great fight for their size. If you try top water baits such as the Zara Spook, you can actually see the fish jump out of the water, so give them a try.
Aaron Martens had a picture perfect day bass fishing at Table Rock Lake and the A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite tournament. For the first day in the tournament he took the lead catching 18 pounds, 11 ounces of largemouth bass for the weigh-in. However he has another contender right behind him, Davis Lane, who is three ounces shy of tying Aaron Martens. It's no telling who is going to win the bass tournament. Table Rock Lake is host to some really good bass fishing, so it's anyone's ball game.
Next weekend is the Lake of the Ozarks at the Big Bass Bash tournament. This is one of the major cash tournaments in Missouri, over $165,000 of total prize money will be handed out in the bass tournament. The biggest bass wins $50,000 in cash. You can enter online until midnight on April 3rd midwestfishtournaments.com/bbbcheckoutform.html. The great thing is this tournament is for amateurs only, you can't be a professional bass fisherman to compete. There is also a children's division for kids 12 and younger, with a $1,000 bonus for the lady who hauls in the biggest bass. I can think is, just wish I lived in Missouri, Michigan doesn't have great bass tournaments like this.
If this picture doesn't get you pumped for spring bass fishing, I don't know what will. These are just some of the gorgeous bass fishermen are starting to catch in the North region of the states as temperatures slowly begin to rise. Bass fishing is kinda slow in some states, but I'm sure I'll start to pick up shortly as the weather starts to warm up. I'm completely obsessed with bass fishing and can't wait to get out on Lake St. Clair to catch some big bass.
With the Ozark streams degrading each year, supreme game fish are starting to disappear from the Ozarks. But that's not the only crazy thing going on, a lot of the small bass are appearing to have a lot of yellow grubs in the meat. According to scientists, the smallmouth bass eat the snails which are host to the parasites, which then enter the system of the smallmouth bass. It's funny, because many fishermen say largemouth bass and spotted bass don't have any worms in their meat, so it's only the smallmouth bass eating the snails.
Bass fishermen Justin Wallace and Chad Horton proudly hold up their biggest catches of the day in the Hooked On Decatur Bass Tournament Saturday in Decatur. The one bass on the left looks to be the biggest fish out of the bunch. These largemouth bass seem to be getting bigger every day, you gotta love how beautiful these fish are.
These four big largemouth bass were just some of the bass being caught at the first Chester County Bass Masters Open. They were forecast of heavy rain and a flood watch, but 15 teams still showed up looking to catch some bass in 40 degrees of weather. The big bass had some really nice size them, we will find out soon who ends up winning the bass tournament.