The 2014 Walmart BFL season continues with three tournaments the weekend of Saturday, Aug. 23. The Great Lakes Division will fish on the Mississippi River, the Michigan Division will compete on the Detroit River, and the Piedmont Division will hold their two-day super tournament on Kerr Lake. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing in each event for top awards up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively in the one-day events and up to $11,000 and $4,500 in two-day the super tournament.

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014

Great Lakes Division

Mississippi River
Washington Street Ramp
W. Washington & N. Main
Prairie Du Chien, Wis.
Hosted by the Prairie Du Chien Area Chamber of Commerce/Tourism Council

NOTES: The bass fishing on the Mississippi River is expected to be good. Most of the fish will be in summertime patterns and some could be found schooling. Main-river current and the Mississippi’s plentiful grass beds figure to be important types of cover that is expected to be targeted by tournament anglers. Topwater baits, swimjigs, jigs, topwater frogs, soft plastics and crankbaits will be popular baits. The winner is expected to bring in about 17 pounds of bass.

Michigan Division

Detroit River
Elizabeth Park Marina
200 Grosse Ile Parkway
Trenton, Mich.

NOTES: The bass fishing on the Detroit River is expected to be excellent. Some anglers will fish in the river, but many will run into Lake Erie or St. Clair to fish for the plentiful smallmouth there. The bass are likely to be found on main-lake structure, gravel, weeds and around current. Topwater baits, swimbaits, tubes, drop-shot rigs, jigs, crankbaits and jerkbaits will be important pieces of the competitors’ arsenals. The winning weight is likely to be about 22 pounds.

WHEN: Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 23-24, 2014

Piedmont Division

Kerr Lake
New Nutbush Park
115 Jack Wade Farm Road
Henderson, N.C.
Hosted by the Vance County Department of Tourism

NOTES: The bass fishing on Kerr Lake is expected to be good. The bass will be in typical summer locations and could be caught around offshore structure, around docks or in shallow grass. Carolina-rigged soft plastics, jigs, topwater frogs, crankbaits, drop-shot rigs and topwater baits could all be effective. The winner is expected to bring  about 30 pounds to the scale over the course of the two-day event.

The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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