The 2014 Walmart BFL season continues with six two-day super tournaments on Sept. 13-14. The Bulldog Division will fish on Lake Oconee, the Great Lakes Division will take to the Mississippi River, the Illini Division is headed to Lake Shelbyville, the Mississippi Division is set to compete on Pickwick Lake, the Mountain Division will take on Barren River Lake and the Okie Division will hit Grand Lake. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing in each event for top awards up to $11,000 and $4,500.
WHEN: Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 13-14, 2014
Sugar Creek Marina
353 Parks Mill Road
NOTES: The bass fishing on Lake Oconee is expected to be good. Most of the bass still figure to be in their summertime patterns, though some could be starting their fall transition. Offshore timber, brush piles and humps, as well as docks and shallow grass are all likely to hold fish. Topwater baits, crankbaits, Texas-rigged soft plastics and jigs could all be good bets. The winning weight is expected to be around 30 pounds in the two day tournament.
Great Lakes Division
W. Copeland and Clinton Ramp
La Crosse, Wis.
Hosted by the La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
NOTES: The bass fishing on the Mississippi River is expected to be excellent. The bass will be moving from their summertime patterns into their fall patterns and fish will be caught in a variety of ways. Current, wood cover, grass beds and pads all figure to produce bass and some might be found following bait. Baits like swimjigs, frogs, topwater baits, squarebill crankbaits and soft plastics could all play a role. The winner of this two-day event will likely bring about 34 pounds of bass to the scale.
9th St. Ramp
NOTES: The bass fishing on Lake Shelbyville is expected to be good. Though some bass could be caught deep in summertime spots, the anglers should find most of the bass shallow around wood, rocks or chasing shad. Squarebill crankbaits, jigs, Texas rigs, topwater baits and lipless crankbaits could all be good bets for tournament anglers. The winner is expected to have a two-day total around 18 pounds.
J.P. Coleman State Park
613 County Road 321
NOTES: The bass fishing on Pickwick Lake is expected to be very good. Though some fish could be moving into their fall patterns, the offshore ledges that Pickwick is famous for will likely produce the winning bass. Baits like deep-diving crankbaits, topwater baits, football jigs, heavy Texas rigs, drop-shot rigs, swimbaits and spoons will be in the hands of many of the competitors. The winning weight for this two-day tournament is expected to be about 40 pounds.
Barren River Lake
Port Oliver Recreation Area & Ramp
4200 Barren River Dam Road
NOTES: The bass fishing at Barren River Lake is expected to be good. Anglers will be able to catch fish both deep and shallow, though the winning bass are expected to be found deep. Most of the field will probably target points, hard bottom, deep brush piles and places where baitfish are present. A variety of baits are expected to be productive – from topwater baits and Texas-rigged soft plastics for shallow bass to crankbaits, spoons, jigs and swimbaits for the deeper fish. The winning weight is projected to be a two-day total around 30 pounds.
Grove City Ramp
1007 North 16th St. W.
Hosted by the Grand Lake Association
NOTES: The bass fishing on Grand Lake is expected to be good. The bass are expected to be caught both deep and shallow around Grand Lake’s abundant rock and wood cover. Deeper bass will be relating to bait or offshore cover like rock or bush piles. The shallow fish figure to be around docks or shoreline wood. Jigs, topwater baits, Texas-rigged soft plastics, crankbaits and umbrella rigs are all expected to be productive baits. The winner will likely need to bring about 30 pounds of bass across the scale in this 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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