Monday, October 24, 2011

After failing to bring a fish to the scales in Friday's Bassmaster Central Open on Table Rock Lake, Texan Janet Parker fell out of contention for a top-5 invitation that would make her the first female Elite pro in the sport's history.

The Ohio Wine Producers Association (OWPA) has partnered with The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake and the Ashtabula County Convention & Visitors Bureau to host the first ever Fly the Alley-a Northeast Ohio fly fishing expo-on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011 at The Lodge at Geneva.

Trout Unlimited applauds quick action taken by Sens. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.,) Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska,) and Mark Begich (D-Alaska) to address the outbreak of infectious salmon anemia, a virus potentially deadly to wild Pacific salmon recently found in two sockeye smolts off British Columbia.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division has five delayed harvest streams available to anglers beginning November 1, potentially combining fishing and leaf-viewing opportunities.

Washington's first razor-clam dig of the season will get under way on evening tides October 28-29 at four ocean beaches.
In a few remaining city and county lakes, blue-green algae populations are still above minimum public safety levels established by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). State and federal lakes are no longer under any warnings or advisories, thanks to cooler weather and shortened daylight hours.

Bruiser Baits announces a new partnership with Scott Martin and the Scott Martin Challenge television program.

WaveSpin introduces two super-strong lightweight versions of their original DH models, the new DH3000z (9.5 oz) and DH4000z (11 oz); both great for a wide variety of fish species. All come with an industry first "more fish guarantee".

Chris Zaldain of San Jose, California, led the list of five anglers who qualified Saturday to move up in 2012 into the top tier of competition, the Bassmaster Elite Series, through the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open circuit.
Kevin Short kept plugging away each day and saved his best performance for last to win the season finale Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open at Table Rock Lake.
Sgt. Justin Moser and Sgt. Adam Marsh won the National Guard FLW Soldier Appreciation Tournament held on Lake Guntersville Saturday.
Pro Paul Elias of Laurel, Mississippi, caught a five-bass limit weighing 23 pounds even Sunday to lead wire-to-wire and win $100,500 at the Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Guntersville presented by Mercury with a four-day catch of 20 bass weighing 102-8.

From The Mountains To The Sea, Georgia's Hooked On Bass

SOCIAL CIRCLE, GEORGIA - Georgia has a diversity of bass that continues to reel in anglers from across the nation. As the only state in the nation with six of the seven black bass species, Georgia stands out as a bass angler's paradise. This fall, regardless of where you are in the state, bass fishing opportunities abound, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division is providing anglers with some helpful bass fishing information.

"Bass are a favorite species for anglers, and while people are most familiar with largemouth bass, it is by no means the only bass angling opportunity in the state," says John Biagi, the division's chief of Fisheries Management. "We encourage all anglers, beginners and experts, to get out this fall, make sure your license is up to date, take a kid fishing, enjoy the weather and fish for bass!"

Several species of black bass are fall favorites, including largemouth, smallmouth, shoal and spotted bass. Redeye and Suwannee round out the six available black bass species here in Georgia.

The knowledge of where to go is just part of the ammunition necessary to becoming a successful bass angler - having the right equipment is the other component for success. For species such as largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass, the division recommends using a six-foot medium action, spinning outfit spooled with 8-10 lb. test line. Next, you need to determine if you will be fishing top-water or deep-water. The top-water bite typically is best in the early morning and late evening.

During fall, bass key in on shad forage while feeding up for the winter. Floating or shallow running baits resembling small shad, minnows or blueback herring will entice bites from all three bass species. For deep-water bass angling, use 1/4 - 3/8 oz. jigheads with your favorite plastic curly-tailed grub or plastic shad lure skewered on it (recommended colors: green pumpkin and watermelon seed), Texas or Carolina rigged plastic worms and lizards, jigging spoons, deep diving crankbaits, live nightcrawlers or minnows. Deep-water angling can be utilized year-round, but can be especially effective in summer and winter when fish move offshore in a lake or reservoir.

Another fall favorite, striped bass, often confused as one of Georgia's six black bass species, actually belong to the temperate bass family. Anglers can find some exceptional striped bass fishing in Georgia, including native coastal river populations. When fishing for striped bass in Georgia's estuaries, one should come equipped with a medium-heavy spinning outfit (20-30 lb. class) with one of the new small diameter superlines. This will assist in getting the bait to the bottom where striped bass are feeding on shrimp (Oct.-Nov.). Effective lures include 1/2 - 3/4 oz. bucktail jigs, 1 oz. rattle traps and 1 oz. swim shads.

Safety Check: Anglers should be aware that due to extreme drought conditions that have persisted throughout much of 2011, many of Georgia's water bodies are much lower than normal. Boaters should exercise caution when navigating unfamiliar areas.

For bass fishing throughout the state click here to view wildlife officials' suggestions for fishing spots and species to pursue at each.

Anglers must possess a current Georgia fishing license to fish in Georgia. If fishing on a PFA, anglers also need to have a WMA license. Where can you get a license? Buy it online or find a list of retail license vendors at or buy it by phone at 1.800.366.2661.

Anglers can find much more information at, including Reservoir and River Fishing information for many water bodies, a Northeast and Northwest Georgia Fishing Guide, PFA Guides and much more.

Fishing Wire Snapshot - Week Of October 23, 2011

It's not always necessary to show a fish to remind us of why we go fishing. Thanks to Chris Coufal for sharing this great image of his fishing on Lake O.H. Ivie.

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