The Walmart Bass Fishing League is headed to Fort Gibson Lake May 7 for the third of five stops in the Okie Division. As many as 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing for top awards up to $9,500 and $3,000, respectively.
“The lake is about eight feet high right now,” said Diet Mountain Dew Pro Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla. “The fish are going to be up in the flooded bushes and grassy areas. Conditions may change by next week though because authorities can drop the lake as fast as they want. Some of those flooded areas may not be there by next week. The key is going to be finding places where you can get to the bank and still be able to access the bass. They are going to be shallow.
“Spinnerbaits or flipping will be the way to go,” Christie went on to say. “I think it is going to take about 20 pounds to win.”
Takeoff and weigh-in will be at Taylor Ferry Marina and Resort located at 334179 Marina Drive in Wagoner. Takeoff is scheduled for 7 a.m. while weigh-in will begin at 3 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
The Fort Gibson Lake BFL tournament is being hosted by the Wagoner Area Chamber of Commerce.
The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, offering bigger prizes to those who qualify for regional championships and those who make it to 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 EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
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