Missouri championship set for Lake of the Ozarks
ATHENS, Ala. – The Missouri Division 16 of the Toyota Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, will hold its two-day divisional championship Sept. 28-29, 2013, on Lake of the Ozarks.
The competitors will launch at PB2 Landing, located at 711 Public Beach Road in Osage Beach, Mo. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. Registration begins at 4 p.m. Sept. 27 at Inn at the Grand Glaize Meeting Room, located at 5142 Highway 54 in Osage Beach, Mo. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=710.
Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass in any combination of largemouth, smallmouth or Kentucky spotted bass, each at least 15 inches long. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass.
All anglers must possess a Missouri fishing license. For license information, see http://mdc.mo.gov/fishing or call 573-751-4115. For area information, contact the Lake of the Ozarks Tri-County Lodging Association at 573-348-0111 or see www.funlake.com.
One of the best bass lakes in the nation, Lake of the Ozarks ranks Number 31 on the 2013 Bassmaster magazine list of the top 100 bass waters in the United States. It can hold big bass and delivers good catches of largemouth and smallmouth bass each year.
Lake of the Ozarks spreads across more than 55,000 acres of central Missouri. The largest non-flood control reservoir in the nation began in 1929 with construction of a hydroelectric dam across the Osage River. The lake measures more than 90 miles long, offering anglers more than 1,300 miles of shoreline. Several tributaries including the Niangua River, Grand Glaize Creek and Gravois Creek flow into the system. The Little Niangua River feeds into the big Niangua River. Numerous springs also feed the system. The huge, sprawling lake offers anglers many points to fish.
During the May 18, 2013, BWS tournament on Lake of the Ozarks, David E. Ryan of Levasy, Mo., won the Boater Division with a five-bass tournament limit weighing 18.62 pounds. He sealed his victory by landing a 4.40-pound bucketmouth that won the division big bass award. Ryan caught most of his fish on a DD-22 crankbait.
In the Co-Angler Division during that tournament, Dennis G. Meyer of Ballwin, Mo., landed a three-fish division limit going 10.02 pounds. He anchored his catch with a 5.90-pounder that took the tournament lunker title. Meyer caught most of his fish on a Texas-rigged senko.
The top anglers from the this division plus the South East Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas East divisions will compete in the two-day regional tournament, slated for Oct. 4-5, 2013, on Lake Fort Gibson out of Taylor’s Ferry Landing near Wagoner, Okla. The top anglers from the four regional tournaments will compete in the BWS National Championship tournament, scheduled for November 6-9, 2013, on Old Hickory Lake near Hendersonville, Tenn. The Boater Division champion will compete in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic, set for Feb. 21-23 on Lake Guntersville, Ala.
For more information on this tournament, call Kristin Malott, tournament manager, at 256-771-3709 or call ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers commitment is to provide low cost, close to home tournaments for the weekend angler and at the same time offer each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression. For more information about American Bass Anglers, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.