Louisiana North heads to Black Lake
ATHENS, Ala. – The Louisiana North Division 12 of the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series will hold its second tournament of the season Feb. 22, 2014, on Black Lake near Creston, La.
The competitors will launch at Chandler’s Landing, located at 5779 Highway 9 in Creston. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. Registration begins at 4 p.m. Feb. 21. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=819.
To enter, anglers fishing the Boater Division pay $200 with co-anglers paying $100. In addition, ABA members enjoy these other these other benefits:
- No more dual membership to fish the Weekend Bass Series.
- No more credit card processing fees for tournament entries.
- Liability insurance requirements have been reduced to an acceptable level for weekend anglers.
- Increased payback at divisional events from 20 percent of the field to 25 percent of the field.
Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass. Anglers competing in this tournament will need a Louisiana fishing license. For Louisiana fishing license information, see www.wlf.louisiana.gov/licenses/fishing or call 888-765-2602.
In addition to cash prizes for top finishers, boater and co-angler competitors fishing this tournament and WBS events throughout the season may also win hefty bonuses from such sponsors as Triton Boats, Mercury Outboards, Royal Purple, MotorGuide and T-H Marine. See the manufacturer web sites for specific details on how to qualify for these bonuses.
At the end of the season, the best WBS anglers from across the nation will fish the 2014 Ray Scott Championship, slated for Wheeler Lake in Decatur, Ala., from Nov. 15-18. The champion boater will receive $100,000 and possibly up to $50,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money. The co-angler champion will win $50,000 and possibly up to $25,000 in Triton Gold Bonus money.
As a special Ray Scott Championship bonus, the Boater Division and Co-Angler Division champions will each receive entry fees and sponsorship into the one of two professional bass fishing series of the angler’s choice. The sponsorship includes entry fees into three professional events and sponsorship support. This sponsorship will put the champion within striking distance of one of two professional bass fishing championships.
Fed by Black Lake Bayou, which eventually flows into the Red River, Black Lake covers 13,800 acres between Campti and Creston. The shallow, stumpy lake holds some monster largemouths. Stocked with Florida bass periodically since 2004, it holds many bass in the 4- to 7-pound range with some topping 12 pounds. Calvin Mundy pulled a 12.76-pounder from Black Lake in May 2005.
“Our electro-fishing sampling indicates a lot of fish with some good quality bass,” said Ricky Moses, a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologist. “We’ve seen several largemouths topping 11 pounds with anglers catching double-digit bass every year. The biggest bass of the tournament will probably top seven pounds and may exceed eight pounds.”
Black Lake averages about eight feet deep, but contains some deep holes. Highway 9 crosses the lake. Above Highway 9, cypress trees growing in the water and numerous stumps dominate the cover. Some cuts allow access through the trees. Below Highway 9, the lake opens and deepens. Vegetation covers many parts of the lake. At the southern end of the lake, weedy flats average about four feet deep.
“Black Lake is actually divided into three sections,” Moses explained. “One section above Highway 9 is heavily timbered with a lot of cypress trees and shallow water with a creek channel running through it. Below Highway 9, in the portion they call Clear Lake, has more open, deeper water. The south end of Black Lake, in the 1,000-acre area we call ‘the Prairie,’ is a pretty good spawning area that averages about four feet deep.
For more information on this tournament, call Porter Trimble, tournament manager, at 318-201-3474 or ABA at 256-232-0406. On line, see www.americanbassanglers.com.
About American Bass Anglers: American Bass Anglers is committed to providing 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, the Weekend Bass Series, the American Fishing Tour or the American Couples Series, visit www.americanbassanglers.com.