Louisiana North prepares for D’Arbonne event
ATHENS, Ala. – The Louisiana North Division 12 of the American Bass Anglers Weekend Bass Series will hold its third tournament of the season March 22, 2014, on Lake D’Arbonne near Farmerville, La.
The competitors will launch at Ludwig Marina, located at 110 Old Highway 15 in Farmerville. Anglers may begin fishing at safe light. Registration begins at 4 p.m. March 21. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=820.
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.
Impounded in 1964, Lake D’Arbonne spreads out through 15,250 acres of Union and Lincoln parishes southeast of Farmerville. Formed by the damming of Corney Bayou and Bayou D’Arbonne, the lake resembles a leaning Y and drains much of north-central Louisiana.
Much of the lake resembles a flooded swamp. The lake averages about nine feet deep, but some holes near the dam drop to more than 35 feet deep. Spots in the old Corney Creek and D’Arbonne Bayou channels drop to 30 feet deep in places, but much of the channels average slightly more than 20 feet deep. Wood and vegetation provide the dominant cover. In the upper arms, the lake becomes more riverine, narrow and shallow.
“It’s almost as if D’Arbonne Lake is separated into a couple lakes with relatively shallow arms that neck way down at the upper ends,” explained Mike Wood, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries inland fisheries director. “The upper ends of the lake are especially good for bass at times. Anglers get the benefit of some current, which improves water quality.”
The state periodically stocks Florida bass into the lake. Lake D’Arbonne put one largemouth bass into the Louisiana record book. In February 2000, Ed Stellner twitched a gold and black suspending Rattling Rogue in Bear Creek and landed a 15.31-pound bass to establish the lake record. The fish currently holds ninth place in the Louisiana record book. The lake hasn’t produced anything close to 15 pounds in several years, but it annually delivers a lot of 5- to 7-pound bass, plus a few in the 10- to 12-pound range.
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.