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Murky conditions expected for bass angling Super Bowl

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POSTED February 24, 2012 12:59 a.m.

It’s Super Bowl time once again for bass anglers.

This year’s Bassmasters Classic is being held once again on the Red River located in Shreveport, La. and starts this Friday and ends Sunday.

The conditions of the river along with predicted weather are surely going to make this tournament a tough one for competitors. The water is really stained, and there is an upcoming cold front moving in.

Dirty and cold water are some of the toughest conditions to fish in. As always, someone I’m sure is going to catch them.

Defending champion Kevin Van Dam is definitely a favorite going into this tournament. He won last year and always seems to find that needle in a haystack.

The Bassmaster Classic can be viewed next weekend on the March 3 and 4 on ESPN 2. If you can’t wait that long you can watch the daily live weigh-ins at 3 p.m. on the website starting today.


Delta Report

Bass fishing is good, as the weather has been perfect lately. For reaction baits, any crawdad imitating bait is working well. For those flipping or pitching, wacky rigged Senko’s or black and blue jigs seem to be key baits.

With this current weather and the time of year it’s really a toss up. You can possibly have one of the best days of fishing one day and one of the worst days of fishing the next.


Lake New Melones

Melanie Lewis of Glory Hole Sports reports:

“There were lots of very nice fish caught this week, with most anglers catching their limits. The average size fish is about 2 pounds. Trout are right up in the shallows, spawning and chasing bait. Bank anglers have been using Power bait (the garlic scent is working great), Gulp eggs, marshmallows, and night crawlers to catch them.

“It is very important that your bait floats. Use small hooks, plenty of Power bait, and a worm blower to float a crawler. The entire bait rig is very simple but effective. It consists of an egg sinker, barrel swivel, 12- to 48-inch leader, and a small hook.

“Most of the fish that are being caught are full of small shad. Try using shad patterned lures. Anything with a little silver on it will resemble fleeing shad.”

Bass fishing is beginning to turn on. In a recent tournament there were a lot of 10-pound limits being brought to the scales, two of those fish were over nine pounds, which were caught on swim baits.


Lake Don Pedro

The trout and king salmon bite is very good. The hot area is between the 49 Bridge to the Jacksonville Bridge. Anglers are trolling either shad patterned spoons or rolled shad while letting their lead core lines out five to seven colors.

Bass fishing is good, and there is a good swim bait bite. Angers are either tossing large Huddleston swim baits or Alabama Rigs for the bigger fish.


Lake Pardee

Fishing continues to be good from the shore. The recreation area is still holding plenty of trout that seem to be unwilling to leave the area and venture out into the main lake.

The Launch Ramp, Rainbow Point, Tom Sawyer Island, and the point directly across from the East end of the Marina are all good areas. Sliding sinker set ups are the most successful and silver/blue Kastmasters seems to be the favorite bait of lure fishermen.

Not much to report about the bass fishing on the lake, as it’s been very quiet. As the water temperature warms a little look for the bass to start making their way towards the obvious spawning areas.


Product Review

Through the years I have tested a variety of different scales and buoy systems for tournament fishing. Most had worked for a little while but never seemed to completely fulfill my expectations.

While searching for scale systems I believe that I’ve have found the ultimate buoy system. It consists of colored ropes attached to large safety pin like clips.

The name of the product is EZ Cull RZ made by Basswidow Products which can be ordered through .

Unlike other systems that I’ve tried, these buoys don’t break and the ropes even float making it easy to grab a fish out of the live well while attached to a clip.

There is nothing I hated more than having to wrestle a fish out of the live well that has escaped previous buoy systems.


To contact Jarod Ballardo, email


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