Six Open Series Events Planned for June 25-26, 2022
ATHENS, Ala. – Anglers fishing the American Bass Anglers Open Series, Presented by Caymas Boats, from Oklahoma to New York will compete in six events on June 25-26, 2022, including a doubleheader.
Oklahoma Division 14
The Oklahoma Division 14 will hold a doubleheader on June 25-26 at Grand Lake. These events will be two completely separate tournaments, not a single 2-day tournament like the ABA Top 150 Solo Series.
The first event will take place June 25 as scheduled and will run out of Wolf Creek Park and Boating Facility, located at 963 16th Street in Grove, Okla. To register for this event, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=14751.
An event originally scheduled to take place May 21, 2022, at Fort Gibson Lake in Wagoner, Okla. was postponed until June 26 and moved to Grand Lake. Heavy rains that month caused flooding conditions that made boating on Fort Gibson Lake hazardous at that time. The June 26 event will also run out of the Wolf Creek landing. To register for this tournament see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=14750.
Officially called Grand Lake o’ the Cherokees, the reservoir covers 46,500 acres in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains of northeastern Oklahoma. Deep and rocky, the lake offers bass many places to hide with numerous creek channels and coves dotting the impoundment. One of the top bass lakes in Oklahoma, the riverine Grand Lake offers anglers more than 1,300 miles of shoreline. The lake formed with a dam built across the Grand River, also called lower Neosho River.
During a May 8, 2021, division tournament, Patrick Weir of Park Hill, Okla., won the Boater Division with a 5-bass tournament limit weighing 20.32 pounds for a 4.06-pound average.
Chris Holmes of Coweta, Okla. finished in eighth place among the boaters with five bass going 15.05 pounds, but he earned the tournament lunker title with a 5.30-pounder.
In the Co-Angler Division during that 2021 tournament, Tate Brumnett of Wagoner, Okla. won with a 3-bass division limit weighing 10.79 pounds for a 3.60-pound average. He anchored that bag with a 3.88-pounder.
Shea Hornbuckle from Wagoner, Okla. finished third for the co-anglers with three bass at 9.31 pounds. One fish weighed 4.50 pounds, the biggest bass caught by anyone in the division.
The division returns to Grand Lake to fish its 2-day championship on Sept. 24-25, 2022. That event will also run out Wolf Creek Park and Boating Facility in Grove. To register for this event, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=14752.
For more information about this tournament, call Tournament Director Chris Wayand at (256) 230-5627.
Alabama North Division 1
The Alabama North Division 1 heads to Wheeler Lake on June 25. The anglers will run out of Ingalls Harbor, located at 701 Market Street NW in Decatur, Ala. To register for this event, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=14697.
The second largest lake in Alabama, Wheeler Lake stretches 60 miles along the Tennessee River near Huntsville. The 67,100-acre impoundment offers anglers an opportunity to catch large largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. The upper end of the reservoir looks more riverine with many rocks and shoals, but anglers find deeper water and steep bluffs near the lower end. Weed beds, stumps, flooded brush, rock piles, steep banks, channel drops and points provide numerous places for bass to hunt.
The Elk River flows into the lake from the north. Several creeks also feed into the impoundment. Better known as a numbers lake, Wheeler can produce some largemouth in the 6- to 8-pound range with an occasional double-digit fish. It can also produce some 5- and 6-pound smallmouth.
The division next goes to Neely Henry Lake on Sept. 10, 2022. That tournament runs out of Coosa Landing, located at 200 Lake Street in Gadsden, Ala. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=14696.
For more information about this tournament, call Tournament Director Floyd Vaughn at (256) 230-5633.
Alabama South Division 2
The Alabama South Division 2 will fish its regular season finale on Lake Logan Martin on June 25. The anglers will run out of Lincoln Landing, located at 740 Travis Drive in Lincoln, Ala. To register for this event, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=14715.
Sometimes called “The Lake of a Thousand Coves,” Lake Logan Martin covers 15,263 acres near Pell City, Ala. It offers anglers more than 275 miles of shoreline. Impounded in 1964, the lake runs for more than 48 miles along the Coosa River and drops to more than 110 feet deep in places.
Lake Logan Martin served as the venue for several Bassmaster Classics. One of the best largemouth lakes in the nation, the impoundment can produce many bass in the 4- to 6-pound range with some in double digits. The lake produced bass approaching 15 pounds in the past.
Grass covers parts of the lake, good places to throw frogs or other unweighted soft plastics. Docks can also provide shade that attracts bass in the summer. In summer heat, also look for largemouths around deeper creek channel drops or try dragging a jig or working a shaky head along main lake ledges in 12 to 20 feet of water.
The lake can also produce some spotted bass exceeding six pounds. Spotted bass generally prefer deeper, rockier conditions and more current. Look for them in the upper reaches of the river and in major creek channels. For tempting spots, throw baits that resemble shad.
During a June 5, 2021, division tournament on Lake Logan Martin, Tony J. Wood from Bowdon, Ga. won the Boater Division with a 5-bass tournament limit weighing 13.52 pounds. He also landed the tournament lunker, a 4.52-pound bass.
In the Co-Angler Division during that 2021 event, John Burt from Pike Road, Ala. won with a division limit of three bass weighing 7.10 pounds. His largest bass weighed 2.63 pounds. Charles Jackson from Opp, Ala. finished in 11th place with two bass at 4.03 pounds. One dropped the scale to 2.88 pounds, the division big bass.
The division next fishes its 2-day championship Sept. 24-25, 2022, at Lake Eufaula, Ala. That event runs out of Lakepoint Resort State Park, located at 104 Lakepoint Drive near the town of Eufaula. To register for that tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=14720.
For more information about this tournament, call Tournament Director Billy Benedetti at (256) 230-5632.
South Carolina Division 9
The South Carolina Division 9 will fish its third event of season on Clarks Hill Reservoir on June 25. The anglers will run out of Wildwood Park landing, located at 3780 Dogwood Lane in Appling, Ga. To register for this event, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=14728.
Also called J. Strom Thurmond Reservoir, the lake covers 71,535 acres on the Savannah River, straddling the Georgia-South Carolina line. The third largest reservoir east of the Mississippi River, the lake offers anglers more than 1,200 miles of shoreline. Dating to 1951, the lake drops to 180 feet deep in places. The Little River and the Broad River feed into it.
The system can produce largemouth bass exceeding 14 pounds. The lake record largemouth weighed 14 pounds, 14 ounces. The lake also produces better than average spotted bass. In March 2022, Riley Hale set a new lake record for spotted bass at 4.5 pounds.
With surface water temperatures in the high 80s, many anglers head to the deeper creek channels to fish jigs, worms or other bottom baits. Some of the best summer fishing occurs over humps in 15 to 20 feet of water. Look for schooling fish chasing shad off rocky points.
During a June 26, 2021, division tournament on Clarks Hill Reservoir, Phillip Anderson of Saluda, S.C. won the Boater Division with a 5-bass tournament limit going 14.75 pounds. He anchored that bag with a 5.28-pounder. That fish also won the tournament lunker title.
In the Co-Angler Division during that 2021 tournament, Bobby Williams from Greer, S.C. won with a 3-bass division limit tallying 5.71 pounds. Eddy Morgan of Denver, N.C. finished sixth with one bass weighing 4.81 pounds, but won the division big bass competition.
The division next fishes its regular season finale July 30, 2022, at Lake Hartwell. That event runs out of Green Pond Landing, located at 470 Green Pond Road in Anderson, S.C. To register for that tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=14726.
For more information about this tournament, call Tournament Director Rodney Michael at (256) 497-0967.
New York Division 23
The New York Division 23 fishes its second event of the year June 25 at Lake Champlain. That tournament launches out of Dock Street Marina, located at 5 Dock Street in Plattsburgh, N.Y. To register for that tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=14763.
Considered by many the sixth Great Lake, Lake Champlain covers about 514 square miles on the New York-Vermont border. One of the largest natural freshwater lakes in the world, it drops to more than 400 feet deep in places. The sixth largest freshwater lake in the United States stretches 125 miles long and measures up to 14 miles across in places. The lake offers anglers 587 shoreline miles.
The lake connects to the St. Lawrence River to the north through the Richelieu River, the major outflow. More than 30 tributaries flow into the system. Major tributaries include the Missisquoi, Au Sable, Chazy, Saranac and La Chute Rivers. More than 70 islands dot the surface.
The massive lake offers anglers some of the best smallmouth action in the nation. Some brownies exceed five pounds. Although mostly known of its fabulous smallmouth fishing, the deep, clear lake also provides good opportunities for largemouth bass. The southern end of the lake usually produces the best largemouth action.
During a division tournament held June 11, 2022, out of the Ticonderoga Ferry ramp in Ticonderoga, N.Y., Brett G. Carnright from Plattsburgh, N.Y. won the Boater Division with a 5-bass tournament limit going 21.10 pounds. His biggest bass weighed 4.19 pounds.
Taking fourth place for the boaters, Joseph S. Tefft from Fort Edward, N.Y. brought in five bass for 19.50 pounds. He anchored that sack with a 5.89-pounder that won the tournament lunker contest.
In the Co-Angler Division during that June 11 event, Chris L. Fonda of Pembroke, N.H. landed a 3-bass division limit weighing 11.90 pounds. He included a 4.39-pound kicker in the bag.
Timothy C. Rougier from Plattsburgh, N.Y. finished seventh for the co-anglers with three bass weighing 8.97 pounds. However, he filled that sack with a 4.41-pounder that took the division lunker title.
The division next goes to the St. Lawrence River to fish the Thousand Islands area on July 23, 2022. That tournament runs out of French Creek Marina, located at 250 Wahl Street in Clayton, N.Y. To register for this tournament, see www.americanbassanglers.com/proddetail.php?prod=14764.
For more information about this tournament, call Tournament Director Jeff Randall at (256)777-6152.
American Bass Anglers is sponsored by Caymas Boats, Mercury Marine, T-H Marine, Garmin Electronics, Power Pole, Lucas Oil, RT Outdoors, Sportsman Card, Optima Batteries, Hotel Planner.com, and LurePartsOnline.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, offering each competitor an upward path for individual angler progression.
For more information about American Bass Anglers, the Open Series, the American Fishing Tour, the American Couples Series, the annual Military Team Bass Tournament, and the Top 150 Solo Tour, all presented by Caymas Boats, visit www.americanbassanglers.com or call (256) 232-0406
This story was written by ABA staff writer John N. Felsher. To submit articles of interest email email@example.com.
American Fishing Tour - Latest News
Jackson Garners Win on Grand Lake
June 11, 2022. . . Well, it was a great day of fishing for Mr. Kevin Jackson of Monett, MO, who brought in 5 beautiful bass at a total weight of 18.45 lbs. Second place went to Mr. Randy Baskins of Owasso, OK, with 5 alive at 16.15 lbs. Big bass honors went to Bryan Jackson also from Monett, MO, with a 5.70 lbs bass. Despite soaring temps, all fish were in good shape and were returned to the lake safe and sound.
Team Blalock Wins South Carolina Division Finale
ELBERTON, Ga. – Mike and Deanna Blalock won the South Carolina Division 11 season finale of the American Bass Anglers American Couples Series, Presented by Caymas Boats, held May 21, 2022, on Lake Russell on the South Carolina-Georgia line.
Storey Tops The Field At Clarks Hill Reservoir
APPLING, Ga. – Steve Storey won the Boater Division in the American Bass Anglers Open Series, Presented by Caymas Boats, South Carolina Division 9 tournament, held June 25, 2022, on Clarks Hill Reservoir.
Wilson Wins Wire-To-Wire Victory on Sam Rayburn
ZAVALLA, Texas – Kris L. Wilson held out to win the American Bass Anglers Top 150 Solo Series, Presented by Caymas Boats, Southwest Division regular season finale, held June 18, 2022, on Lake Sam Rayburn near Zavalla, Texas.