1st Place Best 5
Congratulations to Mark Balbinot for winning the Best 5 competition. Mark brought in a total of 20.35 Pounds. Mark wins a total of $180.
“Most of the fish were caught at Clinton Lake near Clinton Illinois. Weather was cold, cloudy, windy and rain showers the 2 days I was there. Fish were caught on buzzbait, spinnerbait and jig. All fish were caught in 4' of water or less. The last fish that bumped me up was caught at Canton Lake near Canton Illinois. That fish was caught on a jig near a laydown just before I was about to give up for the day.”
Check out the full Lake Clinton fishing report on OmniaFishing.com
Location: Clinton Lake - Clinton Illinois
Gear: Basspro Carbonlite 2.0 Bait Caster, Cabelas Tourney Special 7' Medium Rod
Lure: Strike King Rattle Jig - Black and Blue
Technique: Buzz baits, Spinnerbaits, Structure Jigs
2nd Place Best 5, 1st Place Big Bass, Connect Fishing League Big Bass Bonus
Cody Dison takes home 2nd place with a total of 20.30 Pounds and wins $90. Cody also wins the Big Bass competition with a 7.42 pound largemouth bass for another $90. Since Cody is an active Connect Fishing League member he will also take home the Big Bass bonus prize of $50 bringing his total payout to $230.
Connect Outdoors Fishing Report:
“The two days that I was on Lake Chickamauga, the fish were in a pre-spawn pattern and beginning to move shallow with the rising water. Water temps were in the low to mid 60s with a good stain. I had a mix of clouds and sun each day with highs in the mid 60’s.
I focused on the edges of ditches and channels that were leading into spawning pockets. The key on these ditch/creek edges was finding larger clumps of grass amongst the sporadic grass. All my fish on Chickamauga were caught by slow rolling my chatter bait until it got caught up in the clumps of grass and then ripping it free.”
Check out the full fishing report with links to some of the gear on OmniaFishing.com
Location: Chickamauga Lake Dayton, TN
Gear: Abu Garcia Revo STX - Shimano Clarus 7’0 Medium
Lure: Z-Man Jackhammer Chatter Bait in Chartreuse/White or Bluegill paired with a Yamamoto Zako Swimbait
Comments: The tournament was a blast. I loved the longer fishing period. Gave us a lot more flexibility to get out and fish.
Structure: Submerged Vegetation, Humps
Thanks to everyone that participated. If you are interested in competing, registration is open for our next tournament in May.