BY STEVE McCADAMS
For one angler in particular the bass fishing last week on Kentucky Lake was pretty doggone good. Matt Robertson of Kuttawa, Ky., swept the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) LBL Division last weekend after winning back-to-back tournaments on Kentucky and Barkley lakes presented by Navionics.
He topped the field of anglers out of Paris Landing State Park on Saturday and then again on Sunday. For his wins, Robertson earned a total of $7,842.
“I was fishing the mid-section of Kentucky Lake — from the Blood River to the Highway 68 bridge,” said Robertson, who earned his first two wins in FLW competition. “I didn’t catch a whole lot of fish Saturday — probably seven keepers. The high water had the schools busted up.”
Robertson said his key baits Saturday were a blue and chartreuse-colored Strike King 5XD crankbait and an Ole Smokey — or Natural Light-colored — Scottsboro Tackle swimbait. His rod setup included a Lew’s 7-foot, 6-inch Custom Pro Mark Rose Ledge casting rod with a Lew’s Wide Spool Super Duty casting reel.
“I was just fishing points at the mouths of the bays, where the fish would come to after they spawned,” said Robertson. “I think the lake is about a month behind, and a lot of them are just now getting done.”
On Sunday, Robertson returned to a couple of spots he’d fished Saturday, but they didn’t produce. He went searching and found a couple of small schools around the mouth of Jonathan Creek. He again fished the Scottsboro Tackle swimbaits, but added he caught the majority of his fish on a Texas-rigged, green-pumpkin-colored Strike King KVD Perfect Plastic Bullworm. Robertson said he caught about 10 keepers Sunday.
“My fish were all largemouth this weekend,” said Robertson. “I just had to keep an open mind and not get too stuck on where I’d been catching them. The fish are moving a lot with the rising water.”
Local anglers doing well were Michael Wasden of Paris, who landed a stringer weighing 17 pounds, 14 ounces on Saturday to place fourth and earn $664, and Hunter Louden of Springville, who had a nice stringer in the Sunday tournament that weighed 20 pounds, 6 ounces to place second and earn $1,668. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the region based on point standings, along with the five winners in each qualifying event, will enter the Oct. 17-19 BFL Regional Championship on Lake Guntersville in Alabama, presented by Mercury.
Boaters will compete for a top award of a Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard and $20,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new Ranger Z518L with a 200-horsepower outboard.
AMERICAN CRAPPIE TRAIL
A two-day crappie tournament will be held this week on Kentucky Lake out of Paris Landing State Park marina. The American Crappie Trail will offer the event with anglers fishing on Friday and Saturday. For additional information, log onto www.americancrappietrail.com.
WILDLIFE COMMISSION MEETING
The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission is holding its meeting in Cookeville at the Country Inn & Suites this week. Thursday’s committee meetings began at midday. The regular commission meeting starts at 9 a.m. today. The public is invited to attend each day.
An overview of the Tennessee Cooperative Fisheries Research unit will be presented. The cooperative agreement is among the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Society, and Tennessee Tech resources to address TWRA’s research needs.
During the Wildlife Management Committee meeting, there will be a presentation on the 2019 quota hunts. The application period for the 2019 Wildlife Management Area Big Game Quota Hunts, the Cherokee Party dog hunts, the regular elk, youth elk, and for WMA youth runs through Monday. There will also be a presentation on waterfowl blind drawings. There will be a rule amendment to governing shooting-operation of private wildlife preserves.
This amendment would allow big game wildlife preserves to acquire in-state chronic wasting disease (CWD) susceptible species once the animals are enrolled in a CWD monitoring program with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.
This would remove the mandatory enrollment, minimum of five years, and prior to a preserve taking possession of the animals. Also, the amendment would require the state ag department to be responsible for all mandatory CWD testing on preserves and any escapes of non-indigenous mammals.
Today — Summer officially begins.
Today-Saturday — American Crappie Trail, Paris Landing State Park.
July 1 — Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency boat registration fees increase.