Are you ready to do a little bass fishing? If so, you may want to clear your calendar for Saturday, July 14, 2012. There is a great fishing tournament planned for that day and you won't want to miss it. Over $6,000 in prize money and bragging rights are up for grabs. Here are a few more details:
Bass Fishing Tournament Details
The fishing tournament is being held by the Walmart Bass Fishing League and it's geared towards recreational anglers. It is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 14, 2012, from 6:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., at the Maysville River Park located on Main Street in Maysville, Kentucky. Entry fees start at $100 per co-angler and are payable upon registration.
Advance registration may be completed on Friday, July 13, 2012, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., at the Maysville Walmart located on Market Square Drive. A 6:30 p.m. obligatory anglers' meeting is expected to follow. Anglers that can't make it to the registration session may opt to pre-register through the FLW's website.
In addition to registering, interested anglers will also need to be in possession of a valid Ohio fishing license. A one-day, Ohio fishing license may be purchased online for $11. A one-day, non-resident, Kentucky fishing license may also be purchased online for $10.
Boating and Camping Resources
For anglers arriving by boat, the Maysville River Park Marina is located on the Ohio River near mile marker 407. The marina features a fueling area, a boat launch, onsite camping, restrooms and a place to purchase sundries. Additional marinas are available at mile marker 395.2 (Island Creek Marina) and mile marker 409 (Lovely Lady Marina). Just in case Maysville's campsites are already reserved, I should also mention that the Island Creek Marina features onsite camping as well. Navigational charts that include bridge clearances are located on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Huntington District's website.
Ohio River Fishing Forecast
Since the middle of June 2012, daytime air temperatures around Maysville have been in the 80s and 90s (Fahrenheit). That temperature trend is expected to continue through mid July. Anglers that like to pay attention to the solar and lunar calendars should also note that a last quarter moon is expected to occur on Thursday, July 11, 2012 and sunrise is anticipated to occur around 6:16 a.m.
As of June 26, 2012, the water level at Maysville was at 33.5 feet and the surface water temperature was reputedly at 82 degrees Fahrenheit. The bass are in a post-spawn mode and are believed to be seeking cooler, higher oxygenated waters during the heat of the day. As such, anglers may want to consider targeting the beds and humps with a Carolina rigged worm. Using a wacky rig around the emergent timber and docks is also worth a try in the morning.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys fishing with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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