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Fall 2017 Fall 2017 Fall is once again upon us and that marks the last season and issue of WesternBass Magazine for the year. As the year is quickly coming to a close, many of us find ourselves looking at year-end invitationals, our Tournament of Champions (TOC) or the last of big event of our season. Through September, we will watch as the Wild West Bass Trail (WWBT) Lucas Oil Championship and the WON Bass U.S. Open both launch on Lake Mead. To help our readers ready for their bass search on this desert lake, we checked for some tips from the 2009 U.S. Open champ Gary Dobyns. For some fall info for anglers fishing the River2Sea Open, Best Bass Tournaments (BBT) Tournament of Champions (TOC) or the final stop of the FLW Costa Series Western Division on Clear Lake, we went to the unprecedented winner of back-to-back WON Bass California Opens (2016, 2017) as well as the reigning WWBT Pro/AM champ Wayne Breazeale for a few words of advice. There are several California Delta events, that we are also looking forward to – the Don Lee Memorial Tournament on the California Delta, offering 50 percent of the entry to the Don Lee College Scholarship Fund for Youth and The BassFest, a two-day bass fishing event like no other with one day of vendors and pro tips and a second day of tournament competition. Looking back at the summer, WesternBass wants to congratulate several of the western anglers for their accomplishments away from home – out for his rookie season on the FLW Tour, Aaron Britt (Yuba City, Calif.) qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup and fished his way to a top-10 in the event, Gary Haraguchi (Redding, Calif.) not only earned the FLW Tour co-angler Angler of the Year (AOY) title for 2017, he then traveled across the country to 1000 Islands in July and claimed another victory, putting himself in the lead for the FLW Northern Division Co AOY by 25 points, Chico State teammates Tyler Firebaugh and Chad Sweitzer for their 3rd place finish in the B.A.S.S. College Championship on the Mississippi River, Mark Daniels Jr. (formerly of the California Delta) with a 4th place finish as in the Rookie of the Year (ROY) standings on the Bassmaster Elite Series and the always consistent Cody Meyer (Grass Valley, Calif.) for his 6th place in the FLW AOY standings for the year. Whether it is a year-end championship, personal best or simply more time on the water, there is still time to accomplish your fishing goal for the season; so, get out there on the water and give a try! Whether it is a year-end championship, personal best or simply more time on the water, there is still time to accomplishyour fishing goal for the season; so, get out there on the water and give a try! See you there....

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New Melones Lake
New Melones Lake By We have been having 30, 40 and 50-fish half day guided fishing trips. The weather has been absolutely gorgeous and the fish have really been responding well to it. We have finally reached the end of summer and are experiencing fall-like conditions. The water levels are falling very slowly this year and conditions have been fairly stable. The water temperature has begun to cool and is in the mid to high 70’s. The fish are feeding heavily in anticipation for the colder months to come. With the shad schooling and the bass chasing them in many areas of the lake. There is an abundance of forage, including shad, sunfish, bluegill, and baby bass. When you find an area that has smaller fish you can be sure there are larger fish nearby. Each trip we are finding new patterns that will sometimes only last for a short period of time. It is very important to keep an open mind and be willing to make on the water adjustments. One day they will be crushing reaction type lures and the next day a finesse rig is the only way to get a bite. A topwater lure is always on deck. Early mornings and late evening are the best times to get some good blow-ups. Prop baits and walk-the-dog baits have been producing. As far as subsurface reaction baits are concerned; spinnerbaits, small swimbaits and crankbaits are working best. It just depends on the day and the conditions. Each day finesse rigs will get plenty of bites. A small shad patterned worm rigged on a darthead or shakeyhead and fished on rocky banks will put fish in the boat. Also, try using a dropshot rig once you have located some baitfish and feeding bass. We primarily target bass, but on each trip, we are getting some giant bluegill and crappie on our bass presentations. This past week we landed multiple crappie that weighed up to 2-pounds. The lake is very healthy and the future is looking bright. October is going to be a good month to catch some beautiful New Melones bass. We also fished the Delta a couple times this month and had a blast! Caught some giants with my good friend Nate Monroe and the topwater bite was cracking all day!

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