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Spring 2015 Magazine Hi All, With the spawning season upon us, it is an exciting time in the bass fishing world. We wait for big limits, double-digit fish and the spring issue of WesternBass.com, which is now here for your enjoyment. We have many events ahead to look forward to including the long-awaited, much-anticipated western swing of the Bassmaster Elite Series, the 2nd stop of the FLW Rayovac Western Division on the California Delta, California, the 3rd annual WON Bass California Open on the famed big bass fishery of Clear Lake and one of the biggest draws on our tidal waters - the Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge. Stay tuned to WesternBass as we bring updates from these and other events. Our site is made possible by many great sponsors, please consider them when making your fishing related purchases. See you on the water, Wayne
Winter 2015 Magazine We’ve just wrapped up another successful year at Angler’s Marine Bass-A-Thon and are about to launch into the 2015 International Sportsmen’s Expo (ISE) in Sacramento.  Show season can only mean one thing ... the start of another new fishing season is upon us.  To help fill your year with more bass catching opportunities, WesternBass will again offer exclusive seminar coverage of both sports shows in the VIDEO section as wells as the new year’s manufacturer catalogs in our INTERACTIVE PRODUCT section For 2015, you can continue to look forward to the free magazine, weekly front page features, video clips, pro tips, tournament announcements, lake info and more. WesternBass has several new sponsors on board for the magazine and the website. We ask that readers support those that help us bring the site to you and express our deepest appreciate for your continued support of WesternBass.com. Wishing everyone a year of new personal bests, Wayne
Fall 2014 Magazine Hi, The weather is turning cooler as we move into fall and with that comes TOC season. We are excited for all of the upcoming events here in the West. We will do our best to bring you all of the tournament announcements, updates and results that are available. I would like to thank all of the participants in the first annual Don Lee Memorial Tournament for their support in an event to honor a man that was instrumental in the sport. I would also like to congratulate Clifford Pirch for joining the ranks of Mike Folkestad and Aaron Martens with three U.S. Open championships following his win at Mead this month. Lastly, I want to thank all of the site users that are growing our FB site by leaps and bounds and hope that you enjoy our new feature that allows quick and easy photo uploading to the site. It is something that we implemented due to your suggestions. Thank you for being part of WesternBass. always, good fishing! Wayne

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Industry Press Releases

Lake Pickwick (Tennessee) Catch-A-Dream Bass Classic This Weekend It's been talked about and talked about for months. Now it's almost time for the 2015 Pickwick Lake Catch-A-Dream Bass Classic. Anglers not signed up for the event taking place out of Pickwick Landing State Park still have an opportunity to enter the tournament.
Bass Pro Shops Drift Anchor Controls Boat Speed One of the most important factors for consistently catching fish is boat control. When you're at the mercy of the wind, presenting a lure at the right speed and depth can be a challenge whether you're trolling, casting or drifting the hot bite. An affordable solution for controlling boat speed so you can stay on fish is Bass Pro Shops Extreme Drift Anchor. The idea of a drift anchor is pretty straight forward. As your boat is pushed across the water by the wind, deploying a drift anchor slows you down; much like a parachute keeps someone from gaining too much speed when they jump from an airplane. Place the drift anchor in the right position on the boat, and you can achieve a completely horizontal drift. That way everyone onboard gets an equal shot.
McMurdo Personal Locator Devices Here's a brief look at two of the most popular personal technology devices for safer summer boating, courtesy of McMurdo, a leading manufacturer of boating safety electronics and official safety beacon provider of the hit Discovery Channel reality television series Deadliest Catch.Personal Automated Identification System Man Overboard Devices (AIS MOB) McMurdo introduced the world's first personal AIS Man Overboard (AIS MOB) Device 3 years ago and was the life-saving device in the high-profile rescue of Andrew Taylor in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
Wiley X Reminds Americans to Honor True Meaning of Memorial Day On Monday, May 25, Americans coast to coast will celebrate Memorial Day with picnics, parades and perhaps a family trip to the lake or seashore. These are all wonderful family activities, and engaging in them is a big part of what makes Memorial Day such a unique American holiday. The real significance, however, runs much deeper. As a veteran-founded company with a nearly 30 year history working with America's military, Wiley X® has never lost sight of the real meaning behind this significant day of remembrance.
Family-Friendly Fun Is In Store At BASSfest In Northwest Tennessee PARIS, Tenn. — When the second annual BASSfest celebration gets underway June 3, 124 of America's best bass anglers will be focused on one goal — winning the lion's share of the $850,000 prize purse. Fans attending the event June 3-7 will have a multitude of options to keep them entertained for days, however. The Zippo Bassmaster BASSfest at Kentucky Lake presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps will feature an outdoors expo, a carnival for kids, an arts and crafts show and more. On Friday, June 5, Bassmaster University will offer must-attend seminars taught by Bassmaster Elite Series pros and B.A.S.S. staff.

Recent Lake Reports

Berryessa Lake By 0n Thursday evening I took Albert and his lovely wife Beverly out for an hour or so. I decided to fish the west side of the lake. We were trolling for trout and had just started and sure enough I got a hit and asked Beverly if you would like to reel the fish in. She did a good job and we had our trout on board. The next three hits were all bass and by the time she had reeled in the last fish she was pooped but had really enjoyed it (see photo). Friday I fished on my own and prepared all the rods for my customers for the following day. I limited out on bass (see photo). Saturday I had my hands full I took out a group for a bachelor party fishing trip. In the first half hour we caught three nice size bass up to 3.5 pounds. The main fisherman who are holding up fish are Deric is the first in blue then its Adrian, Dan, and Matt. We took a ride around the lake and I pointed out some key spots from the Narrows to the Ranch house to the Vineyards fishing along the way. We ended up past the bridge fishing along the trees in the water. At the end of the day when they dropped me off at the dock they said to me that they had a blast (see photos). Sunday I went out with Kevin and his choice of fish is trout but he also enjoys catching bass. He caught a limit of bass up to 4+ pounds then we went looking for signs of trout. Kevin was thrilled because he ended up with a limit of trout too. All in all it was a great Memorial Day weekend on the lake. 'til next week...................................................good fishing!!!!!! www.fishingconnection.net If you have any questions or stories you would like to share or would like to book a guided fishing trip please email me at bestguide@hotmail.com or call me at 650-583-3333.
Clear Lake By Clear Lake this week…5/26/2015 Boy, what a change over the past week. Overall I’d rate the fishing at fair to very good. The thunderstorms Friday and Saturday certainly did not help, but nonetheless, the bite wasn’t affected too much. Lake level is 3.77 Rumsey and the flows have been slowed dramatically, all of the way down to 45 cfps. Unfortunately the water quality did suffered some from the warmer temps and boat traffic, still it remains above average for this time of year as well. Apparently the boat/ water ski traffic did a pretty good job of dicing up the weed beds up north and the floating remnants made bladed top waters challenging to say the least. This weekend the whopper plopper and frog took the top water honors, and the punch bite began to really take hold. Mid-lake finds the ledge fishing beginning to pick up with jigs, and Carolina rigs accounting for the best results there. South end you’ll find the senko and drop shop bite producing fish in the 4-5lb range on the breaks, and deeper docks. Yes, there are still some bed fish to be had, but water clarity dictates when and where right now. This weekend BBT is out of Red Bud Park on Saturday, and ABA has their event out of the Casino on Sunday. Speaking of Red Bud Park; all of the new docks are finally in as is the new lighting. Five full launch lanes with a car topper lane to make six. With the final sealer being applied this week, and stripping to be completed by the weekend, along with the new landscaping which is also on its way, this in now IMHO the finest launch facility on the lake. What a difference, and yes, as promised CLPD is actually cracking down on the local element as well, so perhaps there is some hope after all. One would certainly hope so after spending close to a million dollars on these improvements. Fingers crossed.