Lucky Craft Open Comes to Lake Oroville April 10th!

It's nearly here. An open event with all the excitement of the Snag Proof and Yamamoto opens. On April 10th, Lake Oroville will be the site of the first annual Lucky Craft Open, which will give the best reaction bait fishermen in the west a chance to compete for cash and prizes in what is sure to resemble and ol’ fashion western shootout!

The excitement in fishing this event lies in the fact that only Lucky Craft baits can be used! And before you start thinking that the only baits Lucky Craft produces are rip baits…you’d better think again. Lucky Craft, considered by many pros to be the finest hard-baits produced, makes a complete variety of baits – including buzz baits and spinnerbaits!

That’s right…in addition to producing the ripbaits that helped make Gary Dobyn’s famous, Lucky Craft makes outstanding crankbaits, poppers, propbaits, buzzbaits, walking baits, and a new line of spinnerbaits! In fact, Skeet Reese won a B.A.S.S tour event in 2002, using a Lucky Craft lipless crankbait. With over 20 different types of baits to choose from in this event, there will be something for everyone’s style of reaction fishing!

Dave Rush, recent winner of a major pro-am event on Oroville, and noted spotted bass expert, loves the possibilities a reaction bait tournament on Orville in the spring can bring. “Depending on how long winter stays with us, at that time of year you are going to have fish in various stages of the spawn” Dave commented. “That means that you may find an outrageous top water (Sammy) bite or be able to target largemouth’s getting ready to move up, or locate post-spawn spots and smallies cruising around in wolf packs looking for an easy crankbait/spinnerbait type meal to pick off!….anyway you cut it…it should be a wide open bite”!

Infusing even more excitement into this event will be the addition of a special feature within the tournament called the “Lucky Craft Dealer Team Shootout”. In this “shootout”, boat dealers throughout California will submit up to 5 of their pro-staff teams to fish against other dealer pro-staff teams for the rights to claim the Lucky Craft Dealer Cup. The Lucky Craft Dealer Cup is a beautifully designed crystal cup that will bear the winning dealer’s name and pro-staff members images engraved on it! This cup, along with a special cash prize for the winners, will be presented to the winning team/dealership for braggin’ rights - until next year’s event comes around!

On Friday, April 9th, prior to Saturday’s event, we will host a product/boat show in the casino’s concert event center, featuring some of the latest tackle and tools needed for reaction bait fishing. Boats, electronics, reaction bait rods, custom painted baits, hooks, and fishing line made specifically for throwing reaction baits will be available for you to see and sample. Gary Dobyn’s, the west’s all-time money winner and rippin’ king, will forego fishing this event to be on hand to provide a seminar and valuable tips on fishing Oroville in the spring as well as helping with the some of the weigh-in duties!

Payout would be 1 in 5, and a sample payout based on 150 teams (WITHOUT OPTIONS INCLUDED) would look like this:

1st Place - $4,000
2nd Place - $3,000
3rd Place - $1,500
4th Place - $1,000
5th Place - $700
6th- 10th - $600
11th-15th - $450
16th-20th - $300
21st- 25th - $150
26th-30 - $100

Don’t delay!…. the first 100 teams to sign-up will receive:

Free Gamakastu treble hooks for up to two baits (Gamakatsu will be on hand to do the hook swaps)

A 150 yard spool of quality P-Line (various strengths)

Plano tackle box tray

Prime rib or Seafood buffet dinner courtesy of Gold River Casino for either Fri or Sat night

Lamiglas cap when you show you use a Lamiglas rod

You can find a complete line of Lucky Craft baits in the following tackle stores:

Outdoor Pro Shop – Rohnert Park, Oakland
Fishermen’s Warehouse – Rancho Cordova, Manteca
Extreme Angler – Oakley
Sac Pro Tackle – Sacramento
Oroville Outdoors – Oroville
Mc Graths Bait & Tackle – Oroville
Fishin Depot – Granite Bay
Hook, Line, & Sinker - Oakley
Walton’s Pond – San Leandro
Hi’ Tackle Box – San Francisco
Berryessa Sporting Goods – Winters
Limit Out Tackle – Clearlake Oaks
Tackle IT – Clearlake (Lakeport)
Phil’s Props & Tackle – Redding
Outdoor Sportsman - Stockton

So come on out and join us for what is sure to be an event to remember! Reaction fishin’ in the springtime on Oroville….it doesn’t get any better than that!

See you all there!

- Anglers Press

For more information regarding rules and to printout an entry for this event, please go to or email us at To reach us by phone please call: (916) 768-0938

(Angler’s Press is a professional resume and marketing group that specializes in producing quality angler portfolios and specialty bass fishing events)