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Lake Eufaula hopes to shine for major BASS tournament

by Ed Godfrey Published: June 1, 2014

Beginning Wednesday, Lake Eufaula will be the site of the BASS Nation Central Divisional, a tournament featuring bass fishing teams from eight states.

Oklahoma BASS National president Mike Myers said the response from anglers in neighboring states on learning Lake Eufaula’s selection as the site of the championship tournament was the same: “That mudhole?”

But Myers hopes Lake Eufaula will shine during the three-day tourney, which features anglers from Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Nebraska and Oklahoma competing for a chance to participate in the Bassmaster Classic.

“Lake Eufaula is a lake of many faces,” Myers said. “There is so many ways to actually fish Lake Eufaula.”

Miles upon miles of rock riprap shoreline will be a key target for the Central Divisional competitors at Lake Eufaula.

“It will be postspawn then, so the fish will also be on points,” said Bassmaster Elite Series pro Scott Ashmore of Broken Arrow, who predicts most of the fish will be holding in the 5- to 15-foot range throughout the tournament.

Ashmore’s favorite tactic for postspawn bass on the riprap is swimming a tube bait in a bluegill hue. Firetiger crankbaits will also trigger strikes from bass on the rocks. Productive lures to try along the points include black buzzbaits and white-and-chartreuse spinnerbaits.

Largemouth are the dominant bass species in the lake, but Ashmore suggests the Central Divisional contenders could win by pursuing smallmouth.

“The smallmouth have come on like a freight train in all the Oklahoma lakes,” Ashmore said. “There are smallmouth in Eufaula over 8 pounds.”

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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