Test Your Bass Fishing Skills

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There were 98 children who tried their luck on Labor Day at the Lake Isabella Holiday Kids’ Tournament. Lindan Hartford reeled in the prize catch of the day, a beautiful 2.57-pound largemouth bass!

LI Kids Derby  Labor Day Kids Derby

Lindan Hartford

Lindan Hartford

Traditionally, Lake Isabella is a great place to fish after Labor Day. The lake isn’t getting as much fishing pressure as it did throughout the summer, and channel catfish stocking continues weekly through the end of September. Chicken liver fished deadline is tough to beat.

The final Great Parks Bass Series tournament of 2014 will be this Sunday, September 7 at Sharon Woods lake. The tournament will run from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m., and registration begins at 6 a.m. at the boathouse. Sharon Woods is full of brilliant green weeds, and anglers are reporting good catches using plastic creature baits in and around the thick vegetation. The last few tournaments at Sharon Woods have produced many limits of fish. According to Brent Jones, who is one of the favorites to weigh in a big bag of fish on Sunday, “Catching a limit isn’t the challenge; you have to find big fish to win.” Tournament participants will depend on plastic frogs and swim baits to trick those bigger fish into eating. Look for a five-fish limit in the 12-pound range to win this event.

Neal Ramsey, District Recreation Manager