A Lake Full of Bass

All, Fishin' Line
Anglers prepare their boats at sunrise on Saturday, August 8 to head out on the water at Winton Lake for a day full of bass fishing.

A huge field of anglers spent six hours trying their luck on Winton Lake on Saturday, August 8 in the Great Parks Bass Series tournament. Every boat was used as 31 teams competed for more than $1,600 in prizes!

Winton Lake is the largest lake in Hamilton County. Many years of strict lake management has produced a wonderful fishery here, making it a perfect place for bass fishing. This beautiful midsummer morning did not disappoint; 21 of the 31 teams brought fish to the scales. There was a total of 114.33 lbs. of healthy bass weighed in and then released back into the lake.

Chris Setters and Matt Sharp won the tournament with a five bass limit that totaled 11.55 lbs. They used jigs, tubes and shakey-head finesse worms to catch their fish. Setters and Sharp won $735 in Great Parks gift cards and plaques.

A whiteboard lists angling teams, their largest catch and their total weight for the Bass Series tournament.

Nick Miller and Pat Wallace finished second with a limit weighing 10.99 lbs. Miller and Wallace won $525 in Great Parks gift cards and plaques. Brent Jones and Ryan Zwick finished third with 8.7 lbs. They won $315 in Great Parks gift cards and plaques. Jones and Zwick also overtook the point standings lead by a narrow three-point margin over Ben Luebberst with only one event remaining on the 2020 schedule.

Gary Manning fished with his son Tyler, and caught the biggest bass of the day. It tipped the scales at 4.34 lbs! He won the big fish jackpot, a Quantum fishing reel and a plaque for his lucky catch.

Anglers pose with their catch after the August 8 Bass Series tournament at Winton Woods.

The final Bass Series tournament of 2020 will be at Miami Whitewater Forest Lake on Saturday, September 12, from 7 a.m.–1 p.m. The top 20 anglers in the point standings at the conclusion of this event will qualify for the Bass Series Championship. The winner of the championship will win a $500 shopping spree at Bass Pro Shops.

Register online to ensure your spot in the next bass series tournament. Please arrive with ample time before the tournament and follow our new regulations to maintain social distancing.

The fish are waiting … come on out and try your luck!

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Neal Ramsey
Director of Guest Experiences, West Region