Edwin Evers knows a thing or two about analyzing a lake. He's a nine-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier and has won well over a million dollars fishing for bass. Based on that experience and a full day on the water, Evers theorizes that Kentucky Lake is as good as ever, maybe better, and that it'll offer anglers and fans at this week's Tennessee Triumph Elite Series event an exciting four days of bass fishing.
"There was nothing special about my practice today (Sunday). My biggest fish might have weighed 2 1/2 pounds, but don't let that fool you. This is one of the best bass fisheries in the country, and it'll produce good weights before this is over," says the Talala, Okla., angler who currently holds down the No. 2 spot in the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year race.
"The water's between 81 and 83 degrees with more color than we've seen in past years. Today there wasn't much current, but that'll probably change tomorrow. They'll need power for the workweek, and that'll really turn them on. We'll see weights comparable to what we've seen in the past."
That means serious bass fishing. In 2009 Bobby Lane brought home 20 bass that weighed 97 pounds, 9 ounces. Second place finisher Kevin VanDam caught another 20 for 92 pounds, 1 ounce. In 2008 the weights were down, but not by much. VanDam — the winner — weighed four sacks that tipped the scales at 84 pounds, 13 ounces. Tim Horton was nipping at his heels with 83 pounds, 12 ounces. That's a 4-pound average in 2008 and darn near 5 pounds in 2009.
The only wild card that Evers sees is a lack of grass this year, which he attributes to the high water caused by the heavy rains earlier this spring.
"I'd say this'll be one of the most exciting events of the season, grass or no grass. The grass helps, there's no doubt about that, but it isn't much of a factor out on the ledges where the heavy weights will be caught. That's the way it is every year.
"The bite will be on. Do I have to tell you what that means? The guys will really get on them, and those who find the right spots will all bring in heavy sacks. I wouldn't be surprised to see it bust 100 pounds by the time it's over. This is one fine bass lake."