Bull Shoals was one of the best tournaments in the Elite Series last year.
Shaw Grigsby with a 2.25 lb-er. He has a limit at approximately 11 lbs. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Tony Harrison.
Bill Lowen is fishing in the back of a creek with the first truly stained water we've seen. The water here is 54 degrees. He just caught a small bass and tossed it back. The wind has gradually increased from this morning. The sun has yet to take the chill out of the air. Lowen just caught another short bass. He has five small keepers in his livewell.
Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Troy Krodinger.
The photo above shows the marker board at Bull Shoals Lake Boat Dock and illustrates a rising lake level. But it hadn't been updated at 7 a.m. today to reveal just how fast this 45,000-acre lake is filling. At 10 a.m., the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website showed the current level is 656.11 feet above sea level - that's a rise of 2.25 feet since Wednesday at midnight. (Power pool or normal level is 654.0)
We know there are fish on the beds in Bull Shoals, but evidently not many are fishing for them. The sun has popped out so that likelihood could grow. But if you will see some of Mark Hicks' reports you will see that the wind is blowing a lot of these guys around. That type wind makes it hard to see beds, especially here.
Randy Howell adds another keeper to the livewell. Photo by Bassmaster Marshal Dustin Stacey.
It’s never too early to get it in gear on the Bassmaster Elite Series.