The pros enjoy sleeping-in at the Bassmaster Memorial as the launch time isn't until 8:00 a.m.
Apart from being a supporter of BASS and bass conservation, Butler was also a fine fisherman. In 1972, he won the Bassmaster Classic in dramatic fashion.
"The fishing should be good, as it usually is," said Rick Ash, an Elite Series pro who also is a guide on Oneida. "It's such a good lake. And July makes for really good fishing on Oneida.
Immediately following the Elite Empire Chase at Lake Erie, qualifying pros will drive back across the state to Oneida Lake for the second Major of the season, the Bassmaster Memorial.
Day One of the 2005 CITGO Bassmaster Northern Open on Oneida Lake has Craig Nels in the lead.
Day Two of the 2005 CITGO Northern Open on Oneida Lake has Shinichi Fukae in the lead.
Joey Rodrigues wins the 2005 CITGO Bassmaster Northern Open on Oneida Lake.
Watch as Mike Reynolds is honored by the United States Armed Forces at the Elite weigh-in.
Track Kevin VanDam as he makes his way around Oneida Lake.
Watch as Ike (Michael Iaconelli) boats a fish and does his own brand of celebrating.