Water down on Cherokee

Garrick Dixon and I are riding with local Bill Humbard during the last day of practice before the 2017 Bassmaster Elite Series begins on Cherokee Lake. Humbard — a 26-year-veteran of Cherokee — predicts the areas that are holding fish and notes the fish adjust a lot more quickly than most would think on this draw-down lake. Humbard believes the winning stringers will need to be between 16 and 20 pounds a day and smallmouth will be a key factor. 

Final day of practice underway

Hours from now, the entire 110-angler Bassmaster Elite Series field will be loading their boats and headed to registration.

Tomorrow morning, the anticipated 2017 season will be underway!

Watch for live updates, blogs, photos and videos to provide minute-by-minute of the Cherokee Lake opener.

A cold start for Poche

A cold start for Keith Poche as he heads out for Practice Day 1 on Cherokee.

Rigged and ready to compete

Gary Klein is rigged and ready to compete in the first Bassmaster Elite event of 2017!

Brainard heads out

Jay Brainard heads out for the first Elite event on Cherokee.