Rain, rain, and now it’s fixing to pour

Watching it rain and rain and rain.


That was Gerald Swindle’s post Saturday morning. That rain has moved on, but … wait, it’s back.


Day Two of practice for the Classic greeted anglers with steady rain. The anglers posted as much.


From Timmy Horton: Good morning from the red river #bassmasterclassic. 100 mph rain suit day. #thankful for another day. God is good.


From Brandon Palaniuk: Day 2 of practice: Flash flood warnings & high winds! Things could get interesting!


They already are. Yesterday, Todd Faircloth reported that rain north Shreveport-Bossier City, which is hosting this week’s events, is key to how well the Red River will fish. That rain will flow south and affect the Classic fishery of Pools 5, 4, and 3.


In Shreveport, NOAA anticipated between 1.5 to 2 inches of total rain before the system gives way to sunny skies Sunday, when the high should get to around 60. The forecasts call for 1 to 1.5 inches from the Arkansas state line to Broken Bow, Okla., with it lowering north of there to under an inch.


So it won't be as bad as many had thought. The anglers just had to battle through a very damp day of practice. Many believe the Red River will stabilize by the first day of competition on Friday, as the forecast calls for highs in the 60s each day with sunny or partly cloudy skies. That should heat up the fishing.


On Weather.com, the next chance of rain in the area is the Monday after the Classic’s Sunday finale.

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