Edwin Evers has been fishing Grand Lake of the Cherokees in his home state of Oklahoma for the past decade. He says he’s never seen it as high as it is now, but Evers believes there will be at least one bass near an unusual piece of structure.
“I’m going to catch one out of a flowerpot,” Evers said. “We’re going to be fishing in people’s front yards.”
“We” is Evers and Mark Broda, an Air Force veteran from Avon, Ind., who will accompany Evers in the next installment of the OPTIMA Batteries Healing Heroes In Action tour. It will be held Thursday at Grand Lake, site of both the 2013 GEICO Bassmaster Classic and the upcoming 2016 Classic.
You can see if Evers is able to back up his words. There will be a live stream of the action on Bassmaster.com from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. CT Thursday.
Evers and Broda will compete against Greg Mansfield and his partner. Mansfield made the top bid of $2,700 to earn this chance. That money will go to the Wounded Warriors In Action program, which is dedicated to serving U.S. combat wounded, Purple Heart recipients, by providing world-class outdoor sporting activities.
Almost 3 inches of rain over the Memorial Day weekend has put Grand Lake’s waters in some unusual places, like, as Evers noted, “people’s front yards.” Grand Lake is managed in a seasonal lake level plan. The goal is 742 feet above sea level during winter months, rising to 744 by June 1. Tuesday morning’s lake level was 749.99 – a rise of almost five feet since Sunday.
Because many Midwest and southern states have been inundated by heavy May rainstorms, Thursday’s outing may provide some practical bass fishing tips for high water conditions, in addition to the competition between the two two-angler teams.
Evers explained that his flowerpot prediction is based on a view that all good anglers make any time they are fishing a particular lake.
“I’ve seen stuff where I thought, ‘If the water ever gets up there, that will be a good place to catch a fish,’” Evers said.
It’s “up there” now, which should make for an interesting day. You can judge that for yourself on the live stream, beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday.