How Will the Weather Affect the 2013 Bassmaster Classic?

 The forecast for Tulsa OK and Grand Lake O? the Cherokees that will be hosting 53 of the world?s best anglers, during the 2013 Bassmaster Classic, is calling for snow Wednesday and a low of 32 followed by a warm front with storms Thursday before yielding to warmer temperatures and blue skies just in time for the classic to begin on Friday February 22-24. Not the ideal conditions for pre-spawn fishing, but to the elite anglers that will be competing in the event, it is all part of tournament fishing.       

 In conditions following a cold front that has dropped the temperature of the shallow water will often bring blue bird skies and many anglers give up following a cold front, but the pro?s know one simple truth, fish still eat. There are hot spots on many lakes that bass can be located following a pre-spawn cold front and the elite will target and pattern these areas quickly. Bluffs near shallow spawning flats and banks with a slope of forty-five degrees or more both will hold post cold front bass, especially if these areas contain cover of stumps, rocks or trees. In the sloping bank areas crankbaits prevail as a productive lure choice. Crawfish imitation colors are good in clear water, and in clouded water brighter craw patterns get noticed by the bass. And for the bluffs jig trailers in crawfish colors produce as well. Many anglers like to mix up their presentations on these areas until the bass let them know what they want.      
      As long as the water temperature remains in the lower fifties to upper forty?s, fishing can be productive in the deeper areas of coves and creek mouths. In these areas, fishing lipless crankbaits or jerkbaits are an affective presentation for finding the transitioning bass that are hold outs waiting for the warmth of spring. The days of early late February can be an exciting time to get out on the water. Migrating prespawn bass are always a delight to catch after a long winter. 

     

 By the last day of the classic, after a couple of days with the high temperatures near seventy, bass will be moving again. The spring like days will be welcomed by fish as well as the anglers. If you have watched weather forecast for Tulsa, the cold fronts during practice almost changed things for the anglers daily, the warming front moving in will also make changes. This is the reason anglers must learn to fish the conditions and not the calendar to be successful.      

 Nature will make this year?s Bassmaster Classic a very interesting tournament. Those anglers that quickly pattern the conditions following the rain and storms of Thursday may gain and hold an early advantage over the next two days under bluebird skies. I for one am excited to see who wins and with what lures and tactics they choose to bring up the pre-spawn bass from the Grand Lake O? the Cherokees.    

Happy Fishing!

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