Maryland Tournament Fast Approaching

Maryland anglers of Division 21 of the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, head to Lake Anna on April 2 for the 2011 season opener.

The anglers launch at Sturgeon Creek Marina, located at 5107 Courthouse Road near Spotsylvania, Va. Registration begins at 4 p.m. on April 1. Each angler competing in the Boater Division can weigh in up to five bass. Co-anglers can bring in up to three bass.

The second largest reservoir located entirely within the commonwealth, Lake Anna spreads across 9,600 acres of Virginia countryside southwest of Spotsylvania. The 17-mile-long lake on the North Anna River offers anglers more than 200 miles of shorelines. The lake can produce bass exceeding 8 pounds.

Many anglers fish the drop-offs or riprap near the dam with jigs, blade baits, crankbaits or spinnerbaits. As the water warms in the spring, bass move into the shallows to spawn. Look for bedding fish along the shorelines and in the flats. Drop soft-plastic creature baits, beavers, worms or lizards into the beds.

In April, many anglers fish the North Anna River or Pamunkey channels with spinnerbaits, rattling baits, crankbaits or jigs. Look for rocks, stumps or brush that can provide good cover for bass. Also hit dock pilings with spinnerbaits, soft plastics or crankbaits. Off points, drag jigs or Carolina-rigged lizards for large females staging in deeper water before moving to the spawning grounds. Suspending jerkbaits also work well around shallow cover.

During a May 1, 2010, BWS tourney, Allan Engelmeyer of Severn Md., won the Boater Division with five bass weighing 13.75 pounds. His biggest bass weighed 5.50 pounds. He pulled one big one off a bed and caught the rest on Carolina rigs, Texas-rigged brush hogs, finesse worms and senkos. Gary Bailey of Baltimore landed the tournament lunker, a 6.82-pounder.

In the Co-Angler Division for that 2010 tournament, Gary Atwell of Mechanicsville, Va., won with three bass going 8.08 pounds. His 5.44-pounder took division lunker honors. Staying in deeper water, he fished offshore structure 23 feet deep with a shaky head.

For more information on this tournament, call Gary Conner at (256) 230-5627 or call ABA at (888) 203-6222. On line, see

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