Ohio Tournament Anglers Set to Wrap Up Season
The Ohio Division 20 of the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Weekend Series, operated by American Bass Anglers, ends it regular season Aug. 6, 2011, on Mosquito Lake.
Anglers will run out of Mosquito Lake State Park Landing, located at 1439 State Route 305 in Cortland. Registration begins at 4 p.m. on Aug. 5 at BWS stage trailer in the park. Anglers fishing the Boater Division may weigh in up to five bass. Co-anglers may weigh in up to three bass.
Built in 1944 with the damming of Mosquito Creek in Trumbull County about nine miles upstream from Niles, Mosquito Lake covers about 7,241 acres. Part of Mosquito Lake State Park, the impoundment drops to about 24 feet deep in places.
The lake contains good populations of largemouth bass and some smallmouth. The bass feed heavily upon small bluegill and yellow perch, so crankbaits or spinners that imitate these forage fish might work. Bluegill mostly stay near the milfoil beds with bass lurking nearby to snatch any unsuspecting panfish.
Many anglers fish the milfoil beds with soft-plastic frogs or senkos. Also work Texas-rigged soft plastics or Carolina rigs over hard-bottom areas off points. On the flats, fish walking topwater baits or buzzbaits in the morning. For smallmouth, fish rocky areas with deep-diving crankbaits, craw worms on jigheads or other soft-plastic baits that imitate crawfish or baitfish.
During a July 31, 2010, BWS tournament, Nick Prvonozac of Warren won the Boater Division with five bass weighing 14.87 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 4.72-pound lunker that took the tournament big bass title. Prvonozac fished weed beds, stumpy areas and offshore drops with a variety of baits, but caught most of his fish on spinnerbaits. The lunker gobbled a Booyah Vibra-Flex spinnerbait.
In the Co-Angler Division during that July 2010 tournament, Josh Smith of Germantown won with three bass going 8.89 pounds. He anchored his bag with a 3.67-pounder and caught most of his fish on Texas-rigged Berkley Power Baits. Aaron Counts of Columbus landed the division lunker, a 4.29-pounder.
For more information on this tournament, call Gary Conner, tournament manager, at (256) 230-5627 or ABA at (888) 203-6222. Online, see www.americanbassanglers.com.