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Big Bass Splash Draws Nearer, Where Are The Fish Hiding?

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The KICKS/McDonalds Big Bass Splash is coming up May 18th-20th at Toledo Bend Reservoir.

With $440,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, you might want to know where the fish are hiding and what they’re biting on. 

Here’s what Greg Crafts at Toledo Bend Guide Service had to say in his most recent newsletter:

The black bass will be in transition, heading back to deep water. Early morning and late evening we’ll work the shallow flats close to deep water and main and secondary points with buzz baits, stick baits, swimming frogs, spinner baits, top water plugs, shallow diving cranks, finesse and soft plastics until the sun gets over head. Once the sun gets overhead and the shallow bite slows down, we’ll back out to deeper water and concentrate in the bends of the creeks with crank baits and Texas or Carolina rigged soft plastics. Later in the month as the water continues warming and the lake is usually falling, the main lake points, river channel ledges, ridges and humps will become more productive. If you can find the structure and cover holding bait -fish you will usually find the bass. Schooling activity will start increasing as the water continues warming so keep a shallow diving crank bait, lipless crank bait and top water plug handy for schooling bass.


Maybe that information can help you land the big one, then again, the old adage ‘I’d rather be lucky than good’ also has had a big place in past Big Bass Splash events.

A reminder that local registration for the tournament will take place this Wednesday, May 9th from 6pm-7pm at the Academy Sports location on Highway 59 South in Lufkin.



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