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    Walmart BFL tournament preview at a glance

    The Potomac River will be the site of the June 1 Northeast Division event. (Photo by Gary Mortenson)
    Buckeye, LBL, Michigan, Mountain and Northeast division events set for June 1

    The 2013 Walmart BFL season continues with five tournaments on Saturday, June 1. The Buckeye Division holds its second event of their season on Mosquito Lake, the LBL Division continues on Kentucky/Barkley lakes, the Michigan Division opens on Burt/Mullett lakes, the Mountain Division continues on the Barren River and the Northeast Division returns to the Potomac River. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing in each event for top awards up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively.

    When: Saturday, June 1, 2013

    Where: Buckeye Division

    Mosquito Lake

    Mosquito Lake State Park

    14369 State Route 305

    Cortland, Ohio

    To sign up and fish this event, click here.

    Notes: The bass-fishing bite is being reported as decent right now on Mosquito Lake. The bass are still in all three phases of the spawn, but anglers are reporting the bite being better shallow. Anglers in this event will be targeting the edges of shallow weed and grass lines. Popular baits thrown in this event will be spinnerbaits, topwater baits and soft plastics. The winning angler can expect to bring 10 to 12 pounds to the scales.

    Where: LBL Division

    Kentucky/Barkley lakes

    Kenlake Marina

    888 Kenlake Marina Lane

    Hardin, Ky.

    To sign up and fish this event, click here.

    Notes: All three phases of the bass spawn are in effect right now at Kentucky and Barkley lakes. The full moon a week prior to the event should create another strong push of bass moving to the beds. Water temperatures are reported as being around 70 degrees, with clarity as slightly stained. Anglers are reporting most of their success right now shallow, and are targeting the flats around the creeks in the back of bays. Crankbaits, swimbaits, spinnerbaits and shaky-head rigs will all produce for anglers in this event. The predicted winning weight for this event is right around 20 pounds.

    Where: Michigan Division

    Burt/Mullet lakes

    Aloha State Park

    4347 Third St.

    Cheboygan, Mich.

    To sign up and fish this event, click here.

    Notes: Burt and Mullett lakes are like most prime northern smallmouth bass fisheries – deep, clear and sparsely weeded. Bass will be in the pre-spawn to spawn phase. The lake changes from shallow to deep very quickly, and anglers will be targeting these transition areas. Spinnerbaits, medium-diving crankbaits and tubes and grubs are all expected to be popular baits thrown in this event. Twenty to 23 pounds is expected to be the winning weight in this tournament.

    Where: Mountain Division

    Barren River

    Port Oliver Recreation Area & Ramp

    4200 Barren River Dam Road

    Scottsville, Ky.

    To sign up and fish this event, click here.

    Notes: Fishing on the Barren River is being reported as good right now. Water temperatures are hovering around 60 degrees, and levels are up around 10 feet above normal summer pool. Good numbers of smallmouth are being reported fishing from the dam to Bowling Green. Anglers will be targeting the rocky banks and areas above and below the shoal areas. Jigs, crankbaits and spinnerbaits will be the main baits that will produce for anglers. The winning competitor can expect to bring a stringer of 18 to 20 pounds to the scales.

    Where: Northeast Division

    Potomac River

    Smallwood State Park

    2750 Sweden Point Road

    Marbury, Md.

    To sign up and fish this event, click here.

    Notes: The bite at the Potomac River is being reported as very good right now. Anglers are having no problems catching large numbers of bass, but finding the heavier weights will be a challenge to anglers in this event. The milfoil beds are slowly emerging on the main river below Mattawoman Creek and are holding a large population of largemouth bass. Anglers will be targeting the edges of vegetation and feeder creek mouths. Crankbaits, soft plastics, buzzbaits and topwater baits have all produced for tournament anglers over the past few weeks. The winning weight is expected to be right around 18 to 20 pounds.

    Walmart BFL overview

    The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. The 2013 BFL All-American is being held June 27-29 on Nickajack Lake in Chattanooga, Tenn. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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