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    Walmart BFL Tournament Preview

    Kentucky and Barkley lakes will be the site of the July 26 LBL Division event. (Photo by Curtis Niedermier)
    Great Lakes and LBL division events set for July 26

    The 2014 Walmart BFL season continues with two tournaments on Saturday, July 26. The Great Lakes Division will fish on the Mississippi River and the LBL Division is slated to compete on Kentucky and Barkley lakes. 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, July 26

    Great Lakes Division

    Mississippi River

    W. Copeland and Clinton Ramp

    Clinton Street

    La Crosse, Wis.

    To sign up and fish this event, click here.

    Notes: The bass fishing on the Mississippi River is expected to be excellent. The water has been high due to recent rains, but it is likely to be near normal levels by competition time. Typical summertime patterns are expected to prevail and a lot of fish should be caught. Anglers will probably target the plentiful grass and main-river current breaks. Popular baits will include topwater frogs, jigs, spinnerbaits, a variety of soft plastics, swimjigs and crankbaits. The winner is expected to bring about 17 pounds to the scale.

    LBL Division

    Kentucky and Barkley lakes

    Kentucky Dam Marina

    446 Marina Drive

    Gilbertsville, Ky.

    To sign up and fish this event, click here.

    Notes: The bass fishing on Kentucky and Barkley should be very good. Bass will be in their summertime patterns and could be found at a variety of depths. The ledges that Kentucky Lake is famous for figure to play a starring role, but some anglers could find fish around shallow cover. Baits such as crankbaits, jigs, drop-shot rigs, swimbaits, topwater baits, spoons, umbrella rigs, and Carolina rigs are expected to be common choices. The winner of this event will likely need to bring a five-bass limit weighing around 22 pounds to the scale.

    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. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac FLW Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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