New Orleans, Superdome land 1999 BASS Masters Classic Southwest delta area of Mississippi will be fished

November 01, 1998|By Peter Baker | Peter Baker,SUN STAFF

The BASS Masters Classic, one of the richest and toughest bass fishing tournaments in the country, is going to the Big Easy.

The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society announced last week it has selected New Orleans and the Louisiana Superdome as the site of the 1999 BASS Masters Classic. The dates for the competition, which draws an international audience for the tournament and an outdoors show, are July 29-31.

The waters for the tournament will be the southwest delta area of the Mississippi River. Weigh-ins will be held in the Superdome, and the Classic Outdoors Show will be held at the city's convention center.

"This will be one of the most exciting Classics in the 29-year history of the event," said B.A.S.S. tournament director Dewey Kendrick. "These waters offer world-class fishing within sight of a world-class city. During our recent tournament here, the world's top pros had nothing but praise for the fishery. The fans will get to see some hefty catches, and the pros will teach us a lot about fishing these unique waters."

In mid-October, Oklahoma pro Kenyon Hill won the Kmart-Bassmaster tournament on the delta with more than 61 pounds of bass.

Freshwater updates

Fisheries Service surveys of the Monacacy River, Antietam Creek and Jennings Randolph Lake determined the following:

A seine survey of the Monocacy for young-of-the-year smallmouth bass produced an overall index of 1.7 bass per 100 feet, which is considered fair.

The survey consisted of 33 total hauls of the net at 11 locations and found the river above Frederick (2.4) just below the good range, and the lower river at 1.2.

However, the index for the lower river was elevated by an unusually large collection at one site. If that site is eliminated, the index in the lower river is .4.

Fingerling smallmouth will be stocked in the lower river to offset poor reproduction.

An electrofishing survey of Antietam Creek determined that in two years a put-and-grow trout stocking program has built the basis for a quality trout area. Both rainbow and brown trout, from fingerling stockings, were recovered largely in excellent condition. A 350-yard stretch of stream in the Devil's Backbone Park area, which is heavily fished, produced 94 trout with a mean length of 11.4 inches.

Maryland and West Virginia fisheries service personnel surveyed Jennings Randolph Lake and found excellent reproduction of smallmouth bass and poor reproduction of largemouth bass. The survey also collected unspecified numbers of walleye, yellow perch, bluegill, rock bass and channel catfish.

Youth deer hunt

Maryland's Youth Deer Hunt Day will be Nov. 14, when properly licensed hunters younger than 16 may hunt deer throughout the state. Youth hunters must be accompanied by a person at least 21 years of age who possesses a valid Maryland hunting license or is exempt from state requirements.

Adults accompanying youth hunters cannot carry a firearm, bow or any other hunting device while in the field.

Pub Date: 11/01/98

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