Big Bass Bash looking to get bigger
By Dale Bowman Post-Tribune correspondent May 23, 2013 11:04PM
Updated: June 25, 2013 6:35AM
There’s a four-state big in the Big Bass Bash.
So far, approval is in place to fish Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin waters for the two-angler team bass tournament on June 29 on southern Lake Michigan. Shawn Myers, a manager of the Portage Bass Pro, said approval from Illinois should be finalized shortly.
Proceeds from the $300 entry will be used as a fundraiser for Warriors First Foundation and Wounded Warrior Project. Launch will be out of Portage Marina with the weigh-in at the Portage Bass Pro Shop.
Top prize would be $10,000, if there’s a full field of 150 boats. If they get the full field, I believe it would be the largest bass tournament on southern Lake Michigan.
Myers said more sponsors are coming in. The Post-Tribune is a lead sponsor.
And some big names are already signed up to fish.
Take Myers, as in Shawn or Mike.
On May 4, Mike Myers and David Adams weighed the heaviest five-bass bag in tournament history on southern Lake Michigan. They weighed 25.72 pounds in an Anglers Dream tournament out of East Chicago Marina.
They are already signed up.
Mike is Shawn’s cousin.
“I used to pull his boat,’’ Shawn said. “When he first got his boat, he didn’t have a truck to pull it.’’
Their dads will also be fishing the tournament.
Shawn will not be.
“I would love to fish it,’’ he said. “I put my request in and my boss just laughed at me. I will be at the launch and the weigh-in.’’
Registration and information on the Big Bass Bash are at lakemichiganbigbassbash.com.
3D archery shoot: The Izaak Walton League in Michigan City is holding a 3D archery shoot from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. All proceeds go to charity. Call Jason at 877-5800 or Pat at 877-4148.
Inland fishing: For the holiday weekend, panfish and largemouth should be going on all area ponds and lakes.
“People are out and about,’’ said Capt. Rich Sleziak at Slez’s Bait in Lake Station. “There are some quality fishing.’’
The most talk is about bluegill and redear at Willow Slough Fish and Wildlife Area, where those doing best are working in the lily pads, often with long cane poles. Staff at Mik-Lurch Fishing Tackle Outlet reported good bluegill at Pine and Stone, too.
Sleziak said some unbelievable redear are coming from Hudson Lake. He had one customer bring in a 13-incher.
He said dogfish (bowfin) are spawning in Deep River. “I had people ask me if they are snakeheads,’’ he said. Catfish are packed below the dam, feasting on a push of alewives.
The Riverwalk at Portage has good catfish action on Sonny’s dipbait.
Lake Michigan: “Coho and steelhead are still the hot ticket,’’ Lake Michigan fisheries biologist Brian Breidert said. The key is there is plenty of bait around.
Sleziak said he did really well for coho and kings last weekend from the Donut to Mount Baldy in 45-50 feet. “It was fabulous,’’ he said. It is the usual spring Dodgers and flies. With the blow on Thursday, Sleziak said he plans to head farther off shore this weekend.
Lakers are good at the Gong and a few browns are around. On Wednesday, Breidert said they netted a 20-pound laker with 17 preyfish in its stomach.
Some perch, which are still spawning, are in 60 feet out of Michigan City.
Wild things: Morels appeared to peak last weekend. But never fear, wild asparagus is going. I even found a stalk completely grown last weekend.