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October 6th Main Lake Water Temp. 70 Degrees

The Lake elevation is 3783.79 and the storage is 182,000 acre feet. The Main Lake is stained.

White Bass are still going pretty strong. They are starting to move up a little, depending on the day. Verticle jigging is still the best bet. You may still find them over water as deep as 50 feet, but they are ranging into 25 to 35 feet of water as well. It looks like the Shad are starting to reposition.

Walleye improved a little this week. A jig and minnow combination is a good choice. They are scattered and from the reports that I had the depth can vary from 17 to 30 feet.

Catfish have slowed down some. Punch bait, Nightcrawlers, and Chicken Liver have been producing.

Bass are still on a fair topwater bite. Various soft plastics were also turning up some good numbers of mainly smaller Smallmouth this weekend. The Ute Open had 37 teams entry and 33 of those brought fish to the scales. The weather conditions were far from ideal Saturday morning, so I think everyone did a pretty good job. I would like to thank Calvin, J.B., and Pete for putting on another great Ute Open and we all look forward to number 25!

1st Place-Smith/Smith Boys-19.12 lbs.

2nd Place-Phillips/Cubbage-18.89 lbs.

3rd Place-Chatwell/Chatwell-18.64 lbs.

Big Bass-Pierce/Decker-4.62 lbs.


The Hereford Bass Club will be holding a Team Open October 11th. Entry fee is $50.00 per team. There has been $150.00 added on the Big Bass Pot by Kenny Smith and Ruf-Nec Tackle. Fishing hours are 6:30 AM-2:30 PM and you can enter at the Marina parking lot Sunday Morning.

As we near the end of another Bass Tournament season Kathy and I would like to thank everyone that has supported us this year. We have had the good fortune to have been associated with the tournaments for the last 15 years and have met so many of you in the process. In fact, we don't consider you customers, you are our friends! On this note, I added a picture of the fourth place team from this year's Ute Open. Ed Campbell and Tom Lever are an example of some of the great tournament fisherman we have come to know. It is difficult to get around to everyone during the activities of a tournament to shake their hand and tell them thank you. So, I want to say "Here's my hand and we really appreciate each and evey one you!" We look forward to seeing you next Spring!


Until next week,


Ben and Kathy




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