AC Tournament Trail


Wappapello - Chaonia Landing - 6:00-3:00
Final Results

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 Lake Level 360.9
Water temp 85
Sunny and hot overnight low 65 Daytime high 95
NNE Winds 5-10
Reported by Ron Niswonger

The June installment of the Anglers’ Choice, Wappapello Division Tournament took off from host marina Chaonia Landing on Sat. Thirty-five teams participated. The unstable water levels this spring at Southeast Missouri’s Lake Wappapello has played havoc with the bass spawn this year. Heavy rains caused the lake level to fluctuate from summer pool to six or eight feet above summer pool every few weeks. Some of the local anglers believe that the fish up-river managed to spawn during the unstable levels, while down the lake most fish either lost their young due to falling lake levels or just didn’t get to spawn at all. The seasonal patterns at the lake have been affected. Wappapello anglers always seem to adjust and make the best of any situation however, and this tournament was no different.

Shawn Harty and partner Jerry Powell figured the bite out and brought an impressive 23.03-pound limit of bass to the scales. Their winning sack was anchored by the Big Bass of the event. It weighed 7.09 pounds and was fooled by a crankbait. “We ran up-river, and we stayed upriver all day,” said Powell. “We fished at the edge of the river channel all day. There was somebody already sitting on our starting spot, so we ran to our next spot, and somebody was on it too. We ended up just running up the river and found a spot that was open. We sat there and got our limit of fish with one good one and the rest of the day we just moved around and fished what we could get on.” The first-place team took home $2210.00 plus trophies for their winning sack of fish. They also took home $350.00 and trophies for the Big Bass. They took home a total of $2560.00 plus trophies.

Second place went to the father and son team of Paul and Kason Henderson. Their limit of fish weighed 18.63 pounds and was worth $1100.00 plus trophies. “We ran upriver this morning and stayed upriver all day. We found them in about eight to ten feet of water, and we were fishing slow,” said Kason Henderson. “We caught several keepers today and caught them all day,” he added.

Jamie Toon and Jeff Jewell took third place honors by virtue of their 16.65-pound limit of bass. “We stayed upriver all day and fished channel ledges,” said Jewell. “We caught our fish with both fast and slow lures,” he said. They took home $765.00 plus trophies for their efforts.

Clay Henson and Wayne Lee took fourth place with a 16.30-pound limit of bass, earning them $465.00.

Gale Breckenridge and Waco Johnson weighed in a 15.34-pound limit of bass worth $290.00 and fifth place honors.

The big bass of the event was caught by Shawn Harty and Jerry Powell. It weighed 7.09 pounds and earned them $350.00 plus trophies.