Lake of the Ozarks March 26, 2001

The Leavenworth Bass Club opened its 2011 season on Lake of the Ozarks on 26 March 2011. The club was extremely excited to get on the water after a long winter break.  Cabin fever was at a feverous pitch since the prior weekend’s 70 degree temps. Mild weather on Thursday and Friday had the big girls moving shallow and feeding heavily. Several members reported 15+lb bags in practice with lots of 4lbers and several 5-7lbers showing themselves. Jerbaits, jigs, and warts LOZ early spring staples were all producing. After witnessing a 15lb bag and a 22+lb bag coming out of one boat on Friday during practice, I was convinced it would take 20lbs to win.  But old Mother Nature tossed the 10 boats and 18 club members who made the trip to LOZ a hard down and in slider that played havoc on their fish catching plans. On Saturday we had rain, sleet, hail, snow, and strong NE winds gusting to 20+ mph with air temps in the mid 30s. Water temps ranged from 46 to 49 degrees. The tournament launched at 6:40 A.M. and weighed in at 3:00 P.M. at the Shawnee Bend ramp.

Taking 1st place was Mark Justice from St Joseph, Mo with four fish weighing 14lbs. Mark’s bag was anchored by the non-boater big bass of the day a 5.38 lb beauty. Mark fished from the backseat of Rodney Bledsoe’s boat and reported catching his fish in the Shawnee Bend area flipping jigs to docks.

Taking 2nd place was Larry Stoafer from Leavenworth, Ks with four fish that weighed 10.67 lbs. Larry reported having a disappointing first three hours of the tournament when the jerkbait bite he was on during practice never materialized. However, an adjustment to a 5/16 oz finesse jig put his 1st keeper in the boat about 10 am. Larry’s pattern focused on step banks with large scattered chunk rock in the 10-15ft range in the front 1/3 of major creeks in the Shawnee Bend and Gravois areas. Larry reported the bites were extremely subtle and the real key to catching the fish that bit was having the finesse jig rigged on a 7ft Medium Heavy spinning rod with Toray 20lb braid and a 10lb Toray fluorocarbon leader. You can follow Larry’s fishing adventures at Larry would like to thank his sponsors for allowing him to pursue his passion of competitive bass fishing: Smithville Marine, Bass Pro Sites, Secret Weapon Lures, 7-24 Outdoors, Blackwater International Inc., Crooked Creek Tackle, Fish Hardier Companies, Tru Tungsten, Picasso, and Youvella USA.

Taking 3rd place was one of the LBC perennial AOY contenders Dennis Edwards from Leavenworth, Ks with four fish that weighed in at 8.48 lbs.

Taking 4th place and the boater big bass honors was Mike Rasco with two fish that weighed 8.05 lbs. Mike’s boater big bass on the day weighed in at 4.22 lbs.

Taking 5th place was Mike Brooks with two fish that weighed 5.71 lbs. Mike caught his fish from the back seat of Bill Gevedon’s boat.

The remaining field results: 

PLACE ANGLER No. of Fish Caught No. of Live Fish Big Bass Total Weight Points
6 Randy Kenton 3 3   5.54 45
7 Ray Cates 2 2   4.23 44
8 Bob Jorgensen 2 2   4.17 43
9 Dan Senterfitt 1 1 2nd Non Boater BB 3.86 3.86 42
10 Bob Greene 1 1 2.63 2.63 41
11 Rodney Bledsoe ® 1 1 1.89 1.89 40
12 Bill Gevedon 1 1 1.26 1.26 39
13 Garrett Cates 0 0   0 38
14 Denny Bowers 0 0   0 10
15 John Carrol 0 0   0 10
16 Ken Hackworth 0 0   0 10
17 Mark Luna 0 0   0 10
18 Steve Read ® 0 0   0 10


The Leavenworth Bass Club’s 2011 season is off to a solid start. The club’s next tournaments are on Table Rock Lake 9 & 10 April. As you can see, there are a lot of opportunities with The Leavenworth Bass Club.  The LBC welcomes all skill levels from those who are ready to challenge their bass catching skills against some of the best local anglers in the area or those who are just looking to improve their success rates and angling skills and want to learn from a bunch of folks who truly love the sport. If you are looking for a great local bass club and are ready to meet a great group of guys and gals who love to fish check out the Leavenworth Bass Club’s website at

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