Brookeville started off on the wet side and dried up for most of the day. Giving some comfortable fishing conditions for the club. Despite good fishing conditions, finding those 15 inch Indiana keepers made it a tough day to get on the board for a lot of the club anglers. Many reported having an Ohio limit 2 times over, but this is Indiana and Ernie Shuler would prove yet again that he is the one to beat this year. Bringing 3 fish to the scales totaling 6.11 lbs including another Big Bass win with his 3.62 lbs bass.
Ernie Shuler is certainly the man to beat this year increasing his lead to 18.33 lbs for the season thus far. Danny Schmitz holds down second with 8.54 lbs, Dylan House with 7.67 lbs holds onto 3rd, Scott Wilmoth climbs to 4th with 4.70 lbs, and Bobby Farmer rounds out the top 5 with 4.48 lbs and bumps Toney Barker with 3.24 lbs to 6th. Tony Vieson gets of the board for the first time this season with 1.48 lbs, and Tyler Spurlock drops to 8th with 0.97 lbs.
From here the club heads to the Ohio River at Eagle Creek. Last years trip offered up very few fish. This seasons weather has played havoc with the river. Causing consistent rises and falls of the river. Will the river settle by the time the club gets to Eagle Creek, or will mother nature continue to dump more rain on the region. Only time will tell.
As to be expected, East Fork wasn’t playing nice with the Butler County Bassmasters. Though water temperatures were decent, the wind was not and tough bite, made for a long grueling day. The lake was littered with dead shad, no doubt a sign of the fish not reacting well the extreme changes in weather and the rising and falling of the lake. Though all was not lost. Even though fishing was tough, 4 anglers were able to capture the elusive bass, and club rookie Dylan House would capture both the big bass and win for the East Fork tournament with his 2.70 lbs bass. Scott Wilmoth would take second, and Danny Schmitz would round out the top 3.
Aprils is shaping up to be a busy month for the club. First we want to welcome 4 new members to the club.
Dylan House, Justin Hienbokel, Rich Hensler, and Scott Wilmoth. We just want to say were are glad to have you here and wish you the best of luck for the 2017 fishing season.
Chances are our new members and club veterans are going to need all the luck they can get as we head to East Fork Lake this Sunday. Heavy rains have turned the lake into chocolate milk. The lake has been pulled heavily over the last few weeks to get the lake down to summer pool pulling lose timber into the open waters, and of course mother nature has also blessed us with a cold front just before this weekends tournament. Though fishing condition look to be tough for this Sunday’s tournament, this club is ready to fish and will take no prisoners.
With Easter falling after the tournament, the club will have a chance to find some religious guidance as 6 of our members prepare for the Ohio Bass Federation’s Region 5 2 day tournament on April 29th and 30th at Grand Lake Saint Mary’s. Best of luck and tight lines to our club anglers.
The first tournament is officially in the books and Guist Creek certainly wasn’t making it easy on the club this year. With a consistent rain for most of the day, fishing was long and unseasonably tough despite the warm weather and water. Water temperatures in the high 50’s and low 60s in some areas. Many described the bite as being weird. Often feeling like you were hung up versus hooking a fish, but despite rough fishing, the club still managed to capture 14 fish totaling 25.5 lbs. In the early weigh in, it looked like 2 lbs was going to be the size to beat until Toney Barker came to the scales with a 3.24 lb bass. Unfortunately, it was not to be as Ernie Shuler brought in a nice 4.94 lb bass to take big bass and the win the tournament with 5 fish totaling 12.22 lbs giving Ernie Schuler a very comfortable lead to start the season. Danny Schmitz finished second with his 5 fishing weighing in at 5.98, Toney Barker would close our the top 3 with his 3.24 lb bass.
The weather is certainly going to present some unique challenges this year. East Fork is the next lake on the schedule, but with heavy rains and flooding, it possible the club could be forced to a backup lake. Only time will tell.
And so it begins, the 2017 fishing season is officially under way. During last nights meeting we set the field for the first club tournament of the season. We have several new candidates looking to join the Butler County Bassmasters, and Bobby Farmer served up some fantastically fun fish stories from his family and youth. Last but certainly not least, we were even greeted by our friends at the Hamilton Optimist Youth Ranch. This year looks to be filled with great fun and competition.
Guist Creek pairings are as follows
Rick H (Guest Boater) – Danny Schmitz
Tony Vieson (Boater) – Dylan (Guest)
Andy Tobey (Boater) – Scott (Guest)
Tyler Spurlock (Boater) – Justin (Guest)
Bob Farmer (Boater) – Ryan Murphy
Ernie Shuler (Boater)
Tony Barker (Boater)
The complete 2017 schedule for the Butler County Bassmasters season is up and ready. As a new feature on the website this year. We have added a direct link to each lake in our schedule to the Navionics Webapp. Allowing all members and even site visitors a quick link to looking up information on any of our upcoming lakes or rivers we will be fishing later this year.
Our next meeting will be March 7th at 7PM were we will be making our first official pairings of the season. With the unseasonably warm weather. I image were not the only ones feeling the call to break out the boats and start fishing.
If you have been checking us out and have been interested in joining our club. Drop us a line and receive and invite to our next meeting on March 7th. Anybody age 16 and up will be reviewed for consideration to join the club and with the season just getting started. There is no better time to be considered.
The Butler County Bassmasters isn’t just about fishing. We are also about youth and community, and it seems the Ohio Bass Federation would agree. As the club took home first place for Youth and Public relations for our work with the Hamilton Optimist Youth Ranch MRDD and Youth Fishing Derbies. Last year was our clubs 25th Anniversary and we can’t express enough the joy we get from helping the MRDD and Youth of Hamilton Optimist Youth Ranch. We are truly glad to be a part of both the Hamilton Optimist Youth Ranch and the Ohio Bass Federation.
We may have fishing on the brain, but we are kids are heart and enjoy showing and helping the youth of today become the fisher men and women of tomorrow. Thank for the recognition Hamiton Optiimist Youth Ranch. The honor is truly ours.
Mother nature just wasn’t playing nice with the Butler County Bassmasters on Saturday. With a cold front settled in, a starting temperature of just 34 degrees, and a heavy fog making lake navigation difficult in the early morning hours. Catching fish was all but a dismal dream. As only 2 anglers found fish on Saturday. Tyler Spurlock and Bobby Farmer managed to outwit mother nature capturing the only 2 fish of the tournament. With Tyler Spurlock landing the larger of the 2 fish at 2.59 lbs, Tyler finishes the season as he began the season with the tournament and big bass win.