Lewis Smith Lake
Smith Lake Dam
16 April 2022
Stop No. 3 on Golden Rod Bassmaster's Elite Trail
was Lewis Smith Lake.
Weather didn't put a damper on the field despite heavy down pours during the early morning hours leading up to launch time. The energy level from most guys was pretty high in anticipation of a good tourney. The weather is known to be a bit of an urban legend among the guys. The saying goes" If you want to know what the weather is like just fish a Golden Rod Tourney" or something to that affect.
Smith Lake, a sprawling 21,000 acre highland reservoir was in all phases of spawn mode-(pre to post).
Traditionally on Smith, spotted bass dominate most winning sacks throughout the year. Smith Lake and Alabama Bass Trail Champ Matt Hurst said it would come down to technique or method of fishing that will determine who will win this derby. "I think Johnson, Hill , Douglas, and myself based on style of fishing have the best chance at winning" Hurst said.
Cloudy skies and light breezes set the scene as anglers blasted off to destinations. Water temps had reached into the mid 60's--another great sign.
Bites early were slow according to bass tracker info updates. Quality bites began showing up an hour or so into the morning. Westerly breezes certainly help the bite heading into mid afternoon where most anglers had settled in.
As the day closed the scales would reveal a much closer derby as predicted by Hurst. First on the hot-seat was Birmingham pro Roy Hurst with 5 bass weighing 11.00 lbs. Next up was Richard Johnson. The Birmingham
pro's 5 bass limit weighing 11.13 lbs. put him solely in first place and on the hot seat with one angler remaining.
Trussville pro Eddie Hill needed 11.14lb for the win. Hill stepped to the scales with a 5 fish limit weighing 13.06 lbs. and a kicker 4.01 donkey mule big fish for the win.