Women's Bassmaster Tour Pros Tackle Lake Dardanelle


What's at stake: $88,940 in cash and merchandise to the top 25 pros and valuable points towards qualifying for the Mercury Marine Women's Bassmaster Tour presented by Toyota championship and winning the Toyota Women's Bassmaster Tour Angler of the Year title. The top 25 co-anglers compete for $47,040 in cash and merchandise.

The Pros Said It

"We're supposed to have some rain come in and it might muddy up some of the backwaters where some of the bed fish are but that won't matter to me. I'm not relying on the bed fish at all. They're not really locked on. There's been a lot of pressure on them. The only way you can catch them is know where they are and back way off them and throw at them." Juanita Robinson, Highlands, Texas, winner of the season-opening WBT event at Lake Amistad and leader of the Toyota Women's Bassmaster Tour Angler of the Year standings.

"I think there's a lot of fish being caught. It's really good here at Dardanelle right now. It's rained all day today, and it hasn't rained in quite awhile. I'm not sure how it's going to affect the fishing. I wish it had just stayed the way it was because everything's been pretty good. It seems that at Dardanelle every year practice goes very well and then the weather typically doesn't cooperate with me on this river. Maybe this time of year it won't affect me that much." Tammy Richardson, Amity, Ark., 17th in Toyota Women's Bassmaster Tour Angler of the Year standings and winner of two WBT events in 2006.

"I found a lot of fish, but I think everybody else found the same fish. They've been biting really good the past few days. It's one of those things that you don't know where to start because they're biting everywhere. Whether that holds up for the tournament is another thing." Betty Stahl, Guntersville, Ala., seventh in Toyota Women's Bassmaster Tour Angler of the Year standings.

"The first day was awesome and I couldn't ask for a better day. The second day was a little bit different pattern than what I used on the first day and then I went back to what I was doing the first day and I caught more. Today it was a little slower and I had to start hunting and prowling. I'm not sure if the storm has pushed them out or what. I had to go out deeper than what I had been and finally found them." Robinette Fox, Hot Springs, Ark., eighth in Toyota Women's Bassmaster Tour Angler of the Year standings.

The Strategy
Robinson: Robinson expects a good tournament and that it will take about 50 pounds or more to win. She is fishing grass beds in shallow water and stumps and wood along the grass bed. She is using crankbaits, lizards and Carolina rigs.

Richardson: Richardson said she has some bedding fish located if she needs them, but is going to avoid targeting them. "They're everywhere and you don't have to look hard to find them," she said. She has a couple of other patterns she is using but did not want to discuss specifics. "I think there are several things working and you'll see some good fish brought in."

Stahl: The Alabama pro predicted 48 pounds to win the tournament. "I've heard that they're on beds, but the ones I've caught look like post-spawn. I've seen a few beds but haven't seen any active fish on them." She has been catching bass on plastics and Rat-L Traps. "I think everybody's pretty much doing the same thing," she said.

Fox: Fox said her main lure right now is a plastic which she thinks a lot of people are throwing. Her biggest bites have come on a crankbait but she also caught some on a jig. "I'm going to have to do some thinking about what I want to tie on. The crankbait and soft plastic are my confident baits right now," she said. Fox is shooting for 15 to 20 pounds per day said she thinks that's what it's going to take to win.

Mercury Marine Women's Bassmaster Tour Presented by Triton Boats
Lake Dardanelle
Russellville, Ark.
Mar. 29-31

Cut to top 25 after Day 2

Launch and Weigh-in
7 a.m./3 p.m. CT
Lake Dardanelle State Park

Previous BASS events
2006, Mercury Marine Women's Bassmaster Tour presented by Triton Boats
2006, ESPN Outdoors Bassmaster Weekend Series licensed by American Bass Anglers
2005, Bassmaster Elite 50
2005, ESPN Outdoors Weekend Series
2004, Bassmaster Elite 50

Previous winners on lake
29-9, Dianna Clark, 2006
20-8, Greg Carpenter
58-9, Davy Hite
19-5, Kevin Short
56-13, Randy Howell

65 degrees, rain

Lake level
337.97 above mean sea level

2007 Mercury Marine Women's Bassmaster Tour presented by Triton Boats

Feb. 8-10 Lake Amistad Del Rio, Texas
Juanita Robertson-Winner

March 29-31 Lake Dardanelle Russellville, Ark.

May 3-5 Lake Guntersville Guntersville, Ala.

June 14-16 Kentucky Lake Gilbertsville, Ky.

Sept. 20-22 Red River Shreveport-Bossier City, La.

Local sponsors: State of Arkansas and Russellville A&P Commission

Women's Bassmaster Tour sponsors: Include Mercury Marine, Triton Boats, Lowrance Electronics, MotorGuide, Advance Auto Parts and Plano.