May 22, 2011

Kentucky Dam Village Marina
Gateway Bass ‘n Gals
St. Louis Area Club for Lady Anglers

Lake Level – 360.2 and falling slowly (Summer Pool 359)
Water Temp – 63 to 68 degrees
Clarity – Stained main lake to dingy in the creeks, visibility 1-2 feet
Weather: Low 66, high 82, scattered storms, partly cloudy
Wind: 2 to 20 mph out of the south, gusts to 40 mph in the afternoon
Take off was at 5:30am. Weigh-In was at 2:30pm.

Reported by Robbie Hartline, – Gateway Bass’N Gals. Contact Robbie at or Mary Lipka, President, at for more information on the Gateway Bass ‘n Gals.

The Gateway Bass’n Gals fished their 2nd 2011 event out of Kentucky Dam Village Marina. There were 4 boats with 8 participants that fished this tournament. Fishing was excellent on this trip. Everyone was able to boat good numbers of fish. The weather presented some challenges in the afternoon with dangerous south winds kicking up. We all finished the day inside the marina area. All considered it was a very nice weekend on the lake.

Robbie Hartline took first place with a five fish limit that weighed 16.06 lbs. Robbie also took big bass with a hefty 5.14 lb largemouth. Robbie caught these bass on a ¾ oz Omega PBJ football head Jig with a Zoom green pumpkin purple super hog trailer and rattles on a heavy action 7 ft B&R Outlaw rod with a Quantum PT Energy reel rigged with 20 lb Seaguar InvizX fluorocarbon line. Robbie and her co-angler, Bonnie Betts, caught their bass on rocky main lake and secondary points in and near Little Bear Creek. Robbie won $120 for 1 st Place and Big Bass .

Bonnie Katke took second place with four bass that weighed 9.66 lbs. Bonnie caught her bass on Texas rigged 7” purple Berkley power worms. Stephanie Mesplay fished with Bonnie and finished seventh with a bass that weighed 1.63 lbs. Stephanie caught her bass on a Texas rigged cotton candy finesse worm. Bonnie and Stephanie were targeting post spawn fish on the north end of the lake. They spent part of the day on main lake on the LBL side and finished in the marina area.

Lynda Gessner took third place with four bass that weighed 8.22 lbs. Lynda caught her bass shallow with several tactics including crankbaits, shakey heads, and Texas rigged plastics. Two keepers came on Texas rigged Netbait B Bugs in summer craw. One came on a watermelon-chartreuse GrandeBass baby rattlesnakes on 1/8 oz shakey head. The fourth fish came on a Strike King shallow runner in chartreuse shad crankbait.Leslie Anderson fished with Lynda and finished fifth with a bass that weighed 2.06 lbs. Leslie caught her bass on a Carolina rigged green pumpkin Zoom Big Dead Ringer tipped with chartreuse die. Lynda and Leslie were targeting post spawn fish on the north end of the lake. They spent the early part of the day in shallow grass. They moved to main lake points and ledges and finished in the marina area.

Pam Dugan took fourth place with three bass that weighed 6.61 lbs. Pam caught her bass on green pumpkin 4” Grande Bass Rattesnakes fished both Texas and Carolina rigged. Pam fished as a non-boater with Pam Leeper. Pam Leeper finished sixth with a bass that weighed 1.85 lbs. Pam caught her fish on a Carolina Rig with a red shad Zoom Big Dead Ringer. They spent most of the day fishing the lower end of Lake Barkley and finished the day in the marina.

Great trip and congratulations to all!! The next tournament will be held out of the Moors Resort on Kentucky Lake on June 4-5th.