Cottage Grove Grind

The OBT held its fourth annual late winter/early spring tournament on Cottage Grove Lake (20 minutes south of Eugene) this past weekend. With the cold weather refusing to give way to spring sun, the fish are a little behind with water temperatures just barely reaching the low 50′s. Ten members of the OBT headed out for a 7:30 launch, with members of the Emerald Bass Club volunteering their boats and time to help take out a new wave of OBT members. Fishing was tough for just about everyone not named Chris “The Entitled One” Parks, and Freshman FLW Qualifier Kyle Schneider. The two racked up five fish for just over 16 pounds, with four of their fish coming right off the bat, using crankbaits and drop shots. After the first two hours, as per usual at Cottage Grove, the bite shut off and the mental grind tested the patience of everyone out on the water leading into the 3pm weigh in.

Anglers reported catching fish on the flats, breaks in depth and deeper water up to 25-30 feet. All of the fish caught were of good size, averaging almost three and a half pounds. The top boater and student were awarded with their choice of a rod from IROD, paid for by the OBT. Third place received a package of plastics from WAVE fishing.

The Results (for those who weighed in a fish):

1. Schneider 9.12 (3 fish)

2. Parks 6.14 (2)

3. Johnson 4.08 (1)

Crowl 4.05 (1)

Myers 4.03 (1)

Rocky 4.01 (1)

Parks Sr. 3.15 (1)

Frazier 3.13 (1)

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