Chaonia Landing-6:30 to 3:00
Final Results

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1st Place Owens and Buchanan

2nd Place Livingston and Livingston


 Sunday, April 14, 2019

Reported by Ron Niswonger

Air Temp high 48 rain
Winds NW 10-25mph
Lake 360.5 slow rise
Water dirty
30 boats

The second event of the Anglers’ Choice Wappapello Division was held Sunday the 14th out of host marina Chaonia Landing on Southeast Missouri’s Lake Wappapello. The day started with brisk air temps in the 40s with light rain and a hefty NW wind of 15-20 mph. The rain would continue on and off for most of the day and the air temp only managed to climb into the upper 40s by the end of the day.

The eight thousand acre reservoir is a local favorite with a reputation of producing better than average size largemouth bass. Wappapello has been uncharacteristically stingy so far this spring and that trend only continued for this event. The lake level was just above summer pool and rising due to heavy rains the days prior to the event. Most of the lake was at least stained and the creeks were muddy with quite a bit of current.

Everyone that was interviewed said that they had to cover a lot of water to amass the fish they had at the end of the day. Tournament Director Ken Owens and his partner Justun Buchanan,
also reported fishing several spots during the day to bag their winning sack of fish.

“We fished pockets in the mid-lake area and hit several of them during the day,” said Owens. “We stayed pretty shallow and fished fairly fast with crankbaits and spinnerbaits,” He added. Their five fish limit weighed 14.14 pounds and earned them $1910.00 plus trophies. They also took the big bass honors for the day with a beautiful 6.27 pounder that earned them an additional $300 plus trophies.

Father and son, Danny and Dirk Livingston took second place by virtue of their 13.64 pound limit of bass that was worth $995.00 plus trophies.
“We fished up river from Chaonia and stayed in fairly shallow water off the main channel,” said Dirk Livingston. “We caught them on crankbaits and mostly early in the day.”

Scott Fischer and partner James Goodpasture again earned a check in consecutive events (winning the tournament the previous month.) “I think I ran almost a tank of gas out today,” said Fischer. “We really had to cover some water to do any good.” The third place team reported catching their fish on medium running crankbaits in depths around 8 to 10 feet. Their limit weighed 12.66 pounds and was good for $560 plus trophies.

Bruce and Adam Hutson took fourth place with a 12.28 pound limit that earned them $340.

The last paying spot was claimed by Randy Pierce and Keith Carroll with a limit weighing 11.86 pounds that awarded them $180.

Big Bass of the event went to Ken Owens and Justun Buchanan. It weighed 6.27 pounds and was fooled by a spinnerbait. It earned the winning team $300 plus trophies.