David Brown and Claude Echols won the latest event on the Landers/Ram Bayou Outdoor Supercenter bass tournament trail April 5 on the Red River.
Brown and Echols caught a five-fish limit weighing 21.57 pounds. They edged the team of Jeremi Farrar and Randy Farrar, who brought in five fish weighing 20.85 pounds.
Mike Cork and Brian Hester finished third with 18.05 pounds.
Brown and Echols also had the big bass of 8.71 pounds worth $500. The duo split $4,000 for winning the tournament.
With three events in the books, Mike Leppert and Todd Fisher lead the overall points standings with 575. The team of Earl Glass and Mark Hay is second with 571 followed by Clayton Frye and Ray White with 567.
The next B.O.S.S. event is May 3 on Cross Lake. The season-ending championship tournament is June 7 and 8.
The next event on the H&W Marine Team Trail is April 26 with the season-ending championship slated for May 17-18.
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An American Bass Anglers Fishing Tour event is scheduled for Saturday on the Red River out of Red River South Marina.
The tour bills itself as “the largest tournament trail for the weekend angler.”
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According to a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries release, regulations for black bass on several waterbodies, including two local ones, will change on Sunday, April 20.
Slot limits will be rescinded for Black Bayou Lake in Bossier Parish and Cross Lake in Caddo Parish.
Other lakes affected are Chicot Lake in Evangeline Parish Lake Rodemacher in Rapides Parish, Vernon Lake in Vernon Parish and Spanish Lake in New Iberia and St. Martin parishes.
Statewide regulations, 10 fish daily creel and no length restrictions will apply for black bass on these lakes.
According to the LDWF release, a recently completed biological evaluation determined the length regulations have not been effective on the selected water bodies.
Insufficient harvest of small bass was cited for Black Bayou Lake, Chicot Lake, Cross Lake and Vernon Lake. Habitat impairments are the issue for Spanish Lake and Lake Rodemacher.
The LDWF believes the removal of the slot limit on these water bodies will increase opportunities for angler harvest, but the potential for overharvest is expected to be very low. The release said LDWF biologists will continue to monitor fish population status with frequent sampling.
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Russell Hedges is the sports editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune. You can contact him by e-mail at rhedges@bossierpress. com