Hartman Overcomes Hardship To Hold Lead In Bassmaster Elite At Lake Champlain
Despite a potentially disastrous impediment, Jamie Hartman of Russellville, Ark., held on to his lead at the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Champlain with a three-day total of 59 pounds, 12 ounces. After taking the Day 1 lead with 22-1 — the event’s heaviest bag — Hartman added 20-3 on Friday and followed with 17-8 Saturday.

Hartman Maintains Lead At Bassmaster Elite Series Event On Lake Champlain

Reversing his game plan, Day 1 leader Jamie Hartman of Russellville, Ark., added 20 pounds, 3 ounces to Thursday’s weight of 22-1 and retained the top spot in the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Champlain with a two-day total of 42-4.

Late-Day Bonus Helps Hartman Take Lead At Bassmaster Elite On Lake Champlain

An afternoon decision paid off big for Jamie Hartman of Russellville, Ark., who nabbed a day-ending bonus that helped him claim the Day 1 lead of the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Champlain with 22 pounds, 1 ounce.

Lake Champlain Will Offer Fantastic Diversity During Bassmaster Elite Event

When anglers launch from Plattsburgh City Marina for the Bassmaster Elite at Lake Champlain, they’ll find a lake with natural beauty matched only by its incredible diversity.

Johnston Battles Rough Water To Win Bassmaster Elite At St. Lawrence River

His home waters were off-limits this week, but that didn’t stop Canadian standout Chris Johnston from winning the SiteOne Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River with a whopping four-day total of 20 smallmouth bass that weighed 97 pounds, 8 ounces.

Paul Mueller Still Setting The Pace At Bassmaster Elite On St. Lawrence River

Paul Mueller continued his dominant performance Saturday with another big bag of smallmouth bass that weighed 24 pounds, 13 ounces.

Despite Slow Start, Mueller Maintains Lead At Bassmaster Elite On St. Lawrence River

After sacking up 27 pounds, 1 ounce during Thursday’s opening round, Connecticut pro Paul Mueller added 25-1 Friday and maintained the lead in the SiteOne Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River with a two-day total of 52-2.

Monster Smallmouth Vaults Paul Mueller Into Lead At Bassmaster St. Lawrence Elite

Tournament wisdom says you can’t win on Day 1, and you can’t win with a single bass.

Big Smallmouth Will Again Take Center Stage At Bassmaster Elite On St. Lawrence River

Despite a venue change that avails a completely different scenario, Canadian pro Chris Johnston, of Peterborough, Ontario, will be sticking with his original game plan during the SiteOne Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River Thursday through Sunday.


Amazon And Anglers Team Up For New Bassmaster YouTube Series

Fishing fans will delve into the daily adventures of professional anglers on the new series Zaldaingerous, presented by Amazon, premiering July 13 at 9:00 a.m. CST on the Bassmaster YouTube channel.

Each episode of Zaldaingerous lures fans into the exciting lives of Bassmaster Elite Series angler Chris Zaldain, and his wife, Trait, a pro on the Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens Series. Along with a transparent look into the Zaldain’s home life with their rescue dog, Nebo, hard-fought victories and heartbreaking defeats, the grind of the tournament season and exhilarating road trips, viewers will enjoy unprecedented insight into the outdoors, gear and fishing techniques.

“As a married couple fishing our own tournaments around the country, we have to split time following each other and focusing on our own events,” said Trait. “In our downtime, we find ourselves looking for new fishing experiences that don't have anything to do with competition, tournaments or bass!”

“We hope people walk away from the show smiling and ready to get outdoors,” Chris added. “The whole goal is to show how beautiful the outdoors is and that anyone can experience a beautiful sunrise or sunset no matter where they live.”

Running July 13 through Dec. 14, each of the 12 bi-weekly episodes will be accompanied by a live YouTube chat hosted by Chris and Trait. Additionally, episodes will be available to stream on Amazon Prime and view on Amazon’s various social media platforms as well as the Zaldaingerous YouTube channel and Bassmaster.com.

In the first episode — “Desert Tripping” — the Zaldains head to the Wild West for fishing and fun in the deserts of Arizona, California and Nevada.

“Whether it’s a river flowing through a city, out on the coast or even in the desert, everyone has water close by, and we hope to showcase these great waterways,” said Trait.

Reflecting on shooting the series, Trait also shared the joy of sharing new places and experiences with their camera operator, Mack. “Seeing him light up — smiling — just like we did our first time to the desert and the other places around the country reminds us how amazing the road we are on really is!”

The series is part of a larger partnership between B.A.S.S. and Amazon, which will also feature custom-curated gift and gear guides for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts by the Bassmaster Magazine staff.

“We’re thrilled to help Amazon connect with enthusiastic Bassmaster.com readers and fans of sportfishing,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “Amazon is the ideal partner to help grassroots anglers find the same gear their favorite pros use regardless of what waters they call home.”

Clear Lake Named Best Bass Fishery Of The Past Decade

Since 2012, Bassmaster Magazine has released annual rankings of the country’s best bass fisheries. While tournament data could not be gathered because of the COVID-19 pandemic, crunching numbers gathered over the past eight years revealed a surprising Best Bass Lake of the Decade — California’s Clear Lake.