Bass fishing at Roosevelt Lake has been improving over the last three years because of improved water levels, which have produced new cover and spawning areas for this warm-water sport fish. These conditions have created an excellent bass fishery, which can rival the record-setting weights caught at Clear Lake, Calif.
Because of the quality bass fishery of Roosevelt the FLW Stren Western Circuit has put it on the calendar as one of its stops on the 2009 season. The three-day tournament will be April 17 through April 19, with more than 150 professional bass tournament anglers and 150 amateurs fishing for top prize money and a fully rigged Ranger Boat.
This event became a reality when a former mayor of Payson, Craig Swartwood heard that the FLW was considering Roosevelt Lake for a future site of a tournament. He made a couple of key phone calls which insured that Payson would be the headquarters for the event, with the final day weigh-in being held in the local Wal-Mart parking lot.
Most of these anglers will spend a full week of practice at the lake prior to the event in hopes of winning the top prize money as well as the possibility of earning valuable points on the western circuit, which may qualify them to fish the prestigious FLW Tour. Bass boats and trucks will be parked at all the local motels and restaurants in the area for about one week in the month of April.
There is a definite positive economic impact on the host community when a major bass fishing tournament chooses a local lake for competition. There is that opportunity of showcasing the community, the surrounding area, as well as introducing fishermen to one of the best bass fisheries in the West, Roosevelt Lake.
If the Stren tournament is a success, no doubt other FLW events will follow, which could have an even greater impact on the Payson area.
Spectator support is a significant factor. You can be a part of it all by attending the final day weigh-in at the local Wal-Mart.
This Labor Day weekend, stay safe and enjoy God's creation.