Western Outdoor News (WON) Arizona circuit bass fishing returns Jan. 7 with an angling shoot-out a Bartlett Lake.
The first two tournaments of the seven to be contested this season are now in the record books having been held Oct. 22 and Dec. 3 at Roosevelt Lake.
Following the Jan. 7 fray, the fourth in the series will play out Feb. 25 at Roosevelt Lake launching from Cholla Bay.
Other upcoming state tournaments are scheduled for March 17 at Bartlett, April 14 at Lake Pleasant and May 19 at Apache Lake.
At the conclusion of the season, Arizona’s top finishers will compete in the WON Bass team championships.
In those and the other tournaments on the state circuit, anglers compete for cash and prizes.
For the hardcore anglers who fish for a living, the WON professional circuit is set to host a tournament May 5-6 at Roosevelt, which will draw anglers from around the country. It will be one of four tournaments on the professional circuit. Others are at Lake Havasu, Lake Mead and California’s Lake Shasta and the Delta.
On Feb. 12 and 13, 2011 at Roosevelt, WON Bass hosted a highly successful professional tournament that drew top-flight anglers from around the West.
Payson’s best showing has come from the team of Keith Hunsinger and Robert O’Donnell who are sitting third with 14.37 pounds and 232 points.