High waters on Big Muddy flooded much of the weigh-in area in Fort Madison, Iowa, in 2008, delaying the appearance of the Elite Series for about 12 months. The last time the BASS pros fished this section of the Mississippi was in 2006, when former Elite Series pro Darrin Schwenkbeck bested a field of Bassmaster Northern Open anglers with a three-day catch weighing 42-12.
That happened in late July, and the winner used a combination of topwater frogs and flipping and pitching weeds for his catch. In mid-June, things should be a little more wide open. Everything from topwaters to flipping and pitching to deep-diving crankbaits should catch bass. Catch rates might be up, too, since the water will be a little cooler and the bass a little more active.
With so many outstanding anglers in the field, don't be surprised if the winning weight is in excess of 75 pounds!