Red River is more than just a John Wayne western. It's also one of the premier bass fisheries in the South. Louisiana's stretch of the river has been the site of six professional level BASS events, including Opens in 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2008. Most recently, in 2008, it took 54 pounds over three days to claim the top prize.
In February, the Red River could present a real challenge for the best bass anglers in the world. It could be cold and muddy, two conditions that spell tough fishing. That could benefit the pitchers and flippers who move to shallower, cleaner water and patiently work a jig through dense cover. If conditions are challenging, look for low weights and a close finish.