Natural Reflections Turns Up The Heat For Fall

dragonflyThe apparel options for cooler weather continue to roll in!  We took a look at the Natural eggplantReflections Zip-Fleece Jacket last week. If the fleece jacket is, perhaps, a little too casual for you, there is another option:  The Natural Reflections Chenille Full-Zip Sweater.

The sweater is available in five basic colors, perfect for fall:  Dragonfly, Eggplant, Biking Red, Antique White and Rock Ridge. Made of a soft nylon/polyester blend, the sweaters feature a full zip front, split pocket, and suede-like zipper pull. This wardrobe redessential will keep you nice and warm during cooler and weather whiteand is easily cared for.  Simply machine wash, on the gentle cycle cycle, then lay flat to dry.

Chenille is a type of spun yarn, which has been around since the 18th century. Chenille yarn is made from short pieces of fiber twisted around a yarn core. The fiber then stands away from the yarn, which gives chenille its famous soft texture.  It didn't become truly popular as an apparel fabric until the 1970s.

rockThe variety of colors and timelessness of chenille, make them perfect for gift giving (Christmas isn't that far away) or back-to-school needs. Stop by your local Bass Pro Shops and check out the latest offerings from Natural Reflections.



Salmon Fishing in September

The Salmon River is waiting for you.  You can fish from shore, by wading or by drift boat.  Anyway you look at it, what a exciting time to be fishing.  At Bass Pro Shops we have exactly what you need to enjoy that fighting fish experience.  The right equipment, and knowledge is important so your encounter with that large salmon is safe as well as fun. Salmon fishing will keep you coming back year to year.

New York Salmon are some of the largest gamefish found in the northeast.  The salmon have small scales, soft-rayed fins, and a lobeshaped fin on its back.  They are slender and streamlined.  This body shape makes it possible for them to hold their position in tumbling rivers as well as make swift movements when seizing their prey.  Salmon range from a delicate shading of spots and irregular markings to silver metallic.  They can also be bright and bold during the spawning season.  Salmon thrive in freshwater as well as sea water.

Never been Salmon Fishing?  Well stop by our Fly Shop to talk with our associates, and they will set you up with what you need.  To start off with check out the Temple Fork Outfitters Signature Series II.  This two piece rod includes a rod, reel, line, backing and leader.  Just great for beginners.








We recommend a breathable wader.  Try the White River Eco Clear Waders 100% waterproof waders with ECO clear technology.  ECO clear are a crushed walnut and dynamic rubber compound.  This compound helps keep organisms from attaching on to your gear.  Add a wading belt and you are covered.

















Don't forget your floatation vest.  The Simms G3 Guide Fishing Vest is great with 22 pockets, and a breathable mesh liner to keep you cool.  This fishing vest will keep everything from your flies and tools to your license and cell phonevest

Our associates in the Fly Shop always recommend a wading staff.  The White River Wading Staff, is lightweight, collapsible, and provides just the right amount of stability for those slippery rocks.







On to bait - Roe Flies or Glow Bugs as some call them are fantastic for spring and fall salmon fishing.  You want something to immitate egg patterns.  If it is estaz  flies you are looking for, stop on down and talk with Mike DeTomaso our associate in the Fly Shop.  He will be happy to tie the flies you need.















Finally, Don't forget sunglasses.  Bass Pro Shops has a large variety of sunglasses to pick from.  One that you might find interesting are the polarized Fish Eyes Bifocal sunglasses .  They add just a little bit of bifocal so you can tie what you need on quickly.







Enjoy the month of September salmon fishing, and remember we are always here to answer any questions you may have.


Robin Piedmonte - Events Coordinator


Outdoor Cooking Primer - Dutch Oven Honey Dijon Chicken

Dutch Oven CookingYou can feel the cool air starting to finally arrive!  Time to fire up the cast iron and do some Dutch Oven outdoor cooking!  Use a fire pit, cement slab or gravel to place your coals on...or we use a small Weber Smokey Joe grill as our charcoal holder!

Here is a recipe we've borrowed from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Iowa State Fair Recipes brochure from this summer.

Honey Dijon Chicken

Honey Dijon Marinade
1 Cup Honey Dijon Mustard
1/2 Cup Honey
1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
Splash of Lime Juice

1 Pkg Chicken Tenders
2 Cups Sliced Mushrooms. Cooked
1 Small Onion
3-4 Slices of Cooked Bacon
1 Cup Monterrey Jack Cheese

Mix the marinade ingredients together and hold back about 1/2—1 Cup for dipping sauce later. Place the chicken tenders in the remaining marinade and let sit for two hours.
Spray the bottom of a Dutch Oven and place over 20-26 hot coals. Cook chicken tenders until browned on both sides. Then place the mushrooms, onion, bacon and cheese over the top of the tenders.

Place the lid on the oven.

Remove coals from below the oven so only 6 remain.
Place 12 coals on top of the oven and bake for 20 minutes.


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Approaching a Century of Leadership

September is Boy Scout Month at Bass Pro Shops

September is Boy Scout Month at Bass Pro Shops. This promotion will run in all of the Bass Pro Shop stores for the entire month of September 2013.

What’s in It for the Boy Scouts and Your Local Council?

  1. Increase awareness of Scouting in the community to help grow membership
  2. Raise money through a customer donation program at each store
  3. Offer fulfillment of merit badge requirements through in-store workshops to your Scouts
  4. Invite Cub Scouts to come out and participate in workshops preparing them for Boy Scouting


How Can Your Council Help and Benefit?
Any time during the fall family promotion (but particularly on weekends, when traffic is highest), Scouts are encouraged to be in the store to talk to customers, solicit membership (youth and adults), and remind visitors of the donation program (explained below). Bass Pro Shops will provide a covered, skirted table and chairs for your council, and have in-store signage promoting the BSA.

Donation Program
During the month of September, Bass Pro Shops will offer customers an opportunity to donate $2 or $5 to the BSA at each cash register. This donation will also enter the customer into a drawing for a $500, $250, or $100 Bass Pro Shops gift card if the customer completes the information on the donation form. At the end of the promotion, 50 percent of the money collected will come to the National Council and the other 50 percent will be given to your local council. Scouts present in the stores are encouraged to talk about the donation with customers to increase results.

Merit Badge Classes
Bass Pro Shops in Oklahoma City is uniquely qualified to offer Fishing and Rifle Shooting Merit Badge Classes with merit badge requirements included. This year, Bass Pro Shops will help Scouts working toward the Fishing and Rifle Shooting merit badges. (Fishing does not include the final step of actually going fishing, and Rifle Shooting will use the air rifle option.)

Advertising Support
This promotion is being supported with national advertising and has been approved by the National Council. Bass Pro Shops’ national advertising includes television, direct mail, in-store signs, a website and email campaign to Bass Pro Shops customers, and a mention on Twitter to Bass Pro Shops followers.

Store Management Support
If your council has specific needs or ideas, please schedule a meeting with store management in advance; they’re glad to work with you. Bass Pro Shops’ corporate office has sent out a communication to its stores in advance of this event, so don’t hesitate to reach out ASAP to begin preparations.

National Council Support
The Corporate Alliances Team is working with Bass Pro Shops to provide a seamless experience for every participating council. In addition to communicating with the 51 councils in Bass Pro Shop store areas, we will be communicating to all councils across the country to inform them of this promotion in case they or their members choose to visit a Bass Pro Shops store during the month of September. Either way, Scouting benefits from more of our members being aware of this promotion. For questions or more information, contact the Corporate Alliances Team at or call 972-580-2247.

Bass Pro Shops Online Toolkit
An online toolkit is available that includes sample emails, letters, and fliers you can use to help promote your participation for the entire month of September. Communication of this will go out in advance with instructions on how to access it at

Getting Started

If you are interested in getting with the Boy Scouts or the great outdoors, you should check out the Boy Scouts http://www.scouting.orgwebsite and the Bass Pro Shop Outdoor World in Oklahoma City. Ok.

We look forward to seeing you in our store and as always, thank you for shopping Bass Pro Shops. Good luck and have fun.



Redhead Toxik is your next Archery adventure!

Redhead is a brand we have all grown to love. Our Redhead Toxik XT is an outstanding, performance driven compound bow. The engineers have really done a number on this amazing bow. It’s shooting a blazing 330 FPS and can be adjusted from a 26.5 to a 30.5 draw length. So teenagers from full grown adults can fit into this package. The Toxik XT is a ready to hunt package. Which means, it comes with a 3 pin apex sight and an octane rest, stabilizer, and quiver. That’s most of the essentials already. All you would need is some arrows and a nice target. The Redhead X1 Pro arrows are one of the best on the market. They are made by Goldtip and have .001 straightness. They come in 340 and 400 spine strengths which cover 40-70lbs shooters. And lastly, you need the Redhead layered target. They are guaranteed for 750 shots and have a 10 dollar rebate which brings the price down to only $39.99. So, the next time you are looking for a bow hunting rig stop into bass pro shops and pick you up a Redhead Toxik XT!

    Package Details:

  • Re-engineered to generate even faster flight—up to 320 fps
  • Effortless draw cycle
  • Compact, lightweight machined-aluminum riser
  • Parallel limb technology
  • Rotating cam module
  • No-press draw-length adjustments from 26.5"–30.5"
  • 80% let-off
  • Axle-to-axle: 32"
  • IBO speed: 320 fps
  • Brace Height: 7"
  • Weight: 3.8 lbs.
  • 3-pin sight
  • Hostage® capture-style arrowrest
  • 5-arrow quiver
  • 5" stabilizer
  • Wrist sling

Get Out and Get Those Big Bass This Fall

Deacon and his big fish

With the leaves starting to change and the cooler temperatures just around the corner, it’s time for you to start hammering those big bass. These big guys and girls are going to start actively feeding again as the local waters start to cool back down. It’s a fact, they just don’t feed as often or eat as much in the summer when the temps are up and the oxygen levels in the water are down. Another great thing about the fall is the cold fronts that come through. These fronts lower the temperatures and seem to get the big bass in a feeding frenzy. You will find fishing pretty good right after a front passes through.

So where are the big bass in the fall? Well, they are following the bait fish, and these shad and other little guys are migrating up the creeks, so look for the big bass there, as well as on the flats. And the shad that were fortunate enough to make it through the summer have grown in size, so think about using some of your bigger lures in the fall as well. The key is to making your bait mirror the look of the baitfish in the area. Green weeds seem to attract them in the fall, as do boulders and docks where the water is transitioning from shallow to deep.

Scout out the water you are on, find the bait fish, throw something that looks like them, and watch the big bass tighten your lines. I think you will have some great days this fall if you follow these tips. Good Luck and Good Fishing.


Boy Scouts Across America!

Scouting began in England in 1907, created by General Robert Baden-Powell. Today, the Boy Scouts are found in 190 of the world's 195 independent countries The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) was founded by Chicago publisher William Boyce on February 8, 1910. 

The journey begins as a Tiger Cub Scout, then Bob Cat, then Wolf, then Bear, then Webelos and ultimately ends with an Eagle Scout Ranking.  During their journey, they will learn basic skills which include:  Camping, Citizenship, Communications, Community Living, Conservation, Cooking, Environment, Family Living, First Aid, Hiking, Physical Fitness, Swimming. 

Bass Pro annually supports these young men through community ivolvement including this months contridbutions, local fundraising events which included a Hot Dog Stand in front of the store to give the customers as they entered and exited the building!  It was a delight to watch as when the customers realized they were getting a free hot dog and drink.  Bass Pro is also holding Merit Badge classes for fishing and rifle shooting hosted by our own Operational Support Associate Jerry!  Earn Your Merit Badge!

Boy Scout



Fall Bass Buffet

As our seasons change so do the behaviors of those monster Bass. Our buddy the Bass starts changing his patterns in the early fall. Bass are much like us; they look forward to a nice dinner. If we took a Large Mouth to a buffet, they would be charged twice. So how do we use their appetites to our advantage?

Start by looking for bait fish because that’s where the bass will be. These delicious snacks will most likely be located near large feeder creeks, humps, breaks and the shallows. Bass feed aggressively so don’t be afraid to bust out some imitation shad lures with an erratic retrieve. Bass like to eat but also enjoy the challenge. Teasing these guys with some erratic retrieval will make them salivate for sure. Ok, maybe not salivate but it’ll sure be tempted...

Pay close attention to the weather for optimum Bass location. Water temperature and wind direction make an impact on all fish. Schooling bait fish tend to head in the direction of the wind. The cooler fall temperatures will cause bass to search for water temperature that remain stable. No one likes to sit directly under the air conditioner vent at Olive Garden right? Like I said, bass are like us.

Too bad for them we have the Bass Pro Shop to help us along. Stop in the store and ask for the latest and greatest equipment and advice. Good luck catching YOUR dinner of a lifetime...


Getting Ready for Fall

Alright, ladies…it’s about time to put away our sundresses, flip flops and shorts and trade them in for items a little bit warmer with the fall season fast approaching. I know it is crazy to think about since we are currently in the middle of a heat wave, but we all know how St. Louis weather is so we need to start preparing ASAP! Personally, this is one of my favorite times of year because as summer comes to an end there is still a ton of things to look forward to. Bonfires, hunting, football games and much more are just around the corner. I can almost feel that crisp autumn air…

As you pack away your clothes until next year, I know what you’re thinking…”I have nothing to wear this fall.” So, let’s talk about some new options for your fall wardrobe.  

Starting with the basics, blue jeans are perfect for the cool fall weather. They are a warm article of clothing. You can buy them in various fits to match your shape. Searching for the perfect pair of jeans can be frustrating, but it is worth it. Nothing feels better than a comfy pair of blue jeans. My favorite thing about jeans is that they can be dressed up for a night or dressed down for a casual appearance. You already have the jeans you just have to pick the top based on where you’re going.

Flannel button shirts are the perfect top for a night at a bonfire. They offer a bit of warmth but if it’s not enough throwing on an extra layer would not be too bulky. Natural Reflections have countless flannel button ups come in a variety of different colors and patterns.

            Layering is a must for the fall. Take a plain long sleeve t-shirt, add a vest on top and you’ve gone from simple to casual cute in no time. You can do the same with jackets and you can even layer the flannel shirts we just talked about. Pick colors that accent each other, maybe even add some jewelry to enhance those colors and you can’t go wrong.

            If you’d like to wear dresses, there a tons of long-sleeved style dresses. And you can always add a pair of leggings and boots. You won’t have to worry about the cold air striking your legs because the leggings and the boots create a warm barrier.

            Brands like Under Armour and The North Face have released some adorable, but sporty hoodies and jackets that are great for the fall also. Some even have camo accents.  I am a huge fan of these because they are not only cute, but who doesn’t love the feeling of a soft hoodie? You have a place to shove your hands when the cold is too much and a hood to protect your ears from the harsh air.

            As the summer comes to an end, don’t fret. I love the warmth and sunshine too, but embrace fall! Go shopping for some fun new fall outfits and you’ll be anxiously awaiting that first bon fire.  Keep these tips in mind while you’re shopping, but explore and do what’s comfortable for you. Then share with us your ideas….what are your favorite fall styles?

Lauralee Gilkey

Bass Pro, St. Charles, MOLadies23


Crossbow Predators

As an experienced predator hunter I had called in and shot many coyotes and bobcats with both rifles and shotguns, and although i was aware of the increasing popularity of bow hunting i had never considered it for hunting predators. However i retired recently and taking a part time job at Bass Pro brought me into direct contact with new equipment developments in this field and i began to think seriously about it.

In practicing both in the stores range and in my back yard i was amazed at how quickly i was able to shoot accurately even at the ranges of fifty and sixty yards, well within the distances that i had called in and shot predators with a shotgun. In using my crossbow i would be able to have it cocked in the stand, a big advantage over the movement involved in drawing and shooting a compound or a longbow. The real difference would be in shocking power where the accuracy of a high powered rifle bullet would be less important than that of a crossbow bolt. For this reason i selected some wide cutting broad heads to maximize blood loss and to assist in tracking a wounded animal.

The area that I chose for my first crossbow hunt was one where i would have no competition, an old overgrown farm where i had hunted for deer for more than 10 years. It had recently been bulldozed for a housing addition, but the construction did not belong immediately. The deer were gone but there was coyotes scat on every new road. I spent the next week scouting and doing some howling in the evening, and it appeared that i would be dealing with at least two separate packs of coyotes. I selected four calling sites so that i would have choices depending on wind direction. I planned to call early in the mornings and late afternoons although coyotes can be called at any time especially in cold weather when food is scarce. Night calling can also be very successful but is illegal in many areas.

Coyote in Grass

Late one afternoon i slipped quietly into one of my stands and set up with a light breeze in my face. I was wearing camouflage clothing, a face mask and gloves, and sat against a tree to break up my outline. i placed and decoy that looked like a red-tailed hawk and a electronic caller with programed rodent and rabbits distress calls. i had a mouse squeaker tapped to my bow and squeaked every ten minutes, which is important as coyotes maybe close enough to hear it and may respond from several hundred yards away and going to full call mode may scare them off.

Shortly there after two yearling coyotes showed up followed by an alpha female. I loaded my crossbow waited about 10 minutes till she was in range and i was confident enough in my shooting skills to kill her and released the bolt that got her right in the neck, with that i was able to get one of the yearling coyotes with a quick reload. Wow what a day my first crossbow hunt and i got two coyotes. It took two trips to get both coyotes and my equipment home but the elation i felt with my hunt made the trips very easy.

with a little preparation and some face time with Bass Pro employees and the sue of the range i was able to make my very first crossbow hunt extremely successful, and though my first hunt was fruitful unfortunately my next 3 were not, i reviewed what i did with some of the hunting staff at Bass Pro and was able to adjust what i did and got a Bobcat the last day of the season


Top 3 Summer Bass Jig Tactics


By: William Redmond

BOO Jig for big bassDeep and slow always seems to be a solid summer bass strategy. The fish are generally lethargic and rarely given to the chasing mood we find during spring and fall. Enticing presentations are important during these sluggish times, so for tips on the topic, we turn to a pair of Bassmaster Elite Series pros, Terry Scroggins and Cliff Prince.


Scroggins is first up with his look at dense summer weed mats. When bass take refuge in the cool shadowy world beneath tangled masses of hydrilla and countless other aquatic weeds, punching through with heavily weighted worms, craws or tubes usually does the trick. However, Scroggins said he finds plenty of fish hiding near the outskirts of such mats where a ¾-ounce Boo Jig with a 3 ¾-inch Yum Craw Chunk easily pushes through the looser vegetation while presenting a large profile that typically generates big bites. 
Scroggins releases bass caught on a boo jig
"Those are great ambush points and it's cover that often gets overlooked because they're small isolated patches, usually on the outside edge of a weed line," he said. "It's not like you're going to catch a whole school of fish off of one clump. Most of the time, you'll get two or three bites. It's also easy to cover because it's a very small target. It's a high-percentage point that takes hardly any time to fish effectively."

While bait color is less important in the darker realm beneath dense mats, Scroggins pays more attention to his jig's appearance around the scattered stuff. Natural colors like green pumpkin, brown and watermelon work best in clear water, while black/blue or dark neons provide the necessary contrast if the water is stained. Scroggins flips and pitches his jig on a 7-foot, 8-inch extra-heavy Duckett flipping stick with a 6.3:1 Lews baitcaster holding 65-pound braid, which helps him manage big fish by slicing through the salad.

"When I'm flipping the isolated grass, I'll flip the jig in there and dead stick it," he said. "I'll let it go to the bottom for 15-20 seconds before I do anything. With a Craw Chunk, that jig will actually stand up like a crawfish would be in fighting mode. I'll let it sit there, hop it twice and go on to the next drop."

Scroggins is apt to fish the edges and isolated sparse vegetation any time, but notes that the best times normally are the low-light periods of dawn, dusk, at night and under cloudy skies. Bright, direct sunlight often pushes bass farther under the grass mat.


In deep water, Prince likes the big profile of a ¾-ounce Booyah Pigskin Jig with a full skirt guaranteed to move a lot of water. This bait, however, is no one-trick pony and Prince knows that a standard football head jig can also stir up plenty of trouble on the bank.

"A lot of people don't throw it in shallow water because they think all the fish are out deep during the summer," Prince said. "The fish will get shallower than a lot of people think – especially if we get a lot of rain. If the water gets dirty, the fish will move up shallow to feed."

Prince likes Molting Craw and Nest Robber color patterns matched with a green pumpkin craw chunk. In much of the water he fishes during the summer months, these color patterns match the stage of crawfish development, and in clear, shallow water, he wants the jig to look as natural as possible.

(Above: Bass-fishing legend and two-time Bassmaster Classic Champion Bobby Murray with more information on dragging the Pigskin.)

Cover is key, as the Pigskin’s rumbling ways generate lots of fish-attracting commotion when it traverses wood or rock. As with the traditional offshore theater, Prince sticks with a meticulous drag that gives fish plenty of time to spot that noisy, hefty profile representing an easy meal.

"You don't want to move it a lot in the summer," he said. "The fish don't want to chase anything."


Back out deep, Scroggins will often taunt lackadaisical summer bass with an old-school stroking technique. He's more likely to go with a 3/8- to ½-ounce flipping jig, but a football head of similar size works just as well. In fact, the latter proves advantageous if you're short on rods, as the one jig enables you to instantly shift gears from dragging to stroking.
bigmouth bass on a jig
At first glance, stroking a jig doesn't seem to fit into the "deep and slow" summertime attack, but it prompts bass to react to the jig before it gets away. 

Armed with a 7-foot heavy-action rod, a 6.3:1 Lews reel and 15-pound fluorocarbon, Scroggins fits his jig with a plain chunk trailer that allows for a quick return to the bottom after each stroke. Noting that this technique works best when fish suspend 4-5 feet off the bottom, he said the proper stroking motion requires controlled force with sharp direction.

"It's almost like a ¾-of-the-way hook set," he explained. "You're just popping it on slack line. The key is that it creates a bottom disturbance and the fish just see something fly off the bottom and then fly back down. That triggers a reaction strike."

If the fish play hard to get and his day heads south, Scroggins said he can always count on bluff walls to keep him out of trouble. Bluffs may be more popular for big fish during the winter, when they retain heat and pull bass close to their mostly vertical surface, but bluffs also benefit the summer game with shade, bait positioning and plenty of depth ranges so fish can rise to feed and then quickly access deeper, cooler water.

Here, Scroggins will commonly throw a 3/16-ounce Booyah Finesse Head with a 6-inch YumMighty Worm. Benefits when used as a primary lure include a quick sink-rate to reach deeper fish and a smaller profile when fish are accustomed to seeing bigger, skirted jigs. He also uses it as a follow-up bait when he misses a fish on a jig for the same reasons. Jigs - A starter Course


Table Rock & Bull Shoals September Fishing Report

Shaky head fishing is hot right now!  Take a 1/4oz or heavier shaky head jig head (it is built to make the soft bait you attach to it stand up), and add a crawfish, worm, or baitfish soft trailer, and work it slowly along the bottom, frequently stopping the bait completely.  The bass just cannot leave this bait alone!  Right now, with the surface temperature of both lakes pushing 85 degrees, putting your boat in 35ft. of water, and casting to 15ft., then slowly working the shaky head out into the deeper water, is working.  Try a skirted twin tail grub, in brown purple or smoke purple.


Try a drop shot rig.  Find a line of trees or stumps off a bank with a varied depth.  The crawfish, shad, or pan fish the bass are after, will be moving among these trees, and suspended bass will be ready to ambush.  Look for underwater timber at all depths.  Mark the depths where the most bait fish and bass are found, and find timber at that depth.  Fish straight up and down to these suspended fish.  Ask a fishing associate how to rig for this drop shot bite, and ask what the current best bait is.  You can also fish this drop shot rig like a finesse Carolina rig, by casting it out and retrieving it the same way you would a Carolina rig.      


There is an early morning top water bite on most of each lake.  Top water lures, such a s a Zara Spook, Chug Bug, etc., will work during this time, as will most of the wake baits.  Beginning at dawn, look for fish rising on big flats, and fish in these areas.  Many times, the bite will end when the sun becomes visible, but, on occasion, this bite will go on for a few hours.  Right after the top water bite stops, a grub bite often follows, on these same flats.  Currently, bass are taking a smoke, or smoke with some color flecks (like red, or gold-red-black) grub. 


From late morning to early evening, jigs and tubes often work well, since black bass key on crawdads during this time.  Try a ¼ to 1/2 oz. jig, with a craw trailer, on main lake and secondary cove points, and any transition banks or flat.  It is important to add scent to all soft plastic, to maximize the time these fish hold the bait in their mouth.  Try fishing around  docks, pole cedar lined banks, chunk rock points and cove banks, with a jig, drop shot rig, Carolina rigged lizard, finesse worm, French fry, or a creature bait, also Carolina rigged.  Don’t pass up any different feature, like an underwater hump, depression, ledge, chunk rock section, etc.  Shallow to medium depth flats, near deep, main lake water, often produce nice fish. 


Do not pass up any main lake point that looks good to you, during this time of the year, since water is often being pulled (generated) from each lake, and the resulting lake currents, cause shad to congregate off these points, and nearby main lake shore line.  Ten to fifteen inch worms will work well off these main lake points.  Get ready, and set the hook hard!


Summer evenings are a great time to get out onto the lake, since, after the sun leaves the water, bass move into the coves, and water temperatures and available oxygen are at comfortable levels for feeding fish.   


Slow fishing, employing a finesse Caroline rig, jig and trailer, tube, square billed crank bait, or other bait which will work in the shallow to medium depth of a cove flat or secondary flat, will pay off , for a while, until the water gets warm enough for the available oxygen to begin depleting.  As the water temperature goes up, dissolved oxygen level shrinks.  So, fish move to deeper water, to find better oxygen levels.  A big rain will add oxygen and bring fish back into the shallows!


Wind and rain offer an opportunity to change tactics.  Wind will allow spinner baits and shallow running crank baits to work well, and rain can cause water clarity to get murky or muddy, allowing a jig or tube to work even better.  They are out there waiting for you!!!


                               Good Luck and Good Fishing!



Fall Fishing Event

Fishing is not just for spring and summer anymore...

Join us in September at the Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville and  plan your fall fishing around the changing season.  Our Fall Fishing Event will include seminars from our knowledgeable Fishing Pro Staff and Nitro Team members, as well as kid and family activities. Make your plans now to attend- September 21-22 & 28-29.


      Saturdays, Sept 21 & 28

            1 pm   Fish Hatcheries; From Hatcheries to Lakes

                        Learn information about fish hatcheries and how they stock our lakes

            2 pm   What You Should Know About Fishing Using Electronics

                         Learn how to use your GPS to find the best catch

            3 pm   Best Baits; Baits that Work for Successful Fall Fishing

                         Visit with experts on what’s hot in baits for fall


      Sunday, Sept 22 & 29

            1 pm    Area Fishing; What You Should Know

            2 pm    Expert Tips; Best Fall Fishing Practices

                        Learn about local fishing and selecting the right equipment

            3 pm    Changing Water Conditions; How it Affects Fishing

                        Water conditions change when weather shifts. Learn the effects

**FREE FISHING TOWEL GIVEAWAY- to the first 50 customers who attend the 2 pm seminar each day**

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ JUST FOR KIDS!!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


12-1 pm     Free Beginning Fishing Workshop

                    Learn the basics to get started fishing.

This class will include hands-on casting instructions. Free giveaway and BPS Kids Fishing Team Certificate to the first 50 kids who complete the workshop each day.


12-4 pm     Catch and Release Pond- filled to the rim with bluegill!!!Fall Fishing 2013



12-4 pm     Free Photo Download!!

 Visit our photo area for this photo opportunity free digital download- you can print or email your friends.









Fall fishing 2



      1-3 pm       Crafts- Color your own Tackle Box


Family Focus: Joyce Kilmer - Slickrock Wilderness Area

Joyce Kilmer Wilderness Area

trail map

Recently, my family and I visited a part of the state that none of us had been to.  We traveled to Robbinsville NC for a weekend stay.  While we were in the area, we decided to make a trip to the Joyce Kilmer – Slickrock Wilderness area.  While there, we enjoyed the trails which make a loop through the forest.  The trail leads past several of the giant poplars that the wilderness area is known for.

Giant Poplar

Details At a Glance

Trailhead: Cheoah Ranger District
Overall Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 2mi
Steepness: Hilly
Tread Condition: Some Obstacles
Allowed Uses: Hiking


This figure-8 loop trail travels through a spectacular, virgin forest, one of the largest tracts of uncut forest in the Eastern United States.The forest around this trail is designated the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. This is a fitting memorial for an individual who is best know for his poem, "Trees". A monument inscribed with the poem lies at the mid-point of the hike, where the figure-8 trails cross. Excellent representation of original, native cove hardwood forest with enormous trees. Well-designed trail with creek crossings on bridges. Connects with trails in the larger, wilder Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness Area.

While hiking the trails, we were constantly stopping to look at the things that were all around us.  At one point, our 2 girls stepped right over a small snake that was in the middle of the trail.  It turned out to be a small ringneck snake (pictured below).

Ring Snake


  This little snake was in a hurry to move off the trail as we came lumbering by.  This was also a great opportunity to remind our kids to slow down and look more closely at the surroundings.  We were all in too big of a hurry and this was a reminder that we needed to slow down.  We made the loop through the forest, seeing several other impressive poplars.  At one point, we stopped to the sound of water rushing down the hillside, even though there wasn’t a stream to be seen.  It turned out that there was a subterranean creek just under one portion of the trail.  The earth had collapsed and opened a small hole about the size of a basketball that allowed us to hear the water below.  We would later cross the small stream of water further down the slope after it had resurfaced. 


At the end of the hike, we found ourselves taking a few minutes to sit by the primary creek that runs through this section of the wilderness area.  Little Santeelah Creek is fairly small at this point, but has several small pools and falls near the parking area, making it ideal for a little exploration.  The kids had a great time just sitting and watching the water flow by.

Relaxing by the creek

Of course I took advantage of the time and spent an hour or so fly-fishing for the small rainbow trout that seemed very plentiful.  It seemed that each small pool, eddy or pocket held an eager little rainbow that was more than willing to eat the small caddis patterns that I had tied on.  Short, accurate casts were the name of the game in this creek.  With the recent rains and slightly off colored water, several casts to a likely holding spot were often rewarded with a splashy strike. 

If you find yourself in the area around Robbinsville NC, you owe it to yourself to take a quick trip over to this great wilderness area. If you are interested in hiking western NC check out this interactive map.


Ron Kinney

Operations Manager

Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World




It's the 2013 Fall Fishing Event!

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Dates & Times: Saturdays, September 21 & 28     &    
Sundays, September 22 & 29   Noon-4pm

Fishing Seminars

Saturdays 9/21 & 9/28, 2013

  • Fish Hatcheries – From Hatcheries to Lakes     1pm
    • Visit with the Jake Wolf Hatcheries staff Mark Sarti (22st) and Tom Hays (29th).
    • Learn more about fish hatcheries and how our lakes are stocked.
  • What You Should Know About Fishing Using Electronics         2pm
    • Learn how to use your GPS to find the best catch.
  • Best Baits; Baits That Work For Successful Fall Fishing       3pm
    • Visit with experts on what’s hot in baits for fall.

Sundays 9/22 & 9/29, 2013Rob Hilsabeck, IDNR Fisheries Biologist

  • Area Fishing; What You Should Know   1pm
    • Visit with the IDNR’s Fisheries Biologists Wayne Herndon (22st) and Rob Hilsabeck (29th).
  • Expert Tips; Best Fall Fishing Practices   2pm
    • Learn about local fishing and selecting the right equipment.
  • Changing Water Conditions; How It Effects Fishing      3pm
    • Water conditions change when weather shifts. Attend this seminar to learn the effects.

Seminar Giveaway:   Fishing Towel Giveaway to first 50 Customers to attend 2pm Seminars each day!

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Kids Activities

Boy & girl at Bass Pro Shops Catch & Release pond.CATCH & RELEASE POND  
Noon-4pm each weekend day of the event


Noon – 1pm each weekend day of the eventMike Rolen conducting kid's seminar

  • Learn the basics of fishing.
  • This class will include hands-on casting instructions.
  • Kids that complete the workshop will receive a Bass Pro Shops Kids Fishing Team certificate and a free pair of sunglasses!


Noon-4pm each weekend day of the event
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1-3pm each weekend  day of the event
Color Your Own Tackle Box!
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This Weekend @ Bass Pro Shops Altoona

Collegiate CamoHeaded to Ames for the Iowa State-Iowa Football game? Stop by the store on your way to and from the festivities! We're got our jerky on sale and GREAT seasoning and sauces to use for your tailgating! 


Jerky sampling from Noon – 4 p.m. in front of the main aquarium on Saturday and Sunday!


Sunday, September 15 - Jay Green and Scout, the K9  therapy dog, will be here for a dog obedience demonstration in front of the aquarium at 1:00 p.m.


Locally, look for us at the SE Polk Homecoming Parade, Thursday night, September 19 - you won't be able to miss us - we'll be the ones with all of the COOL STUFF AND CANDY to throw out!  

Go Rams!


Coming next weekend - the Fall Fishing Event and the Catch and Release pond for kids is back!  Watch our blog and Facebook page for details!


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Spring Fly Fishing Conditions Report

Summer is almost over thank goodness. Last weekend, I enjoyed a relaxing weekend out on the water. I took some of my buddies down to the Little Red River and we enjoyed several days of good fishing. It sure was as hot one out there. In order to keep cool, we found that wet wading was the answer. We waded in our Simms footies and Worldwide Sportsman light weight shorts that we bought at our local Bass Pro in Memphis, TN. The fishing was good on the Little Red River. South West Power has been running two generators for 4 hours a day and has kept cooler water in the river. Sow Bug and Zebra flies were the flies of the day. Saturday, there was a huge blue wing Olive hatch (type of fly used) on the water for most of the afternoon.

It does not matter where you are or what river you are on, but make sure you enjoy yourself & the great outdoors. Remember to come by and see Lesley and Mike in the fly shop for all your fly fishing needs & news!


       Some Spring condition reports on local rivers.

*The White and Norfork have been running a lot of water. They are near pool so they should be starting to turn off soon.

*The Spring River closes out the canoe rentals by the end of September. Mark Crawford, a professional tour guide, has reported lots of fish and clear water.


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Toyota Test-Drive


Thursday Sept. 12th through Sunday Sept. 15th, 2013

Here's your chance to test-drive a variety of Toyota products on the streets of Olathe.* The vehicle line-up includes the Tundra, Tacoma, 4Runner and RAV4** .
Product Experts will be on hand to answer all of your questions. As a thank you, everyone who completes a test drive will receive a $10 Bass Pro Gift card courtesy of Toyota.
The event takes place from Noon to 6 pm Thursday, 10 am to 6 pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Bass Pro Shops in Olathe.
*Drivers must be 18 years or older with a valid driver's license. ** Vehicle lineup subject to change without notice



Texas Dove Season Prospects Bright

Special White-wing Area expands; higher possession limit

AUSTIN –Texas dove hunters should see plenty of opportunity this fall as conditions are shaping up for an above average season, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Dove season kicks off Sunday, Sept. 1 across most of the state.

Texas dove hunters number upwards of 250,000 and collectively bag between 5-6 million doves during the 70-day season. Thanks to new rules approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) this year, hunters can possess up to 45 birds — three times the daily bag limit. Previously, the possession limit was twice the daily bag. Daily bag limits still apply.

The USFWS also approved for this year an expanded Special White-wing Dove Area (SWWDA) in South Texas. The SWWDA will now extend eastward along its current boundary and continue south along Interstate 37 from San Antonio to Corpus Christi, effectively doubling its current size.

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“For the last two decades, white-winged dove populations have steadily expanded both their numbers and their geographical extent,” said Dave Morrison, Small Game Program Director with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. “We believe, and the Service agrees, an expansion is appropriate to take advantage of additional hunting opportunities.”

To take advantage of the earliest possible opening dates for the special area, the season will run Sunday, Sept. 1 through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, and then reopen Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8. The daily bag limit during the combined four-day season is 15 doves in the aggregate to include no more than two mourning doves and two white-tipped doves and hunting during the early season in the SWWDA is permitted only from noon to sunset.

Dove season in the North and Central zones will run concurrent from Sept. 1-Oct. 23 and Dec. 20-Jan. 5. The South Zone dove season is set for Sept. 20-Oct. 27 and Dec. 20-Jan. 20, with the regular season in the SWWDA Sept. 20-Oct. 23 and Dec. 20-Jan. 20.

According to Shaun Oldenburger, TPWD’s Dove Program Leader, hunters can expect to see an increase from last year in dove numbers.

“It appears that breeding dove numbers have increased from last year in many regions of the state,” he said. “Increased precipitation helped improve dove production and generate ample food supplies. It should be a good season.”

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Bass Pro Shops - Your Tailgating Headquarters, Part II

Last time around we took a look at some of the tailgating requirements (i.e. grill, cooler, canopy, chairs, etc.) you can find at your local Bass Pro Shops. Today, we're going to take a look at some optional equipment/ideas, that will take your tailgating experience to the next level!

sauceFirst, we've established that a grill, whether gas or charcoal, is necessary.  Once you've decided on what you are going to grill, whether it is burgers or steaks, you are going to want to coax as much flavor as you can out of them.  Take a look at the Barbecue! Bible Sauces, Rubs and Marinades book, located in our Gifts Department.  This handbook contains over 300 pages of sauces, rubs, marinades, bastes, butters and glazes to enhance anything you cook.

Here is author Steven Raichlen's recipe for Basic Barbecue Rub. Sprinkle this rub on pork, beef, chicken, or fish. You can cook the meat at once or, for an even richer flavor, let it marinate for 2 to 4 hours first.

1/4 cup coarse salt (kosher or sea)

1/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar

1/4 cup paprika

3 Tablespoons freshly ground black pepper

1 Tablespoon garlic powder

1 Tablespoon dried onion flakes

1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/2 teaspoon celery seeds

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir or whisk to mix. Transfer to a jar, cover, and store away from heat and light. The rub will keep for several months.bone

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That takes care of seasoning your food before you cook it. What about afterwards, you're asking? Bass Pro Shops carries a huge variety of barbecue sauces to dress your meats with. Some of our featured brands include Bone Suckin' Sauce, Rub Some Butt Carolina Sauce, A&W BBQ Sauce and Budweiser BBQ Sauce. You are sure to find a flavor profile to fit your needs and make your taste buds sing.

washerFinally, don't forget games and activities to entertain you while you are waiting for the big game to begin. Some favorites include Washer Toss, Ladder Toss, Bean Bag Toss and Lawn Darts. All are family favorites and fun for all ages.