It was a cold day on Stockton Lake Saturday, Dec 9, but 24 ABA anglers braved the cold and wind. Eleven limits were weighed in. There was a difference of 2.09 lbs between 1st and 4th. The top four money winners included Jay Carter,1st with 13.64 lbs; Glenn Harrison, 2nd with 12.57 lbs; Bill Stines, 3rd with 12.29 lbs and BB, 6.83 lbs; 4th place with 11.55 lbs was Austin Morris. Full results with pictures can be seen at

Air temperature at launch was 27, warming to 45 by weigh-n time. There was plenty of sunshine along with 10-15 mph north wind. Anglers reported catching fish on jigs, crankbaits and jerkbaits, mostly in the mid-lake areas. The fish proved to be active as a total of 173.79 lbs of fish was weighed in and released.

This was one in a series of tournaments conducted by American Bass Anglers, Division 126, all held on Stockton Lake. This tournament series is a draw format and designed for the week-end angler, boaters and non-boaters from age 14.  An ABA membership costing $35 per year is required and allows anglers to fish any ABA tournament. Entry fee for D126 tournaments is $70/angler; a $10 Big Bass option pot is offered.

The next tournament for this circuit will be March 17, 2018, on Stockton Lake using Old State Park as launch site. The full 2018 schedule can be seen at  The season will culminate with a 2-day Championship, August 11-12, 2018. Anglers fish each tournament for cash and prizes from area sponsors including Pete’s, the Outboard Doctor, Albers Marine, Happy O’s, Legacy Farm & Lawn and Ken’s Kafe. They earn points that qualify them to fish a National Championship, scheduled for Oct. 24-26, 2018, on Hartwell Lake in South Carolina.

Full results for this tournament and others can be found at “Like” and follow us on that page to see not only D126, but other area ABA Divisions. More information about American Bass Anglers can be found at or by calling 256 232-0406. Call Becky with any questions at 316 644-1454.