A day on the lake with Stacey King

Updated: May 22, 2006, 5:45 PM ET
By Don Wirth | BASSMASTER Magazine, June 2006
Welcome to the real world of bass fishing: Bassmaster's "Day on the Lake with a Pro" series. Here, we put the biggest names in competitive bassin' on a small "mystery" lake and give them seven hours to unlock its secrets, while we log everything they do to find and catch bass in a timeline fashion.

This month Stacey King steps to the plate. The 57-year-old Missouri pro has fished BASS for 16 years and qualified for 12 Classics. Here's what happened June 10, 2005, when we put King on Lake C, a 600-acre reservoir somewhere in the South. How King handled the challenge should provide guidance for Bassmasters hoping to score during the early summer period.

6:51 a.m. I meet King at the deserted launch ramp at Lake C. He's towing a Nitro 929 equipped with a 225-hp Mercury OptiMax outboard and Lowrance electronics. It's 70 degrees, calm and sunny, with temperatures in the upper 80s and thunderstorms forecast for the afternoon. What pattern does King foresee being operative today? "This is a highland reservoir, and these usually have some depth and considerable structure. I expect the water temp to be around 80, and the fish should be moving onto points and offshore structure. Mid-June is usually the beginning of some great structure fishing, when numbers of bass gravitate from the shallows to points, channel drops, humps and the like. Hopefully they'll be stacked up on those areas and I'll be able to whack 'em with big crankbaits, Carolina rigs and jigs. I won't spend any time fishing shallow unless it's late in the day and I've struck out offshore. Often the bite is best this time of year during the middle of the day."