2011 Bassmaster Classic
Louisiana Delta, New Orleans, La.
Feb. 18-20, 2011
A lot has changed on the Louisiana Delta since BASS last visited here for the 2003 Bassmaster Classic. The area has weathered a devastating hurricane (Katrina in 2005) and an ecological catastrophe (the 2010 oil spill). Nevertheless, the Delta is ready for its close up and should yield good catches for the best bass anglers in the world.
If you want bass fishing history, the Delta has it. The last two Classic champs crowned here were none other than Kevin VanDam and Michael Iaconelli. If you want heavyweight catches, Davy Hite set a Classic catch record in 1999 that lasted for seven years. And, if you want controversy, recall that a local landowner fired shots at Gary Klein in 2003. The Delta has it all.
As for the fishing in 2011, it could be boom or bust, depending on the weather. The three previous Classics here were all summertime affairs. In February, the bass could be shallow and aggressive (if it's warm) or slightly less shallow — there's not a lot of deep water here — and lethargic (if it's cold). The winner will almost certainly be paraphrasing Teddy Roosevelt — speaking softly and carrying a flipping stick.