2013 B.A.S.S. Nation Western Divisional Clear Lake – Clear Lake, CA, Apr 10 – 12, 2013 – Bassmaster.com


Early bite puts local in lead

Tyler Reed
Tim Johnston

Tyler Reed is the social media and B.A.S.S. Nation editor for B.A.S.S. Keep up with B.A.S.S. on Facebook and Twitter.

TROUT CREEK, Mont. — Some anglers in the 2014 B.A.S.S. Nation Western Divisional worked all day to eke out a limit on Montana’s Noxon Reservoir. But not Tim Johnston. He did it in an hour and a half.

“I had five fish by 7:22 this morning,” said Johnston, a member of the Western Montana Bassmasters. Launch was at 6 a.m.

After that, he basically quit fishing. He only caught one other fish the rest of the day to cull up, and he weighed in 14 pounds, 4 ounces.

Now, he’s in the overall lead at the divisional with 26 pounds, 5 ounces.

“It’s an honor to lead here,” said Johnston. “As good as all these guys are, it’s really an honor.”

Johnston was tops on his state last year and qualified for the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, and from there, he qualified for the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. Is he ready to go back to the Classic?

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