Heading into the final tournament of the 2011 Elite Series season on Wheeler Lake, Ish Monroe was on a mission.  After a dismal 91st place finish at Lake Murray put him in jeopardy of missing the 2012 Classic, Monroe bounced back with a 4the place finish at the Arkansas River and kept it rolling at Wheeler.

These two bass on the final day of competition at Wheeler, where he brought a 13-14 limit to the scales, helped Monroe to his second consecutive 4th place finish to close out the regular season.  It wasn’t a Gatorade shower, but it was pretty close to one. Complete Story

Fun, frog key for Elite angler's victory on Oneida

Ish Monroe
James Overstreet

AUBURN, N.Y. --   Ish Monroe had a ball on Oneida Lake for the third straight day as he went wire-to-wire for the win of the final 2011 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open.

Monroe rode a hot frog bite and backed it up with a prototype flipping bait to sack 51-2, more than two pounds ahead of runner-up Michael Simonton.

“I tell you what, this feels awesome. I’ve won on all the (B.A.S.S.) levels; an Elite Series event, Federation-level event and now that I’ve won an Open it feels really good,” he said as he clutched his trophy. Complete Story

Mike Iaconelli found how shallow fish can live in Oneida.

Rob Russow

Sep 23, 2011 - SYRACUSE, N.Y. – No one had any way of knowing when signing up for the 2011 Bass Pro Shop Bassmaster Northern Open series, but fishing Oneida Lake this week could turn into an advantage in the 2012 Bassmaster Elite Series.

That’s because when the 2012 schedule was announced this summer, it included a stop on Oneida Lake to close the regular season, Aug. 23-26.

“I definitely feel like it was a worthwhile investment of time,” said Kevin Short, who finished 31st at Oneida Lake Friday with 26 pounds, 7 ounces. Complete Story

James Overstreet
Ish Monroe is having more fun, leading after Day One of the Northern Open on Oneida Lake.

Sep 22, 2011 - Monroe cracks Oneida for two-pound lead after Day OneSYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Anglers had no problem filling out limits on Day One of the third and final Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open on Oneida Lake in central New York.

The trick, however, was finding better-than-average fish to bring to the scales. Bassmaster Elite Series pro Ish Monroe of Hughson, Calif., found the five best of the 138-boat field, amassing 19 pounds, 14 ounces to take the lead on the first day of competition. Complete Story

Elite pro takes lead of almost four pounds into final day

Sep 23, 2011 - SYRACUSE, N.Y. — With east wind wreaking havoc on his frog and 167 other boats seeking protected water, Ish Monroe had a trying Day Two of the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open.

But the Elite Series pro not only landed a limit weighing 16 pounds even, he extended his lead over the field with a total of 35-14, nearly four pounds ahead of the pack.

Though Oneida Lake is full of substantial smallmouth bass, Monroe is sticking to the shallows and targeting largemouth with a topwater frog. Complete Story