Lake Mead fishing season is heating up

The temperature is not the only thing that is heating up in Mohave County.

By all accounts, fishing on Lake Mead has turned on in a big way.

The Lingenfelter Center just had a big fishing tournament. The top team brought in a reported 78 pounds of stripers to win that division. Second place was just a few pounds behind.

Fred Proudfoot and Ed Walker tore up the largemouth division and easily won that part of the tournament.

This weekend there is another important tournament. The annual United Professional Fire Fighters of Kingman, Local 4191 tournament.

This tournament has been ongoing for over 22 years.

This year there are some changes being made to the tournament. There are now two tournament directors. Mike Stapleton and Matt Wolsey took over for Dan Winder, who had run the tournament for many years. Dan had taken over the duties from the tournament originator Fred Proudfoot.

Other changes this year include the addition of a three-person team. If one of the team members is under 16 years old, the team only pays a $60 entry fee. Regular entry fees for two-person teams are $60, and regular three-person teams pay a $75 fee.

As in the years past, this tournament pays first, second and third place for striped bass and largemouth/smallmouth bass divisions. Teams can weigh in a total of 40 stripers and no more than 15 largemouth/smallmouth bass during the two day event.

A first place-only check will be given to the team that brings in the heaviest stringer of catfish. First place prize money will also be paid to the teams that bring in the single heaviest striped bass and largemouth/smallmouth bass.

According to Stapleton, teams can enter at the dock at South Cove on Friday afternoon by no later than 3 p.m. All fees must be paid in cash.

The tournament will start at 4 p.m. and there will be a courtesy weigh-in around sundown for teams who want to check in largemouth/smallmouth bass.

The tournament officially ends at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Following the weigh-in of the largemouth/smallmouth bass at the South Cove dock, teams will meet at Fred and Carol Proudfoot's home in Meadview for an all-you-can-eat dinner, complete with soft drinks and water.

There will also be a prize drawing held at the Proudfoot's home, which will include a large number of prizes. Tickets for the drawing will be sold on site.

Call Mike Stapleton at (760) 450-4954 or Matt Wolsey at (928) 279-3926 for more information.

The next big overnight striper fishing tournament will be Stripe-R-Rama.

Tournament Director Johnnie Hoeft said this tournament will start on Saturday, June 2, and will end at 7 a.m. on Sunday, June 3.

For more information or to sign up for that tournament, contact Johnnie Hoeft at (929) 716-2616.