Lake Mead NV Home of the U.S. Open

Lake Mead NV Home of the U.S. Open

The 2015 Won Bass U.S. Open Tournament is scheduled for 9/14 – 9/16. If the reality program Survivor ever did a bass fishing show, I think it would look a lot like a Lake Mead U.S. Open event. Previously held during the month of July this venue is located at the convergence of three major deserts, the Mojave, the Great Basin, and the Sonoran.  

Too hot is an understatement! Heading to the lake the temperatures can reach the 90’s before the sun rises. During the day, it’s not uncommon for the thermometer to hit a scorching 120 degrees! Yes, we all want to win, but just surviving the U.S. Open is also a prominent goal. 

This derby doesn’t only attract survivalists it attracts histories highest caliber bass anglers. The venue is just outside of Las Vegas between the Grand Canyon. Bass fishermen not only travel from all over the United States to compete, this significant competition also draws anglers from across the globe.   

I have had the pleasure and the wear for all to compete at Mead on several occasions including two U.S. Open events. I’m not going to be at this year’s event, but I have snapped many Lake Mead pics, so allow me to give you some visual windows and in a sense take you there.

Located between iconic Las Vegas to the west…

Located between iconic Las Vegas to the west…

And the majestic Grand Canyon to the east. 

And the majestic Grand Canyon to the east. 

At full pool Lake Mead is 112 miles long, and has 759 miles of shoreline. 

At full pool Lake Mead is 112 miles long, and has 759 miles of shoreline. 

Temple Basin area

Temple Basin area

Crossroads; Bonelli Bay center foreground, Overton Arm center top, Temple Basin right, Virgin Basin left. 

Crossroads; Bonelli Bay center foreground, Overton Arm center top, Temple Basin right, Virgin Basin left. 

The Hoover Dam and bridge construction on route U.S. 93 spanning from Arizona on right to Nevada on the left. 

The Hoover Dam and bridge construction on route U.S. 93 spanning from Arizona on right to Nevada on the left. 

Traversing the Colorado River this bridge was completed in 2010 and is in Memorium to Mike O’Callagan and Pat Tillman. Mike O’Callagan was a former Governer of Nevada and Pat Tillman as most of you know was a professional NFL football player who gave up his career (AZ Cardinals) to enlist in the military and fight in Afghanistan, where he lost his life.  

Traversing the Colorado River this bridge was completed in 2010 and is in Memorium to Mike O’Callagan and Pat Tillman. Mike O’Callagan was a former Governer of Nevada and Pat Tillman as most of you know was a professional NFL football player who gave up his career (AZ Cardinals) to enlist in the military and fight in Afghanistan, where he lost his life.  

The event launches from Callville Bay NV. That is a long walk up the launch ramp to get the truck and trailer. Ah, the life of a Co-Angler, so blessed!

The event launches from Callville Bay NV. That is a long walk up the launch ramp to get the truck and trailer. Ah, the life of a Co-Angler, so blessed!

Staging for blast-off

Staging for blast-off

Anglers will be bringing both smallmouth and largemouth bass to the scales. By the way, these are generally very good Mead bass.

Anglers will be bringing both smallmouth and largemouth bass to the scales. By the way, these are generally very good Mead bass.

Though they don’t count for the tournament, Mead has tanker Striped Bass too. You can easily run into one while targeting competition bass species, Wow! 

Though they don’t count for the tournament, Mead has tanker Striped Bass too. You can easily run into one while targeting competition bass species, Wow! 

Moving through The Narrows at 60+ MPH, Virgin Basin is coming into view, the ‘bath-tub’ ring in this photo shows the lake level down at just over 100'. Currently, the lake is down about 150’ from full pool.

Moving through The Narrows at 60+ MPH, Virgin Basin is coming into view, the ‘bath-tub’ ring in this photo shows the lake level down at just over 100'. Currently, the lake is down about 150’ from full pool.

The north end of Greg Basin near the junction of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon.

The north end of Greg Basin near the junction of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon.

Speaking of survivors, in all places, Burro Bay Temple Basin. 

Speaking of survivors, in all places, Burro Bay Temple Basin. 

Ram Tough

Ram Tough

The fish do not know it's arid.

The fish do not know it's arid.

Layers above and below the Black Mountains, Virgin Basin.

Layers above and below the Black Mountains, Virgin Basin.

Hamlin Bay

Hamlin Bay

Wide Screen Western Epic, looking all the way across the basin to Temple Bar.

Wide Screen Western Epic, looking all the way across the basin to Temple Bar.

Bowling for bass. There is just a lane. I might as well take pictures! Hahaha!

Bowling for bass. There is just a lane. I might as well take pictures! Hahaha!

Fortification Hill on the Boulder Basin and the painted desert.

Fortification Hill on the Boulder Basin and the painted desert.

The storm has passed, flat calm at 70 MPH across the Virgin Basin, heading for the narrows and then the launch ramp.

The storm has passed, flat calm at 70 MPH across the Virgin Basin, heading for the narrows and then the launch ramp.

The desert has such a unique beauty. And a place the size of Lake Mead, of course, has tremendous beauty. My photographic tour has shown a minuscule amount of what is in store for you, should you have the opportunity to visit. If not, or until then, I hope you have enjoyed this 'trip'. Good luck to all of this year competitors! 

 

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