Tucked away in Lamar County just 12 miles north of Paris, Texas is scenic Lake Pat Mayse. The nearly 6000 acre reservoir impounded in 1967 is a largemouth bass haven, but also produces great limits of crappie and sand bass. The lake boasts a 14.10 pound largemouth record caught by Mel Whitaker in March of 1994. The small impoundment is perfect for a weekend get-away and includes ample, well manicured camping sites and boat ramps.
Surrounding the lake are numerous coves and creeks that contain flooded timber and aquatic grasses. The miles of encircling cat-tails offer abundant cover for spawning bass and crappie. At just under 6000 acres the lake is large enough to handle the fishing pressure from a number of boats, yet small enough not to break the bank from rising gas prices.
Texoma Bass Club elected Pat Mayse as the location of their April two-day tournament last weekend. Many of the members arrived mid-week and set up their campers and tents within the friendly confines of Sander’s Cove Park.
Despite the windy conditions and thunderstorms last Thursday and Friday, most found time to locate areas holding spawning bass for the tournament on Saturday and Sunday. When the wind was too dangerous for boating, many of the anglers passed the time by catching easy limits of crappie and sand bass from the bank in protected coves. A chartreuse crappie jig placed about a foot below a sliding cork was the perfect set up for these pan fish.
Saturday morning brought in below average temperatures and a strong north wind. Although the cold front dropped the water temperatures into the lower sixties, most of the bass remained shallow and moved up as the sun heated the water. The lake was in the middle of the spawning phase and more bass were moving to the bank as the April full moon neared.
Taking the lead on day one was Mike Corzine of Sadler and Paul Gosline of Gordonville with a limit of bass weighing 20.96 pounds. Lake Texoma guide JB Webb and David Kenney were a close second with 20.90 pounds of largemouth. Big bass on day one was a 6.29 pound fish that I caught on a green pumpkin Eakin’s Jig.
Day two brought in a south wind and much warmer air temperatures. Dave Youngblood and I were fortunate enough to catch a 23.01 pound limit of bass for a two day winning total of 39.56 pounds. JB Webb and David Kenny came in second with total of 35 pounds. Big bass of the tournament was also caught Sunday, a 7.04 pound bass that I caught on a white and chartreuse chatter-bait. Most of the fish last weekend were located on stumps in 1 to 3 feet of water. Top-water Zara spooks, jigs, and chatterbaits accounted for most of the bass.