Wintertime warm-up Anglers find fish in shadow of power plant

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Westside Eagle Observer/FLIP PUTTHOFF Russ Tonkinson of Rogers shows a Swepco Lake largemouth bass he caught Dec. 13 2017 on a plastic worm. The 500-acre lake west of Gentry is a wintertime fishing destination because the water is warm all year.

Westside Eagle Observer/FLIP PUTTHOFF Russ Tonkinson of Rogers shows a Swepco Lake largemouth bass he caught Dec. 13 2017 on a plastic worm. The 500-acre lake west of Gentry is a wintertime fishing destination because the water is warm all year.

GENTRY -- Russ Tonkinson uttered the magic word while a bass pulled his line at Swepco Lake. "Net. I'm going to need a net." The unseen denizen of the deep walked Tonkinson from one side of the boat to the other. This was one brute the angler from Rogers didn't want to lose. When Tonkinson coaxed the largemouth bass to the surface, the big fish put on a leaping show on the port side of the aluminum boat. His fishing buddy slid a net underneath and Tonkinson lifted a 4-pounder from the mesh. Words of wisdom: Always take a good-sized net on wintertime trips to Swepco Lake.


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