Klein Wins at Clear Lake

Gary Klein Nov Dec 1981 WB Crop 230x300 Klein Wins at Clear Lake

Gary Klein 1981. Photo Western Bass magazine 1981

Here’s one for ya. Everyone worth their weight in tungsten knows who Gary Klein is. He’s fished 390 tour-level tournaments (346 with BASS and 44 with FLW) since 1979 of which he’s placed in the money 270 times (235 with BASS and 35 with FLW). He’s won 8 Bassmaster events and two FLW Tour events, qualified for the Bass Master Classic 29 times and the Forrest Wood Cup each of the six years he fished FLW. He has 88 top-10 finishes (77 with BASS and 11 with FLW) and has won a ton of cash in the process.

Klein won his first BASS event at the Bass Master Arizona Invitational held on Lake Powell in 1979 at the age of 21 and nearly won BassMaster Angler of the year that same year – Roland Martin beat him out by a little under two pounds.

With this much success, you’d have thought Klein, originally from Oroville, CA, would have won at least one Western Bass Fishing Association event before he packed up his van and headed east. Nope. Klein would have to wait until 1981, two years after he became a nationally-known pro, before that would happen.

The win was on Clear Lake and he won the event – come on I know you can figure this out – flipping. He lead the first day with a 20-pound sack and barely held off Dave Nollar for the win. Here’s the entire article I’m referencing. A pretty cool piece of history.

Klein 1981 Win WB 214x300 Klein Wins at Clear Lake

Western Bass Magazine 1981.


  • basman

    of all the people fishing in bass or flw this guy is truly a class act. no whining, crying or complaining. just fishing. he is absolutley one of the best fishermen in the sport today. i have had the great pleasure of meeting and talking with gary klein on several different occasions and he is a very genuine person. the world and bass fishing need more like him. thanks for being such a great example for this sport.

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