3:40 p.m. UPDATERusty Salewske with a 6-4 limit was joined by Cody Meyer of Redding with 6 pounds, 3-ounces for his five bass to finish in ninth and 10th places, respectively. The unofficial standings were reflective of the small size of fish expected, but limits were more numerous overall, as viewed on FLW LIVE.

Meyer’s comment on stage, “It’s really hard catching keepers here,” was reflected in the number of fish weighing about one-pound each. The top bass was a 3-pound, 3-ounce smallmouth taken by a co-angler.

There was a difference of opinion regarding much change in the standings after one more day on the water. Gabe Bolivar said, “You can make some ground up here,” while long-time national pro Tommy Biffle said nearly the opposite: “You can’t catch up,” he declared, “You just hope to stay close.”

Dave Lefebre leads with five bass weighing 8-13.

NOTE: Zack Thompson’s name should have appeared as part of the California contingent. Scott Nielsen (14th place) weighed five for 5-5, while Brett Hite (16th) weighed five bass at 5 pounds, 2 ounces. Blanks went to Jay Yelas and Joe Uribe, Jr.

3:10 p.m. UPDATE–Alpine’s Rusty Salewske leads the western contingent with about of a third of the field left to weight, putting up a limit weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces and squarely in the top 10 among the pros.

Well, they may not all hold residence any longer, but the West will be well represented by at least a dozen current or former Californians at the FLW Championship event (Forrest-no-L-Wood-Cup) underway right now.

As I look at the field, there are four from the San Diego area, Gabe Bolivar, Thanh Le, Rusty Salewske and Dustin Baker (Lakeside, right?), while NorCal has Michael Bennett (former Cup winner), Cody Meyer, Chris Zaldain and Jason Borofka.

The balance of Michael Rooke, Joe Uribe, Jr., Jay Yelas and Brent Ehrler have spent considerable time in SoCal or still reside here. Add former U.S. Open winner Scott Nielsen from SLC and Brett Hite from Phoenix, and you have good western representation overall in the field of 77.

But with the fishing so lousy on the Three Rivers near Pittsburgh, PA, I’m leaning toward Borofka. From Salinas, he’s not that far away from Lake Nacimiento, the only western reservoir that can match the Forest Wood Cup waters for measly 4-pound limits.

I’m pulling for our guys, but it’s hard to expect very much. Today on the FLW website, one of the contestants noted, “I can’t see more than 10 percent of the field catching a limit.” I also read elsewhere that Iaconnelli had Twittered that he had a limit earlier today.

We’ll find out more later. There is a three-hour time difference.