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Arkansas River looks great for Big Bass Bonanza
Urban Wildlife
Arkansas River looks great for Big Bass Bonanza

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza, Arkansas’ largest amateur fishing tournament, is on track for this weekend thanks to improved conditions on the Arkansas River, tournament officials announced.
"Arkansas has seen a lot of rain this spring," said Montine McNulty, executive director of the Arkansas Hospitality Association and tournament organizer.  "As a result we have received a lot of phone calls asking if the Big Bass Bonanza is still going to be held as scheduled.  The answer is 'yes.'"
McNulty said river levels have been steadily declining for several weeks and by Friday the levels should be optimal.
Prize money for this year's tournament will be the same as last year, with $100,000 in total cash prizes. $50,000 is going to the fisherman who hauls in the biggest bass overall, and the other $50,000 will be distributed among the anglers who catch the largest fish in the four remaining weigh-in pools.
The contest spans 300 miles of eligible fishing from Fort Smith to Dumas — the entire length of the Arkansas River within the state’s borders. As in previous years, the river will be divided into five fishing pools, and each pool will have one official weigh-in site. The five weigh-in sites are:

  • Clear Creek Park, Fort Smith;
  • Dardanelle State Park, Russellville side;
  • Verizon Ramp, North Little Rock;
  • Regional Park, Pine Bluff; and
  • Pendleton Bridge, east of Dumas.

The tournament is June 24-26. It begins each day at 6 a.m. sharp, with the first hourly weigh-in at 8 a.m. and subsequent weigh-ins at the top of each hour until the final 1 p.m. weigh-in.  For more information on tournament rules or to register go to arkansasbigbass.com <http://www.arkansasbigbass.com/> .
Anglers can choose to fish one, two, or all three days of the tournament and can fish any of the five pools during the three-day event. However, all fish must be weighed in the pool in which they were caught. Eligible fish species include largemouth, smallmouth and Kentucky spotted bass (black bass).

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