Big Bass Bonanza scheduled June 26-28 on Arkansas River

Staff Writer

LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza, a major fishing competition that draws more than two thousand amateur contestants, will be held on 300 miles of the Arkansas River June 26-28.

Anglers can choose to fish one, two or all three days of the tournament. Entry fee is $80 per day. The angler who lands the largest fish in the three-day tournament will take home a guaranteed $50,000, with four other pool winners to receive $10,000 each. Other prizes, including first, second and third hourly winners in each pool, will depend on the entry money received.

All entry fees, minus tournament expenses, are returned in prizes. In 2014, the tournament distributed $234,200 in prizes. There were 2,278 competitors. The tournament was won by Steve Scherrey of Conway with a 6.98-pound largemouth. Scherrey, who also won the 2000 Big Bass Bonanza, was the event’s first repeat champion.

The annual Big Bass Bonanza is the successor to the King Cotton Classic that operated a number of years out of Pine Bluff. Big Bass Bonanza is a program of the Arkansas Hospitality Association with the assistance of several sponsors including the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

More information on tournament rules and format is available at www.arkansasbigbass.com.

The river is 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.
• Pendleton Bridge, east of Dumas.

Anglers can choose to fish any of the five pools and can fish different 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 or spotted bass

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