Annual Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza

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$50,000 Grand Prize Guaranteed for Top Catch! LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— The Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza, the country's largest amateur big bass tournament, will return to the Natural State for a tenth consecutive year. Anglers can choose to fish one, two or all three days of the tournament. The angler who lands the largest fish in the three-day tournament will take home $50,000, with four other pool winters to receive $10,000 each. Approximately 3,000 fishermen are expected to compete in the event. Total prize money will be determined by the total number of registrants in the tournament. In previous tournaments, tournament officials distributed over $200,000 in total prizes.

Brought to you by the Arkansas Hospitality Association, 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.

Fishermen 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 spotted bass (black bass).

Annual Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza

Address : Clearcreek Park on Arkansas River Fort Smith AR
Phone : 800-472-5022   (Always call and confirm events.)

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Admission Fee : $80 per person, per day; free to spectators

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