If you have waited, procrastinated or just forgotten to enter the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza, don’t fret. You can still get into the competition.
On-site entries are accepted at the five weigh-in sites even after the actual competition has started. It costs $90 a day to fish in the Bonanza Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 29-July 1.
The tournament begins at 6 a.m. on all three days, 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. 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 spotted or Kentucky bass.
Top prize is a guaranteed $50,000. The river is divided into five pools for the tournament, and winners of the other four pools are guaranteed $10,000 each. In addition, there will be $10,000 guaranteed place money awarded.
Hourly first, second and third place winners in each of the five pools will receive money based on the number of entries in the tournament. There is an extra $100 for wearing Big Bass Bonanza caps and T-shirts at the weigh-in for each of the hourly first, second and third place anglers.
Image courtesy of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission