Come on out to Lake Pleasant this Friday through Sunday, March 15-17, and take part in the festivities at Bill Luke Bass Days. The event will be held at the Pleasant Harbor Marina on the east side of Lake Pleasant.

“This event is one of a kind,” said Don McDowell, the event director and host of the Sunday morning “Shake, Rattle and Troll” outdoors radio show on KFNX 1100. “It’s one of the biggest bass fishing tournaments in the Southwest, but what really makes it unique is it’s also a festival geared toward recreational anglers and families.”

While anglers are plying the Lake Pleasant waters, the event will feature plenty of activities to keep children and adults occupied, including magic acts, sport-fishing education, hot dog races, a rock climbing wall, invasive species education, pedal cars and a sand pile, just to name a few. Kids fish for free, and all kids who fish will receive a participation medal or trophy.

Arizona Game and Fish Department personnel also will be on hand, with exhibits and information on boating recreation and safety, aquatic invasive species, and the Operation Game Thief program.

In addition, there will be lake-side music concerts beginning at 6 p.m. Friday (Dina Preston Band) and 6 p.m. Saturday (Mogollon Band).

For more information about Bill Luke Bass Days, visit

Image courtesy Arizona Game and Fish Department

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