Big Bass Bonanza

Big Bass Bonanza coming up on Arkansas River June 24-26 LITTLE ROCK (AGFC) – The state's most popular fishing competition, the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza, is coming up June 24-26 on the Arkansas River – all of the Arkansas River in the state.

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.

Big Bass Bonanza is operated by the Arkansas Hospitality Association. Professional bass fishermen are not allowed to enter the tournament.

Hourly first, second and third place winners in each of the five pools will receive $500, $300 and $200. There is an extra $100 for wearing Big Bass Bonanza caps and T-shirts at the weigh-in.

Anglers can choose to fish one, two, or all three days of the tournament. Entry fee to fish is $80 per day, through June 9. After that, the fee will be $90 each day. Additional prizes awarded in various categories. For more information contact the Arkansas Hospitality Association at or 501-376-2323. Go to for online registration and other details.

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.

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; Alltel Ramp, North Little Rock; Regional Park, Pine Bluff; and Pendleton Bridge, east of Dumas.