The 26th Annual Buddy Bass Tournament on April 16th, 2016, will benefit the Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals. Held on 640 acre Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas, the tournament is being presented by Box Hound Marina, Resort, & R.V. Park. Box Hound Marina will be the headquarters and host for the event. Tournament hours are from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Entry fees will be $60.00 per boat (2 person maximum in boat). There will be an optional Big Bass entry of $5.00 per person. Drawings for door prizes are held after the official weigh in. All proceeds from the entries will be donated to Friends of Horseshoe Bend Animals. Since 2013, the Buddy Bass tournament has raised $6000.00 to help their cause.
The annual Buddy Bass Tournament began 25 years ago upon the request of local fishermen and was then known as the Dogwood Days Buddy Bass Tournament. The tournament has consistently grown with six boats showing up that first year to an average of about 35 boats and is run with less formality than most big league tournaments. One of the main differences is that the take off is done by drawing numbers versus the date the entries were received. Many of the years have seen pontoon boats mixed in with the decked out bass boats. Contestants are mainly Arkansas and Missouri residents.