Jill M. Rohrbach
There is a significant change to the structure of the prize money this year. Previously the biggest bass overall earned an angler $100,000. This year, the person catching the largest bass will win $50,000 with the remaining $50,000 distributed among the winners of the other four pools. The largest overall fish in each remaining pool wins $10,000. Place money in each of the five pools is $900 for 2nd place; $700 for 3rd place; and $400 to 4th place. Hourly money will also be awarded in each pool.
You can fish one, two or all three days. Entry fees are: $80 for one day; $160 for two days; and $240 for three days. More than 2,000 anglers from across the region are expected to participate this year.
There are several options for registering for the tournament. Check those out online at ArkansasBigBass.com. The Big Bass Bonanza is a project of the Arkansas Hospitality Association in conjunction with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau, the North Little Rock Visitors Bureau, the Fort Smith Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Russellville Tourism and Visitor’s Center and the Pine Bluff Convention Center and Visitors Bureau.