The Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza of Arkansas is set for June 24–26 with $100,000 in cash prizes. It is the state’s largest amateur fishing tournament, and this year’s guaranteed cash prizes include $50,000 for the largest fish overall, $10,000 for the largest fish overall in each of the remaining four pools, and place money for overall winners per pool, with $900 for second place, $700 for third and $400 for fourth, according to a news release from the Arkansas Hospitality Association.
The tournament is a popular three-day tournament that spans about 300 miles of the Arkansas River, with pools and official check-in stations at Fort Smith, Dardanelle, Little Rock/North Little Rock, Pine Bluff and the Pendleton Bridge near Dumas.
Hourly prize money for first, second and third place will be the top priority after the guaranteed prizes are awarded. “The hourly amounts will be determined by the number of tournament registrants,” said Montine McNulty, Arkansas Hospitality Association’s executive director. “In addition, if the hourly winners purchased and are wearing a Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza t-shirt and cap, they will receive an extra $100 in bonus money.”
“The Big Bass Bonanza is open to all ages, and last year, it attracted amateur fishermen and fisherwomen from around the country. Still, the five top prizes went to Arkansans,” McNulty. said.
The tournament begins on Friday, June 24 and runs through Sunday, June 26, with fishing starting each morning at 6 a.m. The first weigh-in is at 8 a.m., with subsequent weigh-ins at the top of each hour until 1 p.m. each day.
Entry is $80 per person each day, and the winners will be announced Sunday, June 26, at 4 p.m. at the awards event at the Riverfront RV park pavilion, North Little Rock.
For more information on tournament rules or to register for the Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza, go to: arkansasbigbass.com.