LITTLE ROCK — The fourth annual Big Buzz Bass tournament presented by Bradford Marine and ATV will be held June 15 on Lake Maumelle. This year’s tournament features more than $6,000 in prizes, including $3,000 for the winning team or angler.
The tournament will take place from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 15 out of West Rock Landing. Participants will take off in the order in which they register for the tournament, and all teams must return to check in no later than 2 p.m.
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has partnered with Signal Media and radio station 103.7 KABZ-FM, better known as The Buzz, to assist with this year’s Big Buzz Bass tournament.
“This is a great opportunity to promote bass fishing in Arkansas,” said Ben Batten, AGFC Fisheries Division chief. “We’re excited about this partnership with The Buzz and the chance to shine a light on bass fishing and Lake Maumelle.”
Batten said the Game and Fish Commission’s partnership with The Buzz also demonstrates the commission’s renewed commitment to bass fishing and recognizes the importance of tournament bass fishing to the state’s recreational fishing landscape.
“Bass fishing is such a big part of the cultural fabric of The Natural State,” Batten said. “By partnering with the Buzz for this year’s tournament, we hope to demonstrate our commission’s commitment to bass fishing and our overall fisheries resources.”
The Big Buzz Bass tournament originally was slated for the Arkansas River, but with historic flooding taking place along the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, tournament officials decided last week to move the event to Lake Maumelle.
“I’m sure some regular river fishermen will be disappointed,” said R.J. Hawk of 103.7 KABZ-FM, “but with the river forecast to remain high for several weeks, we decided it was best to take the tournament to a body of water that isn’t affected by the river flooding. And Maumelle has been producing some good limits of bass over the past couple of years, so we expect a great tournament despite the move.”
West Rock Landing is arranging for food trucks to be on site for the weigh-in on Saturday afternoon, and Mr. Bass of Arkansas will assist with the tournament weigh-in.
Entry fee is $100 per boat, which may include up to two anglers. Registration is available at BigBuzzBass.com.