The Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza, the mid-south's largest amateur big bass tournament, is still on track for the weekend of June 26-28, according to tournament officials.
The $100,000 grand prize for the weekend's largest catch is guaranteed, with the total prize money to be determined by the total number of registrations in the tournament.
In 2008, AHA awarded over $200,000 in prizes. With more participants, the larger that pool of prize money will be.
In addition to the $100,000 grand prize, other cash prizes to be awarded are:
* Hourly prize money for the top three catches in each hour will be awarded throughout the tournament; and
* The "Willow Leaf Award," a $1,000 special prize for the largest catch weighed in by the parent/child or grandparent/grandchild team weighing.
The registration period will remain open right up until the days of the tournament.
Anglers can register online at the tournament Web site at www.arkansasbigbass.com.
A list of physical registration sites is also available on the Web site.
Now in its 10th year, the contest spans 300 miles of eligible fishing from Fort Smith to Dumas -- the entire length of the Arkansas River within the state's borders.
As in previous years, the river will be divided into five fishing pools, and each pool will have one official weigh-in site.
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;
* Pendleton Bridge, east of Dumas.
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 Kentucky spotted bass (black bass).