Hook, Shrine and Sinker Bass Tournament at Crown Lake rescheduled due to COVID-19

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The second annual Hook, Shrine and Sinker Bass Fishing Tournament initially slated for April 25 at Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend has been moved to May 30.

According to Doug Driesel, event organizer, the decision to move the tournament to a later date comes as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Although the tournament date has been rescheduled, registration is still open.

Last year the tournament was held in Cherokee Village, but in an effort to showcase area lakes, the tournament will be held in Horseshoe Bend.

“We wanted to showcase Lake Omaha last year because it is kind of a hidden jewel, but this year we went with Crown Lake because it can accommodate more boats,” Driesel said.

Entry to the tournament is $100 per boat with big payouts for the top three winners.

“First prize is $1,000, second is $500 and third is $250. All of the proceeds raised go to the Shriners to help children in our area,” Driesel said. “We need people to pre-register and come out and have a great time.”

Driesel said the winners will be determined by the five heaviest fish weighed and the heaviest stringer will win.

“After it’s weighed it’s catch and release. Last year, we took in about $5,000 and right off the bat, we were able to take that money and help several people from our area. We’re excited this can happen in our community again. Anyone who watches TV and sees the commercials knows what Shriners does, but your local shrine club impacts your local community,” Driesel said.

This year, several sponsors have come together to support the event in order to help the funds raised go further in helping the community.

“Because of Centennial Bank, FNBC, Elite Auto, Scenic Realty, Eagles Lodge in Horseshoe, Sears Homestore in Mountain Home and the Bend Get and Go, all of the money we raise will go directly to help families in our area,” Driesel said.

Registration will be open until the day prior to the tournament or until there are no spots left. To register, contact Doug Driesel at 870-257-5967.

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