Big Bass is back at Lake Fork


It’s time for family, fishing and fun at Lake Fork’s 33rd Big Bass Splash presented by Sealy Outdoors Sept. 20-22. There is $516,000 guaranteed in cash and prizes. First place overall will win a 2019 Triton 189 TRX Powered by Mercury equipped with Minn Kota, Lowrance, Power Pole and Navionics; 2019 RAM Truck and $7,000.

Fifteen places will be paid in cash each hour of each tournament day beginning with the 7-8 a.m. hour and continuing through the 1-2 p.m. hour for the 15 single heaviest bass weighed in. Heaviest bass each hour will win $1,500, but all of the top 15 places will get cash each hour of the tournament.

Contestant(s) weighing in the first 2.50 pound exact weight bass each day of the tournament will win $5,000. The contestant(s) who weighs in the heaviest bass under the slot each day will win $5,000. In addition, all contestants are eligible to win a 2019 Triton in the famous “Elimination Drawing.” “You Can’t Win if You Don’t Play” optional bonus games such as the Bonus Card “AKA” Insurance Card and Bonus Shirt Hours can win you additional cash.

Children 5-12 may participate in the Little Anglers Division and win Academy gift cards and trophies/medals for twinning catches of bass, catfish, crappie or perch.

Registration is open online. To enter, visit Early bird registration deadline is Tuesday, Sept. 10. Onsite registration will be at Lake Fork Marina from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19. Registration will continue each morning from 5-6 a.m. on tournament days. Tournament entry fees are $160 for one day, $210 for two days and $260 for three days. The Little Anglers Division entry fee is $10 per day.

All tournament contestants and spectators with a drawing ticket will be eligible to win an Odes UTV valued at $15,995 during Sunday awards ceremony. Come to the tournament site and get a free ticket for the open drawing Sunday, Sept. 22. Must be at least 18 years of age and be present to win.

The Big Bass Splash events are considered to be the world’s largest grassroots amateur big bass fishing tournament of its kind. The Big Bass Splash attracts thousands of amateur anglers to these weekend events. A portion of the proceeds from registration fees go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Wood County Industrial Commission is an event sponsor and venue host. “Wood County Industrial Commission has been a sponsor of the Big Bass Splash for nearly a decade. This is one of the larger bass tournaments held on Lake Fork with close to 3,000 amateur fishermen each September. This tournament brings in a host of professional anglers as well as families and visitors to the lake and county,” Executive Director Kiki Bettis explained. “Recreational fishing is one of the largest industries in the county and state. Anglers are huge contributors to the economy as they generate thousands of dollars in retail sales through a variety of services including hotels, restaurants, tackle supplies, boats, and much more.”