POSTPONED: The 2019 Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza


Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza Tournament Update - June 7, 2019

We know everyone is asking about the status of the tournament and we’d like to give you an update.

Due to the current historic river flooding, it's clear that the tournament cannot go off as planned and must be postponed to a later date after June 28-30th.

We’ve been monitoring the situation and are in touch with Army Corps of Engineers as they assess the flooding along the river.

Our primary concern at this point is for everyone affected by the flood and what is in the best interest of our participants.

As the water begins to recede and we have a clearer picture of any damage to our weigh-in sites, we’ll announce new tournament dates and sites (if needed). At that time, we will provide refund information for those unable to fish the new dates.

We also want to express our gratitude to the men and women who are on the front lines helping to keep everyone safe.

As we make decisions, we’ll post updates to our website and social media channels. We know this is not the best news, and we do appreciate your patience.

This is our 30th anniversary on the Arkansas River and we are planning a great tournament for you!


The 2019 Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza will have $100,000 in cash up for grabs during this amateur tournament. This event is sponsored by The Arkansas Hospitality Association and presented by Simmons Bank.

The Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza of Arkansas will be contested in five separate pools for the purpose of paying hourly prizes. Eligible water will include nearly 300 miles on the Arkansas River, all within the boundaries of the state of Arkansas. 

Pool #1: Alma - Clear Creek Park

Pool #2: Dardanelle State Park - Russellville side

Pool #3: Little Rock/North Little Rock - Rock City Yacht Club

Pool #4: Pine Bluff Regional Park

Pool #5: Pendleton Bridge

Competitors will be able to listen to KSSN 96 and 105.1 The Wolf for the daily kickoff to the tournament as well as hourly weigh-in updates and information. You can listen on the radio at 95.7 FM or 105.1 FM, online at or, or you can listen on the iHeartRadio app for your smartphone or tablet here. Our live coverage of the Big Bass Bonanza will begin each day for opening cast at 6am.

Here are five ways to register for the 2019 tournament:

  • Online – the on-line registration is available here. This will ensure that everyone’s credentials will be with the weighmaster at the pool weigh in site. You may pick your credentials up before you go out or when you come to weigh in your first fish
  • Day of tournament at weigh-in sites are Pool 1, Pool 2, Pool 3, Pool 4, Pool 5.   Only cash payments will be accepted at weigh-in sites.
  • Visit one of our official Registration sites. These are limited, call ahead to see if they are still registering.

Remember you may register on tournament days at official weigh-in sites. Only cash payments will be accepted at weigh-in sites.

Entry Fee

One Day – $80 

Two Days – $160 

Three Days – $240

Children may fish in the tournament, and there is no age limit, but everyone must pay the registration fee and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Children will be able to win the Willow Leaf Award (A $1,000 cash award to parent/child or grandparent/grandchild weighing largest bass. Children can not be older than 22 to qualify for this prize.)

Find out more at and be sure to join KSSN 96 and 105.1 The Wolf for this year's tournament!


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