Weekend bass anglers living in Arkansas may want to consider fine tuning their casting skills and dressing up their lucky fishing hats. That's because the Walmart Bass Fishing League is slated to hold a big tournament on Lake Ouachita in late September 2012. Over $10,000 in prize money is expected to be on offer. Here are a few more details:
Fishing Tournament Basics
The Walmart BFL's tournament is scheduled to take place Saturday, September 29, 2012 through Sunday, September 30, 2012 in Royal, Arkansas. Participating anglers are expected to wet their lines daily, at 7 a.m., from the Brady Mountain Marina located on Brady Mountain Road. The Lake Ouachita tournament's weigh-in locations will vary. Saturday's weigh-in is slated to start at 3 p.m. at the marina. Sunday's weigh-in, on the other hand, is expected to start at 4 p.m. at the Hot Springs Walmart located on Albert Pike Road.
Bass anglers interested in fishing in the Lake Ouachita tournament will need to sign-up, fork over a fee and attend an obligatory meeting. Both the sign-up session and the obligatory meeting are scheduled to take place on Friday, September 28, 2012 at the Hot Springs Allen Tillery Chevrolet located on Central Avenue. The sign-up session is anticipated to take place from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. and the meeting will follow. Interested anglers may expect to pay $150 to $300 in entry fees.
About the Venue
The Brady Mountain Marina is considered part of the Brady Mountain Resort. It is a large, full service marina. Dining and lodging opportunities are also available onsite. The Brady Mountain Marina is not the only marina located on Lake Ouachita. There are several others as well. As such, visiting anglers should not have difficulty finding boat slip rentals, boat fuel, bait and tackle. For anglers that are interested, a lake map is available on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Vicksburg District's website.
Fishing Tournament Forecast
As of Monday, September 3, 2012, the water level at Lake Ouachita was 570.95 feet MSL. That is slightly below full summer pool (578 feet MSL). The surface water temperature was said to be in the 70 degree Fahrenheit range. Those conditions are likely to hold steady in the coming weeks. Anglers may also expect a full moon to occur on Sunday, September 30, 2012. Hence, during the tournament, anglers may want to consider targeting depths of 20 feet or more with deep-diving crankbaits. The use of jigging spoons, soft plastics and minnows may also prove to be productive in certain areas.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys fishing with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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