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It was Big Bass Bonanza Weekend,  July 31, August 1 & 2, 2015

Sunday, August 2, 2015:

7.15 Bass Wins $50,000 in the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza Robinette Fox from Hot Springs Wins on Final Day

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  — After competing in the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza, Robinette Fox took home the big prize this year.

The 7.15 pound bass she caught in the 10:00 hour on Friday in the Dardanelle pool was the winner. Robinette is taking home $50,000 for her efforts. Fox beat out 1,693 other anglers to win the grand prize.

This is her fifteenth year to compete in the tournament and fish with her husband. She caught the winning bass while fishing with a ten inch “old monster worm.”

Fox said, “My overall experience has been outrageous, happy and just crazy. I am very proud to be the first woman angler to win the tournament.”

First-place winners in each of the other pools winning $10,000 each are:

  • Anthony Craig, Lincoln (6.53) – Fort Smith pool
  • Rusty Gosvener, Roland (6.01) – North Little Rock pool
  • Jamey Taylor, Wynne (5.80) – Dumas pool
  • Rob Stone, Cabot (5.54) – Pine Bluff pool

Brandon Ward and his Dad, Brent Ward, both from Pine Bluff, took home $1,000 cash and the Willow Leaf Award,

Click here to see the full press release.

Click here to see all three days rankings.

Thank you to all of our fishermen, weigh-masters, their support staff, our radio station partners, Arkansas Game & Fish, registration sites, and our generous sponsors! 

If you did not attend the awards event on Sunday, we will be mailing checks on Tuesday, August 4th. If you would like to make arrangements to pick up your check , call us and we will hold it for you.


Saturday, August 1, 2015:

Robinette Fox from Hot Springs Continues Lead in Big Bass Bonanza

7.15 Pound Bass is Fish To Beat

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (August 1, 2015) — Robinette Fox from Hot Springs continues the  lead after the end of the second day of fishing in the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza with the 7.15 pound bass she caught in the Dardanelle pool.

Fox said, “I’ve been fishing this tournament for fifteen years with my husband. This is like our vacation we take together every year. We were catching a few normal size fish, and then ten minutes later we hooked the big one. My husband told me I fell down to the floor and flopped just as much as the fish was in that moment. It was an interesting and strenuous catch to say the least!”

Click here to see the full press release.

Click here to see the two-days of rankings.

It has been a great two days of the tournament and we are looking forward to another great day on Sunday!


Friday July 31, 2015:

Robinette Fox of Hot Springs Stands Atop

Opening-Day Leader Board

Catch of 7.15 pounds in the Dardanelle Pool

Could Lead to $50,000

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (July 31, 2015) — Robinette Fox of Hot Springs leads the field of anglers with a 7.15 pound bass she caught in the Dardanelle pool. She caught the fish in the 10:00 hour to take the overall lead on the first day of the three-day tournament.

Click here to see the full press release.

 It has been a great day one of the tournament. To see the First Day’s Results click on the results tab above.




The Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza, the state’s largest amateur big bass tournament, has been rescheduled for the weekend of July 31st, August 1st and 2nd, tournament officials announced today, citing continuing excessive water flows on the Arkansas River due to recent rain.

All of us involved in Big Bass are very sorry for the inconvenience and are grateful for the fishermen’s patience and support.

All current tournament registrations will be honored for the new dates, and the tournament rules and prize pay-out arrangements will remain the same. Click on the Registration tab to see details on how to register for the tournament.


Congratulations to all of our winners!

We had a fantastic tournament and Big Bass Bonanza appreciates all of our sponsors, partners & participants!

2014 Big Bass Bonanza Stats:


1st: $650  –  2nd $400 –  3rd $300

A total of $234,200 in prize money was awarded

2277 Total Fishermen

100,000 Bass Fingerlings release

3 Academy Gift Card Winners

Steve Squires of Morrilton, an exact 3lbs on Saturday – Pool 2

Kurt Copeland of Watson Chapel, an exact 4lbs on Saturday – Pool 4

Eric Johnson of Little Rock, an exact 4lbs on Sunday – Pool 5

13 States represented

Our Early Bird Prize Winners are:

Sharon Cormeny, Frank S. Archuleta, Steve Villines,

Brandon C. Rowland, & Jack Broach.


To keep up with the hourly results please click on the results tab above. We will update the hourly results when we receive them from the weigh masters.

You may also keep up with the results on our Big Bass Bonanza Facebook page

Thank you to our great sponsors & wonderful partners!


 Click here for the 2014 Final Press Release for more information.

To see the 2014 Standings click here.

The Big Bass Bonanza would like to say a BIG Thank You to all our fishermen for making this a great tournament

& Congratulations to all the Winners!

Thank You to all of our Great Sponsors & Partners!


2013 Big Bass Bonanza Stats:


1st: $500  –  2nd $300 –  3rd $200

a total of $202,700 in prize money was awarded

2,014 Total Fishermen

100,000 Bass Fingerlings release

7 Academy Cift Card Winners

18 States represented

Allen Wall, Jim Bradford, Paul Lamber & Larry Hollis are our Early Bird Prize Winners


The winner of the Aqu-Vu Micro AV DVR is Mike Whittaker of Huntington Arkansas. Congratulations Mike!


A Big Thank You to Aqua-Vu for their generous donation!

We’ve added one more way to win at the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza. Anglers that win hourly money during the three days will have their names added to a special drawing at the awards event. One lucky fisherman will win an Aqua-Vu Micro AV DVR, a $499 value!

2013 Big Bass Bonanza Tournament results are listed on the results tab

2013 Big Bass Bonanza Tournament press releases are listed below

The weather was perfect and we had a fantastic final day of the tournament! Below is the Final Press Release for Sunday June 30, 2013

Big Bass Bonanza’s $50,000 top prize goes to Swink

 It was a another beautiful day on the Arkansas River! Below is the Press Release for Saturday June 29, 2013

Swink sweats lead during day two of the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza

Great Day Everyone! Below is the Press Release for Friday June 28, 2013

DeValls Bluff man grabs lead at Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza



Big Bass Bonanza made Outdoor Hub!

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Big Bass Bonanza is proud to announce that Academy Sports and Outdoors will again be donating gift cards for the Big Bass Bonanza Tournament to add to the already $100,000 of guaranteed prize money.

The Academy Sports and Outdoors bonuses include the following amounts:

  • A $300.00 Gift      Card to any exact 3lb. fish on the 3rd  payout hour, 9:01-10 am

  • A $400.00 Gift      Card to any exact 4lb. fish on the 4th payout hour, 10:01 -11am

  • A $500.00 Gift      Card to any exact 5lb. fish on the 5th payout hour, 11:01-12      (noon)

The bonuses will be awarded each day and for each of the five fishing pools.


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The Arkansas Game & Fish Commission partners with the Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza to generate awareness of the protection, conservation, and preservation of the Arkansas River. During the event, fisheries biologists hand out oxygenated bags containing largemouth bass fingerlings at each of the five weigh in sites for anglers to release along the river. Up to a half million jumbo fingerling largemouth bass have been released since 2006 during this innovative bass conservation program.

$1,000 Cash to Parent & Child or Grandparent & Grandchild Weighing Largest Bass. (Child or Grandchild under 22 Years of Age)