1. Places To Stay

The Places to Stay are members of the Arkansas Hospitality Association.  For a complete list by pool, please click on the “lodging”  tab on the menu at the top of the page. Also, we have included the contact information for local Chambers of Commerce,  the National and State parks with camping amenities.

2. What radio stations will be providing coverage of the tournament weigh-ins?

Fort Smith: KTCS 99.9 FM

Dardanelle/Russellville: KCJC 102.3 FM

North Little Rock/Little Rock: KSSN 95.7FM or KMJX 105.1FM

Pine Bluff: KXFE 106.9 FM or KDEW 97.3 FM or KAFN 102.5FM

Dumas: KXFE 106.9 FM or KDEW 97.3 FM or KAFN 102.5FM

3. How can I register? We  have a variety of ways & places to register for the 2017 Simmons Bank Big Bass Bonanza of Arkansas.

There are five ways to register for the 2017 tournament:

  • Mail registration form to AHA, P.O. Box 3866, Little Rock, AR 72203.
  • Online – click here to register online. Please remember if you are registering another person and you are the credit card holder, you fill in that persons information and your name goes in the credit card “billing ” section only.
  • Fax with credit card information and signed waiver and release to (501) 376-6517.
  • Day of tournament at weigh-in sites.
  • Visit an official registration site.

Please note that registration via fax, Internet and most official registration sites is available through June 21. After June 21, it is recommended you call to check which registrations sites are still open or you may register on tournament days at official weigh-in sites. Only cash payments will be accepted at weigh-in sites.

4. Can children fish in the tournament?

Yes, there is no age limit this year; however, everyone must pay the registration fee to fish. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

5. What is 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.

6. How many fisherman can be in the boat?

As many as you want as long as you don’t exceed the boat’s weight limit. Anglers fish as individuals – not as a boat entry.

7. Can fishermen trailer their fish to the weigh-in site?


8. Can you fish in more than one pool?

You can fish all pools during the tournament; however, you are required to weigh your fish in the pool where your fish was caught.

Other Fishing Rules

a. No casting or fishing allowed before 6 a.m. on any day of the tournament. Final weigh-in is at 1 p.m. each day.

b. Official time will be broadcast by a designated commercial radio station for each pool.

c. All fishing will be done with a rod and reel and artificial lures only. The use of pork rind is acceptable. Trolling with the aid of combustible or electronic motors is prohibited.

d. A non-contestant can ride in a boat with a contestant. However, the non-contestant cannot fish or assist the contestant in any way.

e. Each contestant is allowed to have a total of two (2) fish in their possession at any given time during the tournament. Fish entered in the hourly contests do not carry over from hour to hour. Only the largest fish per contestant is eligible to win an overall prize.

f. Depth finders and graph charts are acceptable.

g. Fishermen may weigh in only one fish per tournament hour.

h. No fish less than 16 inches in length will be weighed in.