Event Guidelines & Social Distancing Protocol
Published on 05-04-2020
As of Tuesday April 28th, our May 15-17th event on Chickamauga WILL be held May as scheduled, as well as, Table Rock on June 5-7th. We have secured future dates for all spring events that were cancelled. Please visit our Schedule page for all revised dates.
The following social distancing protocols will be added to our tournament rules and operating procedure for all Big Bass Tour events, until further notice. Anglers participating in our events will be required to follow all protocols to ensure the safety of all tournament anglers and our tournament staff.
- We will only accept online entries into our events. If you need assistance by phone, it will be available. (There will be no onsite registration)
- As always, anglers will be allowed to launch from any ramp on the lake and trailering a bass to weigh in is allowed at all times.
- We will manage the hourly weigh in process and not allow more than six (6) anglers at the staging tanks at any one time. (Tanks will be spaced six (6) feet apart)
- We will notify anglers at the docks when it is time for them to approach the staging tanks. Anglers waiting until the end of the hour who are unsure if they are going to weigh in will have to stay in their boats and declare with a staff member before the end of the hour.
- Anglers must use their own weigh bags. (There will be no "community" use of weigh bags)
- Anglers will not be allowed on stage with the Tournament Director at any time.
- After you weigh in a fish we ask that you immediately leave the weigh in area and return to your boat. If you need to check the leaderboard please do so with the Live Leaderboard link that we will text to you.
- We will not stop the weigh in process to take photos, other than the fish leading the tournament. (If you want a photo of your fish, please take it in your boat prior to coming to the weigh in)
- Each event will have a minimum weight guideline to weigh in a fish. (This will be determined lake by lake and based on past results) *For example if a two pound fish has never earned a check at an event we will ask anglers to please not bring fish two pounds and under to the scales.
- We will mail winners checks to participants. (No onsite checks and awards presentation/pickup will be held)
- Promo rod pickup times will be the Thursday before the event from 4-6pm and each day after the final weigh in from 3-4pm. (No rod pickup during the event)
- We recommend the use of a face mask, buff or neck gaiter when you bring a fish to weigh in.
These protocols are in no way to be construed as a complete list of tournament rules. Anglers may visit our rules page by clicking the following link: bigbasstour.com/rules
During this time, we highly recommend that you visit the CDC website and familiarize yourself with their current guidelines, as well as, the prevention steps you can take related to the Covid-19 virus. As always, common sense and cleanliness are keys to managing these types of situations; wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth, cover your cough/sneeze, don't travel if you are sick and avoid close contact with others who may be ill.
Here's the link for the CDC guidelines and information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/
Current spring event status:
Chickamauga Lake, Tennessee - May 15-17 - Confirmed On Schedule (Registration Open)
Lake Dardanelle, Arkansas - May 29-31 - Cancelled
Table Rock Lake, Missouri - June 5-7 - Confirmed On Schedule (Registration Open)
Table Rock Lake Update
Big Bass Tour Headed To Lake Eufaula Alabama In 2021
VanDam Advises Go Big at Table Rock
Burghoff Says Chickamauga Giants Can Be Caught in All Depth Ranges
Lake Dardanelle Update
Tournament Social Distancing Protocol