Lake Dardanelle, Arkansas

September 21 - 22, 2019 | $135,000

Event Details

Arkansas Big Bass Classic Presented by Discover Russellville - $112,350 Guaranteed Prizes & Payouts

Entry Fee: Two Day $160 | One Day $110 (Per Angler)


Lake Dardanelle, Arkansas (Dardanelle Pool Only - No Locking)

Weigh in Site: 

Start fishing time (First Cast) is 6:30 am for both Saturday and Sunday

Dardanelle State Park, 100 State Park Dr, Russellville, AR 72802

Guaranteed Overall Grand Prize: $45,000

2019 NITRO Z19 rigged with a Mercury® 200 L Pro XS FourStroke outboard, Minn Kota® Ultrex® 24V, 80-lb, Bow Humminbird® HELIX™ 9 DI G2N, Console Humminbird® HELIX™ 9 SI G2N, genuine NITRO ratchet cover, tandem-axle 2 brakes NITRO® trailer w/powder-coat finish & GALVASHIELD® Impact corrosion & chip protection.

Guaranteed Total Hourly Paybacks: $42,350

1st $1000  2nd $500  3rd $300 4th $250  5th $225  6th $200  7th $175  8th $150  9th $125  10th $100

Early Entry Prizes: $25,000

Lew's Mach 1 Speed Stick Series 6'10" Medium Heavy Casting Rod Model MH1SH610MH  (Retail Value $79.99) and a Strike King bait assortment (Retail Value $20.00 ) the first 250 two day entrants.



September 20th 4-6pm Dardanelle State Park

If you have previously registered/paid online then you have an official entry into the tournament and are NOT required to attend the registration on Friday.  Friday's registration is ONLY for anglers who have not already entered/paid for the tournament. *If you qualified to receive an early online entry rod (see below).

Hotel Information: Coming Soon

Text System:

You may enter yourself in the text system for this event by texting the word arkansas to the number 25827.  We will enter your number in the system but some carriers block these type of messages, so by entering yourself this will prevent the chance of being blocked.  Also if you have previously opted out of our system, you will have to put yourself back in the system by texting the above keyword.  If you opt out we cannot put you back in the system.

Start Time:  

Due to the varying times of year that we host our tournaments, we will notify everyone of the start time the day prior to the start of the tournament. We will notify you via text message. Start time (first cast) for each tournament will be safe light and set by the tournament director. You may launch and be on the water but you may not begin fishing until we notify you of first cast. Please do not call our offices related to start time.  We will post start fishing time on this page the week of the event.

Weigh in Times: All days of event

7-8am, 8-9am, 9-10am, 10-11am, 11am-12pm, 12-1pm, 1-2pm

Early Entry Prizes:

Early entry promo rods may be picked up at registration sites above or after 3pm each day of the tournament. Please do not call our offices related to early entry rods.  There is a rod counter at the top of each event page. Rods are gone when counter shows zero.  We will post the date the counter goes to zero on the site.  *Your co-angler may pick up your rod for you if you're unable to be present.  

The early entry rods were gone on April 29th.  If you registered prior to this date, you will receive a early entry rod.



UPDATE: Based on the recent flooding and impending record rise in water levels, we have cancelled the upcoming event on Lake Dardanelle June 1-2nd. The event is being rescheduled for Sept 21-22nd, 2019. Online registration will re-open June 3rd for the fall dates. We will move all current entries forward to the fall event and if that date works for you then there's nothing further required and your entry will remain current.  Deadline for notifying us for a refund is Sunday June 2nd.  After this date we only be able to move your entry to another event or the 2020 Dardanelle event.

If for any reason, you're unable to attend the fall event, you may request a refund by emailing and providing us your full name, address and cell phone number and use the title Dardanelle Refund Request in the email subject line. You may also move your entry forward to the May 30-31, 2020 event dates if you prefer and you will keep your rod for those who qualified.

Please do NOT call our offices related to refunds, we will only address those requests that are sent via email and follow the instructions above. For those who received early entry rods who remain entered, you can pick the rods up next Wednesday (May 29th) at Bass Pro Shops in Little Rock from 3-6pm or you may pick them up at the event in September. If you request a refund you WILL lose your rod and it will be placed back in the available rod pool. We apologize for the incovenience and look forward to seeing everyone in September.  Here's the link to the most recent warnings from the National Weather Service:

Participants less than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult with written parental permission. (Written parental permission must be provided to Event staff prior to the start of the Event) Participants under the age of 18 years may not fish alone in the Event.

Click here for parental consent form

New for 2021, we have created a junior angler division for our events. Participants 12 and under will compete for a separate single event payout, at a reduced entry fee. The entry fee for the entire event is $75 (regardless of the number of days fished) and we will pay $500 to the largest overall junior fish of the event. Anglers 13 and over will compete for full payouts and pay full entry fees.

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