The LBAA Arrives at Lake Dardanelle

Russellville, Ark. - The Lady Bass Anglers Association (LBAA) has arrived at Russellville, Arkansas and Lake Dardanelle for the 2014 WILDCARD event. This tournament will allow two anglers in each division who are the highest finishing anglers not yet qualified to qualify for the 2014 Lady Bass Classic! This event is hosted by the Russellville Tourism and Visitor’s Center.


Monica Altman and Cheryl Bowden of the LBAA
Monica Altman and Cheryl Bowden of the LBAA

This two-day pro/am event will have pro-anglers competing to bring in the heaviest five-fish limit comprised of any combination of largemouth, smallmouth, or spotted bass. Co-anglers are looking for the same species but only need three fish for a bag limit each day. The angler in each division with the largest combined two-day weight will be awarded the top cash prize for her division. One angler will also be awarded a $500 Big Bass cash prize for the biggest bass of the tournament.

Lake Dardanelle State Park Pavilion


The Lake Dardanelle State Park is home to one of the nation’s state-of-the-art, multi-use weigh-in pavilion. This 1,861 square-foot pavilion has all the amenities necessary for a top rate tournament weigh-in. LBAA Tournament Director, Greg Warner praised the facility in his comments.

“Here at Lake Dardanelle, they have a fabulous weigh-in facility. I think the girls are going to have a great week here, I think practice has gone pretty good for a lot of them, and not so good for others, but that is pretty typical. The weather has cooperated through the week and I believe that it will cooperate for the rest of the week. I’m looking forward to a good weigh-in. The facility here at the State Park is set up with a stage and seating behind it. Permanent tanks are set up for the bags, they bring in recovery takes to release the fish. This is a great place to bring a tournament, and it makes it easy on the tournament director.”

Fishing Tournament Weigh-in Pavilion


Lacey Gurien, the aquarist at Lake Dardanelle State Park welcomed the ladies of the LBAA to Dardanelle as the 40th tournament hosted at the facility this season with more than 6400 bass crossing the scales at the park. She share some insightful information about invasive species found in Lake Dardanelle and offered educational advise to proactively keep the ladies from taking zebra mussels home with this when they leave. The park as well as area businesses are angler and boat friendly, making Lake “D” a tournament hot spot.

Start up and pairing meeting

Start-up and pairing meeting The previous tournament stops have put the ladies in situations to routinely overcome adverse conditions, and Dardanelle can be as temperamental as the weather and as challenging as any lake in the country. These ladies from all across the USA are ready for safe light tomorrow and will bring bass to the scales at 3:00 PM at the Lake Dardanelle State Park Pavilion.

To learn more about the LBAA visit their site at //www.ladybassanglers.com/ and for more information about Arkansas State Parks please visit //www.arkansasstateparks.com/

A train crosses a bridge at Lake Dardanelle
A train crosses a bridge at Lake Dardanelle

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