HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — The Arkansas State High School Fishing Championship, part of the Student Angler Federation affiliated with The Bass Federation, will be held Sunday, April 24, on Lake Hamilton.
The tournament will bring in high school fishing teams from across the state for a day-long competition.
“It’s really wonderful to add these high school competitors to the ever-growing roster of fishing championships taking place on the lakes surrounding our city,” said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs. “We know these young competitors will grow up to love Hot Springs’ fishing opportunities and will return to the city many times.”
The high school fishing teams will launch from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Lake Hamilton Fish Hatchery at 6:30 a.m., and weigh-in will be held at 3 p.m. The teams will fish for largemouth and smallmouth bass.
“One of the fastest growing youth related movements across the country are high school fishing clubs,” said Randy Sullivan, of Mayfield, Ky., senior national tournament director for the Student Angler Federation. “The Bass Federation, the nation’s oldest and largest organized grassroots fishing organization, is leading the way with the development of the Student Angler Federation.
“It’s a great way to promote education through fishing. The objective of the SAF is to relate subject matter and basic principles of education to how anglers use them out on the water every day. Also, the SAF is aimed at getting students off the couch and back into the great outdoors by promoting the formation of fishing clubs and outdoor activities within the school. A byproduct of SAF efforts is the creation of competitive fishing in club tournaments and events between neighboring schools.”
For more information call Steve Arrison at 501-321-2027.