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Hot Springs Chosen to Host Major League Fishing Tournament On Lake Ouachita in 2021

Published: 10/23/2020

HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK, Arkansas — Hot Springs has been chosen to host one of the 2021 regional championship tournament sponsored by the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine. The tournament will be held out of Mountain Harbor Marina on Lake Ouachita October 21 – 23.

“Hot Springs has become well known internationally for the spectacular way we have hosted world-famous fishing tournaments in the past,” said Steve Arrison, “and we are really pleased to have been selected to host the Major League Fishing (MLF) regional championship tournament in the coming year.

“It will once again focus the spotlight on the world-class fishing available on our lakes.”

The tournament will bring four divisions of the Phoenix Bass Fishing League to Hot Springs (Cowboy, Great Lakes, Mississippi and Okie) for four days of practice fishing and then three days of competition on Lake Ouachita.

A full field of 400 anglers, 200 boaters and 200 co-anglers, along with family members, event staff, sponsors, and media are expected to attend the event along with the viewing public.

The full field of 400 anglers will fish the first two days of the competition with the field cut to 24 anglers for the final day.

The top six boaters and co-anglers as well as the winner and winning co-angler from the Regional Championship will advance to the 2022 All- American Championship.

The Bass Fishing League is the only circuit where anglers can fish close to home, with opportunities to advance to nine no-entry-fee championships – including the All-American and Toyota Series Championship – for a shot at winning top boater awards of $120,000 and $235,000, respectively.

Regional Championships

  • $60,000 top boater award, including a Phoenix 819 Pro with 200 HP Mercury and $10,000 + $500 to $7,000 Phoenix MLF BIG5 Bonus
  • $50,000 top co-angler award, including a Phoenix 819 Pro with 200 HP Mercury
  • Top six boaters and co-anglers advance to the All-American
  • Lucrative contingency bonuses (visit for details
  • Top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each of four divisions qualify for each Regional
  • Thursday, Friday and Saturday tournaments (unless otherwise noted): full field Thursday and Friday, top 12 Saturday
  • Winners determined by heaviest three-day catch
  • Top 24 boaters and co-anglers earn checks
  • Live weigh-in coverage

The Bass Fishing League gives weekend anglers a clear path to the Toyota Series, Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and ultimately the Bass Pro Tour, placing anglers in front of the sport’s largest fan base with coverage on, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Every tournament features live weigh-in coverage and outreach to local media. Original programming of the 2021 All-American and 2021 Toyota Series Championship will be televised nationally on Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network, showcasing Bass Fishing League anglers and their sponsors to MLF’s worldwide audience.

“We pride ourselves on providing the absolute best tournaments for the lowest cost of participation available anywhere,” said MLF BIG5 Senior Director of Tournament Operations Daniel Fennel. “The Bass Fishing League has a rich history of providing a competitive outlet for weekend bass anglers and launching professional careers. That tradition is stronger than ever as we enter the 2021 season with more than $8.3 million in awards on the line for Bass Fishing League anglers.”

The complete 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League schedule, rules and payouts can be found at

Anglers can register for the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League season at or by calling 270-252-1000.

For more information call Steve Arrison at 501-321-2027.


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