Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Open Heads to Russellville, Arkansas and Lake Dardanelle
All of the anglers in the event are about to face numerous changing conditions throughout this event. Lake Dardanelle is formed by a dam on the Arkansas River, and being on a river, the lake faces constantly changing water levels. Anglers should be prepared to see the water level rise or fall every day. In the past, the lake has seen over a five-foot level swings in just a matter of 24 hours. With such varying lake levels, muddy water will also play a factor that the anglers must plan for. With the always-changing conditions the lake also has a chance to clear up for anglers if up river does not receive rainfall before the event.
Lake Dardanelle offers over 50 miles and 35,000 acres of fishable water. Anglers will have to determine whether they will fish on the main river channel or head off into one of the many backwaters that are connected to the river. In many tournaments, anglers that have bigger, fiberglass boats sometimes have an advantage due to being faster and handling rough water better, and giving more room to the anglers. However, this will be one event where the anglers using aluminum boats may have an advantage. To get in many of the backwaters you will need a very shallow draft boat and this is where the aluminum boats will be key. These anglers will have the option to get way back into that skinny water when a big fiberglass boat cannot. Anglers will have a wide variety of cover and structure to fish river ledges, timber, grass and rocks are the main things anglers will target in search of those Lake Dardanelle bass.
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About the ACA
The Association of Collegiate Anglers, a division of Careco TV, is a sanctioning body developed to facilitate growth, development, and structure within competitive collegiate bass fishing. The ACA provides support to dozens of school operated regional events nationwide and owns the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, the largest participatory collegiate tournament circuit in the country. With dedicated collegiate fishing programming on several television networks, four nationally televised collegiate bass fishing events, and thousands of members, the ACA is the leader in competitive collegiate bass fishing. For more information on the ACA, or the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, visit www.CollegiateBassChampionship.com. For more information on Cabela’s visit Cabelas.com, for more information on CarecoTV, visit www.carecotv.com