Lake Jordan to host stop on Alabama Bass TrailPublished 4:02am Monday, August 19, 2013
At least 400 anglers from across the state will be at Lake Jordan April 19, 2014, to fish for the right to become a state champion.
Lake Jordan and the Wetumpka area will be host of the qualifying event, which potentially could a create a major economic impact for the county.
Kay Donaldson, program director for the Alabama Bass Trail, told the Elmore County Commission at its meeting Monday afternoon the potential economic impact for the area could be between $500,000 and $700,000.
To have Lake Jordan become a host spot, the commission was asked to donate $5,000.
“It was really a no-brainer to approve their request given that big of an economic impact for that little bit of an investment,” said Commissioner David Bowen (D3). “This will be great exposure for Lake Jordan and the entire county.”
The tournament is just one stop of the Southern Series along the Alabama Bass Trail, according to Donaldson.
The Alabama Bass Trail is comprised of 11 lakes across the state, including Lake Jordan. The southern lakes include the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta, Alabama River, Lake Eufaula and Lay Lake. The northern lakes include Logan Martin, Pickwick, Guntersville, Neely Henry, Smith and Wheeler.
Vanessa Lynch, Wetumpka Area Chamber of Commerce executive director, said she was contacted by representatives from the Alabama Bass Trail about the potential for Lake Jordan being a competition site.
“Wetumpka has obviously shown it can be a great host for events such as these,” Lynch said. “This will bring such a positive impact for Wetumpka and the area.”
The tournament will also be held at the same time as Wetumpka’s Craterfest.
“So not only will we have the fishermen here, we’ll also have fans who love fishing as well as those who will be here just for Craterfest,” Lynch added.
The tournament itself is still in the planning stages so Donaldson could not reveal what the potential awards would be for the winning anglers, but the launch and weigh-in point will be at Bonner’s Point.
“This is just a great way to promote our county and its natural resources,” Bowen added.