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Gov. Robert Bentley talks about the positive economic impact the tournaments will have across the state. Photo by Kevin Taylor
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Alabama Bass Trail making stop on Lake Jordan

Published 9:02am Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The natural resources of Elmore County will once again be spotlighted in April 2014 when up to 200 boats launch from Bonner’s Point for a chance to win up to $10,000.

Lake Jordan will be one of the host lakes as part of the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series for amateur anglers.

Lake Jordan will be the third stop in the Southern Division where up to 400 anglers will vie for the top prize and chance to qualify for the championship finale on Lewis Smith Lake Oct. 10-11, 2014.

The tournament trail series was announced in front of the state capitol Monday morning.

“I think it’s great. It allows people to use our beautiful natural resources in this state,  and we have a lot of great lakes in this state,” said Gov. Robert Bentley following the tournament series announcement.

The series is broken into two divisions. The North Division will include stops at Lake Gunstsville, Pickwick Lake, Neely Henry, Wheeler and Logan Martin.

The Southern Division includes the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Lake Eufaula, Alabama Rivers at Millers Ferry, Lay Lake and Lake Jordan.

The Lake Jordan stop will be April 19 and is hosted by the Wetumpka Chamber of Commerce and the Elmore County Commission.

Lake Jordan has been a popular fishery for not only amateur, but professional anglers.

Jordan was part of the two-week championship series for BASS two years ago, in addition to the numerous times it has been a stop along the series trail for the professional organization.

The lakes were predetermined a year ago, according to program director Kay Donaldson.

“What we also looked at is what areas could handle (a large number) of anglers, have restaurants and hotels that could accommodate these people,” Donaldson said.

The maximum number of boats allowed in each fishing tournament will be 200 with the grand prize being a $10,000 payout.

The championship tournament will be comprized of 100 boats which have qualified through the tournament series and 25 student boats who have also fished each tournament in their respective division.

“We are all greatful for Gov. Bentley’s vision and will work together to make the tournament series a success,” said Lee Sentell, director of the Alabama Tourism Department.

Donaldson said the estimated economic impact of each tournament to the respective communities could be near $500,000.

“During a tournament, approximately $300 is spent each day on accomodations, gas, food and other supplies,” she said.

For a look at the Alabama Bass Trail, log on to www.alabamabasstrail.org

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