Registration opens August 1, 2015
After an extremely successful year two, the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series (ABTTS), the largest team tournament trail in Alabama, is pleased to announce the 2016 tournament schedule. The 10-lake team-style tournament series will be held on ten of the lakes of the Alabama Bass Trail beginning February 20, 2016, with the championship tournament to be held on Lake Eufaula October 7-8, 2016.
“The Alabama Bass Trail tournament format has been wildly successful, pulling anglers from six states for two years consecutively and creating an economic impact of over $2.5 million in the areas around the Trail’s lakes,” said ABT Program Director Kay Donaldson. “I am so proud of what our state has accomplished while promoting the sport of bass fishing. We have showcased these lakes to the world and provided a needed boost to the local economies. We are extremely excited to take tournaments to two new locations in 2016, Lake Martin in the South and Weiss Lake in the North.”
Sanctioned by BASS (Bass Anglers Sportsman Society), the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series gets underway February 20, 2016. The tournament trail contains two divisions: North and South. Each division is made up of five tournaments on five different lakes. Maximum number of boats for each tournament is 225. In 2016, no single entries will be allowed. Teams must fish in all five tournaments in their respective division.
- Lewis Smith Lake • February 27, 2016
Host: Chamber of Commerce of Walker County
- Lake Guntersville • March 19, 2016
Host: Marshall County CVB
- Pickwick Lake • April 23, 2016
- Neely Henry Lake • May 21, 2016
Host: City of Gadsden Parks & Recreation
- Weiss Lake • June 18, 2016
Host: Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce
- Lake Martin • February 20, 2016
Host: Alexander City Chamber of Commerce
- Lay Lake • March 12, 2016
Host: Shelby County Commission
- Mobile Tensaw Delta • April 9, 2016
Host: Mobile Sports Authority & Mobile CVB (held at Live Oak Landing)
- Alabama River Millers Ferry • May 14, 2016
Host: City of Camden
- Lake Jordan • June 4, 2016
The 145 boats in the championship are comprised of the 10 divisional tournament winning teams, top 55 teams in points from both divisions that fished all five events in their respective divisions, along with the top 25 student boats collectively from both divisions that fished all five events in their respective division. Hosted by the Eufaula-Barbour County Chamber of Commerce, the championship tournament is set for October 7-8, 2016 on Lake Eufaula.
Anglers who fished all five events in their respective divisions in 2015 will be given a priority entry period from August 1 to August 14, 2015, to register online at www.alabamabasstrail.org. Registration will be open to the public on August 15, 2014. Entry fee per tournament is $1,250 per team, which includes registration for all five tournaments in respective division.
According to Donaldson, in 2015 both the North and South Divisions experienced growth in participation. “A trail like the ABT is a collaborative effort requiring time and energy from many individuals and steadfast support from sponsors and anglers who are all focused on a common goal – to showcase bass fishing in Alabama,” added Donaldson.
Alabama Bass Trail Tournament sponsors include Bill Penney Toyota; the Alabama Tourism Department; Phoenix Bass Boats, Inc.; Academy Sports & Outdoors; Garmin; T & H Marine Supplies, Inc.; Alabama Power Company; Buffalo Rock, Inc.; Jet-Pep, Inc.; AFS Inc.; Tennessee Valley Authority; Window World, Inc.; LEER Truck Caps And Tonneau Covers; Vicious Fishing; E3 Sports Apparel; Navionics and Frogg Toggs, Inc. Fishlife will be the official tournament directors and Southern Stream Live will be the live-streaming company.
For more information, call Donaldson at 855.934.7425 or visit www.alabamabasstrail.org.
About Alabama Bass Trail
The Alabama Bass Trail is a program of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association. Its mission is to promote Alabama as a year-round fishing destination, to preserve natural resources for generations to come, and to educate high school and college aged students to be good stewards of natural resources. The 13 bass fishing lakes consist of Lake Guntersville, Wheeler Lake, Pickwick Lake, Lewis Smith Lake, Neely Henry Lake, Weiss Lake, Lake Martin, Lay Lake, Logan Martin Lake, Lake Jordan, Alabama River (Millers Ferry), Lake Eufaula, and the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta.