BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Heavy rainfall across central Alabama over the past two weeks has caused water levels to soar and the Smith Lake Public Boat Ramp to flood, prompting B.A.S.S. and local officials to postpone the Basspro.com Bassmaster Central Open at Lewis Smith Lake until Oct. 7-9, 2021.
According to Alabama Power Company, Lewis Smith Lake is expected to reach 8 feet above summer pool levels by Monday, with more rain in the forecast.
"Due to excessive rainfall, the continued threat of severe weather and rising water levels on Lewis Smith Lake, we agree with the decision made by B.A.S.S. to reschedule the Bassmaster Central Open Tournament that was scheduled for April 1-3," said Linda Lewis, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County. "Safety is always our top priority for anglers, Bassmaster staff and local volunteers. We appreciate the continued partnership with B.A.S.S. in bringing these tournaments to our community."
All payments will be transferred to the new tournament date. Any angler who wishes to cancel their tournament registration may email the B.A.S.S. tournament department at email@example.com for a refund.
The Chamber of Commerce of Walker County is hosting the event.
B.A.S.S., which encompasses the Bassmaster tournament leagues, events and media platforms, is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 515,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), TV show, radio show, social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.
The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens Series, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bassmaster Team Championship, Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series powered by TourneyX and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.