The 26th annual McDonald's Big Bass Splash fishing tournament will be held this, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 21, 22 & 23, at Lake Fork.

KMOO will be LIVE from the tournament broadcasting LIVE updates.

Chana Gail Willis, Wood County Industrial Commission Executive Director, said, “The McDonald’s Big Bass Splash is known as the World’s Largest Amateur Big Bass Fishing Tournament as featured on National Geographic, with proceeds benefiting the Ronald McDonald House® & Select McDonald’s® Children’s Charities.


Bass anglers will enjoy three days of Lake Fork fishing, family and fun with a $500,000 pot of guaranteed cash and prizes in this much acclaimed fishing tournament organized by Sealy Outdoors.   Bob Sealy, tournament director, said, “Prizes to include a brand new Legend Bass Boat powered by Mercury Marine, equipped with Minn Kota, Lowrance Electronics, Navionics, HydroWave, and Power Pole.  Anglers could also win prizes such as Triton Bass Boats, Dodge RAM Truck, Titan UTV, Okuma Rods & Reels and more.”


Children ages twelve and under may participate in the Little Anglers Division and win Academy gift cards and certificates for their winning catches of bass, perch, crappie, or catfish.


The Big Bass Splash also includes Sponsor Displays and hourly weigh in will include twelve places paid cash each hour  of each day for the twelve single heaviest bass brought to the scales that hour.  There’s also “Exact-Weight” contest, for the first to weigh in a 2.50 exact weight bass each day of the tournament will win $5000.  Sealy added, “In fact, spectators, as well as participating anglers, can get in on the action with an Open Drawing for a Titan UTV.  Everyone (age 18 and up) on site Sunday, September 23 will be eligible to enter this free drawing.”


Onsite registration will be at Lake Fork Marina & Motel (903-765-2764), 275 CR 1558, Alba, TX, 75410 on Thursday, September 20 from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and additional registrations each morning from 5 a.m. - 6 a.m. on the days of the tournament.  Tournament Entry Fee is $135 for one day, $185 for two days, and $235 for three days; the Little Anglers Division is just $10 a day.  For more information stop by your local Academy Sports & Outdoors store for an official entry form in our  “Splash Times” Events Directory, call 888.698.2591, or go online to, or locally, contact the Wood County Industrial Commission at 903-768-2402.


Willis concluded, “We are extremely happy to see this tournament  continue at Lake Fork, in Wood County.  It brings a lot of economic dollars to the area, and is a great tourism draw and fun event. There should be a direct benefit to Alba, Mineola and Quitman from the increased visitors. In addition to good lodging at the Lake Fork Marina, the WCIC has listing all lodging facilities in Wood County on their website at  It’s a great resource for local information.”