There’s just too much water to go fishing.
The Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday that the Buddy Bass Tournament scheduled for June would be rescheduled for the fall.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mandy White said that the reason for the move was the high water levels of the Ouachita River.
White said that the decision was made in consideration of the safety of the volunteers, fishermen and everyone involved.
The water level is currently at 80.7 feet with the parking lot, boat ramp and parts of the small pavilion at the Crossett arena all under water.
Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge Manager Clint Walker said the water level will have to be lower than 78 feet at the lock to make the boat ramp accessible.
Walker also said that there is still flood water from the Garland County flood last week to be accounted for, and though they will be able to control some of that through the area lakes and Remmel Dam, some of the overflow is predicted to end up in this part of the river soon.
“With the weather forecast predicting six or so inches of more rain this week, we feel that there is no possible way that we will be able to have the tournament June first,” White said.
White said the planning committee will spend the next several days getting the word out and updating information to spread the word about the new date.
The tournament will now be Sept. 7, the weekend following Labor Day.
“That weekend will hopefully allow us to have plenty of volunteer help because it is not a holiday weekend,” White said.
The planning committee will soon release the new registration dates and information. Those who have questions or need other information may contact the Chamber office at 870-364-6591.
“We appreciate everyone’s support and understanding and we will work hard to make September’s tournament a great event for all,” White said.