WBT Tournament Director Deb Wilkinson received the Arkansas Traveler Award from the Governor's Office during the Academy Sports + Outdoors WBT event at Lake Maumelle in Little Rock.
ESPN's Mike Golic and co-host Erik Kuselias, of Mike & Mike in the Morning, will make a repeat appearance in a live broadcast from the world's most prestigious fishing tournament - the 2009 Bassmaster Classic.
To keep the festivities rocking and rolling on the second day of the 2009 Bassmaster Classic, set for Feb. 20-22 on the Red River out of Shreveport-Bossier City, La., country music sensation the Zac Brown Band will perform live.
BASS announced that the 2010 Bassmaster Classic will return in February to Lay Lake in Shelby County, Ala., site of three previous Classics - 1996, 2002 and 2007.
Texas' Stephen Johnston put his experience as a guide on Sam Rayburn Reservoir to good use, putting 22 pounds of bass on the scales to claim the first-day lead in the Bassmaster Central Open.
Texas' Stephen Johnston expanded his lead to more than 8 pounds on the strength of a 19-pound, 6-ounce stringer, but he had to adjust as thick clouds rolled in for the second day of the Bassmaster Central Open on Sam Rayburn Reservoir.
Stephen Johnston abandoned his preferred pattern during the second day of the Bassmaster Central Open on Sam Rayburn. When the scales settled, the local guide had clinched his first Bassmaster victory with a three-day total of 57 pounds, 5 ounces.
27-year-old Jason Knapp of Uniontown, Pa., saved his best for last, making up more than three pounds to claim his first BASS win at the Bassmaster Northern Open event on Lake Champlain with a three-day total of 56 pounds, 3 ounces.
Chris Sumansky, of Renfrew, Pa., found 21 pounds, 5 ounces, worth of Lake Champlain bass to take the lead at the second stop of the 2009 Bassmaster Northern Open circuit. Sumansky took advantage of a week-long practice before the tournament to get re-acquainted with Champlain.
Dave Andrews of Bolton, Mass., started strong and finished stronger to take the lead at the 2009 Bassmaster Northern Open on Lake Champlain.