June 9-12, 2011
The Arkansas River has been a popular BASS tournament destination since the 1980s, when it hosted back-to-back Bassmaster Classics in 1984 and 1985. BASS has fished the river out of Pine Bluff and Little Rock in Arkansas and would have held an Elite event on it in 2010 out of Oklahoma had the weather cooperated.
In August 2006, Scott Rook — an Elite pro from Little Rock — won the Bassmaster Legends on the river out of his hometown. Rook is always strong on rivers and especially dangerous in his backyard. He'll head a list of Arkansas pros that will be favored to keep the trophy in the Natural State when the Elites arrive in June.