Tuscaloosa wants to attract bass fishing tournaments


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) – Bass fishing tournaments generate millions of dollars in Alabama with so many lakes and rivers across the state. Tourism and sports officials in Tuscaloosa are now trying to get in on the action by hosting tournaments on the Black Warrior River.

Tourism and Sports Director Stan Adams told CBS 42 the proposed plan would be huge for Tuscaloosa County’s economy. Adams says hosting major bass fishing tournaments like the Bass Master Classic could generate up to $3.5 million.

“There is so much untapped potential on this river. 3.5 million impacts, but it could be even more than that, that’s just what we estimate right now of lost economic impact because there’s not enough access and that there is no facility there to fish and it is an untapped gem that we have to pour the money in and really show it.

Adams says the proposed plan would use Oliver Lock and Dam in Northport as an area on the Black Warrior River to host fishing tournaments. Part of the plan would also be to use the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater as an outdoor facility where anglers would go and weigh their fish. Adams said it’s high time Tuscaloosa could see what fishing tournaments could do for the economy.

“It’s a different demographic that I think we’ve overlooked in Tuscaloosa, and we have these rivers and beautiful bodies of water and we want to show them off and we’re not just a soccer town, we have so much more. to offer in this community”.

According to Tuscaloosa tourism and sports officials, they wanted to hold tournaments on Lake Tuscaloosa, but many who live on the lake are opposed to holding large tournaments.


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