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Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Open Heads to Russellville, Arkansas and Lake Dardanelle!
Cabela's news release
SAN ANTONIO, TX (March 21, 2017) - The second major televised event of the 2017 Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Series is now only five days away. Over 275 anglers from across the nation will converge on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Arkansas for the Cabela's Collegiate Bass Fishing Open. Anglers will be competing for a wide variety of prizes and for valuable Cabela's School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia points.

All of the anglers in the event are about to face numerous changing conditions throughout this event. Lake Dardanelle is formed by a dam on the Arkansas River, and being on a river, the lake faces constantly changing water levels. Anglers should be prepared to see the water level rise or fall every day. In the past, the lake has seen over a five-foot level swings in just a matter of 24 hours. With such varying lake levels, muddy water will also play a factor that the anglers must plan for. With the always-changing conditions the lake also has a chance to clear up for anglers if up river does not receive rainfall before the event.

Lake Dardanelle offers over 50 miles and 35,000 acres of fishable water. Anglers will have to determine whether they will fish on the main river channel or head off into one of the many backwaters that are connected to the river. In many tournaments, anglers that have bigger, fiberglass boats sometimes have an advantage due to being faster and handling rough water better, and giving more room to the anglers. However, this will be one event where the anglers using aluminum boats may have an advantage. To get in many of the backwaters you will need a very shallow draft boat and this is where the aluminum boats will be key. These anglers will have the option to get way back into that skinny water when a big fiberglass boat cannot. Anglers will have a wide variety of cover and structure to fish river ledges, timber, grass and rocks are the main things anglers will target in search of those Lake Dardanelle bass.