The 2007 McDonald’s Big Bass Splash Tournament on Lake Fork

The McDonald’s Big Bass Splash is September 14,15 & 16 on Lake Fork this year. As usual, it is based out of Lake Fork Marina.

This is a fun tournament because of the hourly weigh-ins. It adds a different element of strategy other than just fishing hard for the tournament times and hoping to weigh the most fish. The fact that Lake Fork has a 16″ – 24″ slot makes things that much more interesting. I am sure that some fat 15.9999″ fish will win some bucks during this tournament, so just because you are not catching fish over the slot does not mean you can’t win some bread!

The official radio station of the tournament is KMOO 99.9 FM. You need a radio in your boat to keep up with the current weight of any given hour to know whether or not you should weigh a fish you might have in the boat.

The tournament is $210 per person to fish all three days. Fishing times are from 6 am to 3 pm. Banned fishing times are from 8 pm Thursday until 6 am Friday, 8 pm Friday until 6 am Saturday and 8 pm Saturday until 6 am Sunday. See the complete rules for the Lake Fork event.

The best I can tell there will be nearly a half dozen boats given away, a Hummer, a few 4×4 utility vehicles, a few camper trailers and LOTS of cash to be had by the contestants. To keep it an amateur tournament, anyone who has fished 4 or more tournaments within the past 12 months with an entry fee over $600 is not allowed to participate, nor is someone who has been paid to take others fishing in the last 90 days on Lake Fork. In other words, no pros and no guides can fish this. That means that a hack like me can have a decent day of bass fishing and have a chance to win a boat…or a Hummer…or both!

For more info on the McDonald’s Big Bass Splash Tournament Series, click here.

Are you fishing it? See ya there!

5 thoughts on “The 2007 McDonald’s Big Bass Splash Tournament on Lake Fork

  1. I've fished this one for 3 years now. Almost had me a money fish last year but it broke off right under the boat. One year I was fishing 100 yards from a mysterious white boat that caught a fish and left. Turns out it was the winning fish. I had just gone through that area too. Swing and a miss.

    A buddy of mine got second place a few years back and won himself a pontoon boat. But this year the weather pattern is screwy.

    We have not been able to find the fish for quite some time now. Any ideas? :)

    Like you'd tell me.

    Anyways, I'll be out there with you, and hopefully on stage.


  2. Well, how'd you guys do?

    Me and my dad boated 50 /- bass over 3 days, saw the second place guy bring his in, and weighed in one 15 incher. I went back and used some old fishing spots and they paid off. Well kinda. I don't have to fuss with selling the hummer now.

    This was by far some of the best weather for this tournament for the past several years, and loved every minute of it.

  3. We caught about 20 over the three days. All were either too small or in the slot. We could catch 12" bass, but no 15 inchers. We looked hard for some 15 inch fish today.

    Far fewer boats on Sunday. Saturday was absolutely crazy out there with so many boats, but it was fine. Saturday at the mouth of Little Caney there were boats fishing 50 feet apart. Nobody seemed to be protective of their space. There were so many boats…that's just the way it was.

    We enjoyed the weather as well. It was down right cool on the water this morning at 5:30.

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