Registration Now Open for the 2019 AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open

The Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the upcoming AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open on Lake Dardanelle. As the second stop of the 2019-2020 season for the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, the event will be held on October 26-27, 2019 and will be once again hosted by Russellville Tourism and Visitor Center in Russellville, Arkansas. The format will consist of a traditional two-day, one boat and two-angler team format and winners will be determined by the heaviest accumulated weight per team.

“We absolutely love having the college anglers in Russellville, this tournament is one of our favorites that we hope to have each year,” said Christie Graham, Executive Director of Russellville Tourism and Visitors Center.

As one of five double-points Bass Pro Shops School of the Year events, the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series and the ACA are excited to offer collegiate anglers the chance to compete on Lake Dardanelle in the AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open as part of the 2019 Bass Pro Shops School of the Year race.

“We’re very excited to be back on Lake Dardanelle.  This will be our fourth time hosting one of our major televised event on this body of water and with this being the second major ever held in the Fall in our Series, it will be interesting to see how it affects the Bass Pro Shops School of Year race as well,” said Wade Middleton, Director of the Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA) and President of CarecoTV.

College anglers competing in this event will be featured on the television series, digital platforms and will also be experience great hospitality and first-class fishing on one of the best lakes in the nation.  In addition, we’ll see several major fishing companies on site with special things just for college anglers.

“This tournament is such a great opportunity for us to be involved more with college anglers and see their passion for fishing.  We will have our Bass Bus in attendance again this year to insure all the fish are returned safely back to Lake Dardanelle.  This year’s event will be even bigger than last year and we are looking forward to it,” Casey Shedd, Vice President AFTCO.

To register today and find out more information on the 2019 AFTCO Collegiate Bass Open, click the link below and stay tuned for more information to follow!

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About the ACA
The Association of Collegiate Anglers (ACA), a division of CarecoTV, is a tournament organization created to facilitate growth, development, and structure within competitive collegiate bass fishing.  The ACA created the original BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, fourteen seasons ago, which is now the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, and still the longest running collegiate bass fishing series in existence.  The ACA provides support to dozens of school operated regional events nationwide and owns the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, Bass Pro Shops School of Year Program, and associated assets.   The ACA also provides the largest amount of televised coverage of any collegiate fishing series with dedicated programming on several television networks ranging from Discovery Channel, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Pursuit Channel, World Fishing Network, as well as other regional and national networks.  For more information on the ACA or the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series, visit For more information on Bass Pro Shops, visit  For more information on CarecoTV, visit