Fishin’ for a Mission on April 18

The Sixth Annual Fishin’ for a Mission bass tournament will take place Saturday, April 18, at Lake Dardanelle State Park at Russellville.

(At press time, this event was still scheduled. Please contact organizers to ensure no changes have been made.)

Founded by Amanda and Brian Parsons of Conway, the event has raised more than $25,700 for charity.

This year’s beneficiaries are the same as last year – Soul Food Café Mission in Conway and Community Connections in Russellville. “It benefits not just where we live, but also where we are hosting the tournament,” said Amanda.

Centennial Bank is once again the presenting sponsor with a contribution of $6,000. “We are a sponsor because of the money it raises for non-profits in our area. Our goal as a community bank is to give back,” said Eric King, senior vice president of business development at Centennial. “We think it’s a great cause.”

Last year 55 teams signed up for the tournament. 

“Loving LIFE” as Centennial Bank’s Eric King presents a sponsorship check to Amanda and Brian Parsons for this year’s Fishin’ for a Mission tournament scheduled Saturday, April 18.

This year the guaranteed cash payout has increased to $6,000, with first place paying $1,800. Other prizes include rods from Falcon and Skeeter, BassPro gift cards and more. In addition to the bass tournament, there will be a free fishing derby on April 18 for any child with a disability. There will be free food for all participants and spectators at the weigh-in beginning at 3 p.m.  

The entry fee is $110 per boat, with an increase to $125 after Saturday, April 11. Participants can register online at Late registration will be available during early check-in from 4-7 p.m. Friday, April 17, as well as 4:30 to 5:45 a.m. Saturday, April 18, at $125 per team.  

Amanda said again this year there will be early check-in and registration the night before the tournament at the state park tournament facility. “This allows anglers to not have to arrive so early on Saturday morning.”

Sponsors are still being sought for this year’s tournament. Those interested in donating or who would like an entry form mailed can email [email protected]. To register or for more information on the event, visit