Bassmaster College Series Takes On Norfork Lake | Sports Destination Management

Bassmaster College Series Takes On Norfork Lake

Apr 22, 2022

Many teams will face unfamiliar waters when the country’s top college anglers travel to Norfork Lake in northeast Arkansas April 22-23 for the third stop of the 2022 Strike King Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, but Bassmaster Elite Series rookie Cody Huff of Ava, Mo., believes the tournament could be a bed fishing bonanza. 

“It will be a cool event,” Huff said. “There will be a lot of bass caught.”

This will be the first trip to Norfork Lake for the Bassmaster College Series and the first B.A.S.S. event there since the Bassmaster Elite Series visited the Arkansas reservoir in 2016, an event that was split between Norfork and Bull Shoals.

“It is a highland reservoir and has clear water unless we get a big flood, and then we’ll have some off-colored water,” Huff said. “It is a very healthy fishery.”

The fishery features largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass, but Huff said it will likely take all largemouth to contend.

Historically during the end of April, depending on the weather trends, Huff said bass are typically in the middle of the spawn and will be shallow around flooded bushes, ledge rock and around docks, although docks are not as common.

“There will no doubt be fish spawning,” he said. “It just depends on whether the majority of them have already come or if the majority of them are still coming on how it is won. But I would say it will be won by bed fishing or blind flipping. There will be guys that catch them on ledge rock as well.”

This time of the year, flipping soft-plastic baits like creature baits, Senkos, floating worms and flukes will all come into play, as well as a jig. Huff added that topwater baits like poppers could also catch fish during the event and, if the weather sets up right, spinnerbaits, ChatterBaits and big swimbaits like a Megabass Magdraft could excel. 

The Bassmaster College Series will compete April 22-23 with daily takeoffs from Norfork Lake Marina/Henderson Park at 6:10 a.m. CT. Weigh-ins will take place back at the marina at 3:10 p.m. Coverage can be found on

The 2022 Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School Series at Norfork Lake presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors event and the one-day Bassmaster Junior Series event will follow on April 24.

The tournaments are being hosted by the Norfork Lake Chamber of Commerce.

2022 Bassmaster College Series Title Sponsor: Strike King
2022 Bassmaster College Series Presenting Sponsor: Bass Pro Shops
2022 Bassmaster College Series Platinum Sponsor: Toyota
2022 Bassmaster College Series Premier Sponsors: Berkley, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Progressive Insurance, Ranger Boats, Rapala, Skeeter Boats, Yamaha
2022 Bassmaster College Series Supporting Sponsors: AFTCO, Daiwa, Garmin, Huk Performance Fishing, Marathon, Triton Boats, VMC
2022 Bassmaster College Series Youth Sponsors: Shimano, SPRO

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S., which encompasses the Bassmaster tournament leagues, events and media platforms, is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 515,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (, TV show, radio show, social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, St. Croix Bassmaster Opens Series presented by Mossy Oak Fishing, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Strike King Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Team Championship, Yamaha Rightwaters Bassmaster Kayak Series powered by TourneyX, Yamaha Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship presented by Skeeter and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

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