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|McDonald's big bass tourney is Saturday|
The 16th annual Ouachita River Big Bass Tournament will get under way Saturday at 5:37 a.m.
The usual allotment of prizes and cash winnings will be available to the fishermen who can bring in the biggest bass.
Both the Ouachita River and the Red River will be open for fishing this year.
The Ouachita River is open from Mile Marker 0 in Louisiana to DeGray Dam in Arkansas.
The Red River is open for fishing from MIle Marker 35 to the I-220 bridge near Shreveport.
Weigh-in begins at 7 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at Lazarre Point Park in West Monroe.
The tournament benefits the Ronald McDonald House in Monroe.
Prizes include a 2007 Toyota regular cab truck, a Sizilo Eoger Qiad Rimmer 400 4 by 4 semi-auomatic ATV.
Third place receives $2,000 cash. Other prizes and rules and regulations can be found at the following places: The Honey Hole, Toledo Tackle, The Old Bait Store, Smurfit-Stone Container, The Ronald McDonald House and Bass, Bucks and Ducks.
Fishermen can begin fishing at 5:37 a.m. Saturday and 5:36 a.m. Sunday.
Other big events include a Jaycees Kids Program both days from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Demonstration rides will be available for the G3 Draw boat today and Friday.
The Felsenthal National Wildlife Reserve is off-limits to fishermen this year.
"It's not our fault the Felsenthal Reservoir is closed," said Ronald McDonald House Director Georgia Street. "They are closing it to every tournament this year."
Street said fishermen are mad about the closure and some are staying away from the tournament because of it.
The only way they could hold a tournament on Felsenthal is to hold a weigh-in on the site, and Street said they simply couldn't afford to have another weigh-in site.
This reserve is located along the Ouachita River in southern Arkansas.
Fishermen need to follow all boating and safety regulations in both Arkansas and Louisiana.
All contestants are subject to inspections by Coast Guard officials.