Launch Site Changed For Elite Series Tourney On Alabama River

High water on the Alabama River. photo by Eric Lopez/Bassmaster

If you noticed Elite Series pro Brandon Palaniuk’s photo, which we shared on the Facebook page, you saw how high the waters were on the Alabama River during the practice rounds for this week’s tourney – stop #5 of 8 for the Bassmaster Elite Series.

The river is 10-to-11 feet higher than normal. Daily launches were scheduled to take place at the historic Montgomery Riverfront on Coosa Street in Montgomery, Ala. But the takeoff point has been moved.

Tournament Director Tripp Weldon explains, “From a safety standpoint, we moved the take-off point to Cooter’s Pond in Prattville,” Weldon explained. “We appreciate the consolidated efforts of Mayor Todd Strange of Montgomery and Mayor Bill Gillespie of Prattville in helping us to make this possible.”

Weldon expects he’ll be busy as ever handling fish on the weigh in stage. “Fishing is definitely going to be good. It has been a very wet spring, and with the water being high, the fishing has been excellent. Our anglers are going to catch a lot of spotted bass.”

Be sure to catch the live weigh in on Thursday through Sunday.