High school, junior championship brings big money to Carroll County

Fishing tournament brings $300,000 to Carroll County

As our 31st President Herbert Hoover said, “Fishing is much more than fish” — and Carroll County can attest to that. Now, Hoover was talking about simplicity, but the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce is referring to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

In recently released figures related to the economic impact of the 5th annual Mossy Oak High School and Junior National Fishing Championship, the Chamber report revealed the tournament’s economic impact to Carroll County was approximately $300,000.

“During the course of the tournament, we had 147 hotel room stays in Carroll County,” Brad Hurley, president of the Carroll County Chamber, said in a press release from the Chamber. “We had 54 teams from 34 different states and Canada fishing the Carroll County Thousand Acre Recreational Lake.” Each team is comprised of two anglers and one boat captain.

The High School and Junior High National Championship began on July 30 with more than 1,500 fishermen, parents and coaches coming to Bethel University in McKenzie for registration, rule briefing and banquet.

“Bethel University was excited to have 1,500 visitors on our campus for the registration and banquet; it was a great opportunity to showcase our great University,” Dale Kelley, Athletic Director for Bethel University, said in the release. “The Bethel Bass team is the top collegiate bass-fishing team in the United States this year.”

The Junior Tournament started fishing on Tuesday with the final weigh-in on Wednesday. The High School Tournament began on Thursday at Kentucky Lake with the final weigh-in on Saturday in Paris.

“The Carroll County Chamber is pleased to be a part of this tourism initiative that brings visitors and dollars to Carroll County,” Hurley said in the release. “The impact was felt at convenience stores, hotels, restaurants, etc. This tournament truly creates a positive economic impact all across the county.”…Read More