Alabama Bass Trail’s North Division to Make Stop on Wheeler Lake June 13

The North Division of the Alabama Bass Trail Tournament Series will make its third stop for 2020 in Decatur next weekend, bringing with it 450 amateur anglers to fish the waters of Wheeler Lake where a guaranteed first-place prize of $10,000 is up for grabs.

Alabama Bass Trail

Hosted by Decatur Morgan County Tourism, the tournament is set for Saturday, June 13th.

Sanctioned by BASS (Bass Anglers Sportsman Society), the ABT Tournament Series contains two divisions, North and South, and each division is made up

A team awaits the final weight on their total catch. ABT photo

of five tournaments on five different lakes. The maximum number of boats for each tournament is 225. For the tournament on Wheeler Lake, registration is full at 225 two-angler teams, with anglers traveling from across the southeastern United States to compete.

Takeoff is set for approximately 5:15 a.m. or safe light and weigh-in begins at 2:30 p.m. at Ingalls Harbor, located at 802 Wilson Street NW in Decatur. Takeoff and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. Spectators are asked to bring their own portable chairs and to practice social distancing of six feet. Masks are encouraged but not required.

The tournament on Wheeler Lake offers an incredible payout with a $10,000 guaranteed first-place prize and will pay 40 places totaling over $47,000.

Payout Schedule:

First place                   $10,000

Second place               $ 5,000

Third place                  $ 4,000

Fourth place                $ 3,000

Fifth place                   $ 2,000

Sixth place                  $ 1,500

Seventh place              $ 1,100

Eighth place                $ 1,100

Ninth place                 $ 1,100

Tenth place                 $ 1,100

11th – 20th                  $    750 each

21st – 40th                  $    500 each

For more information on the Alabama Bass Trail and the tournament series, call Program Director Kay Donaldson at 855.934.7425 or visit

About Alabama Bass Trail

The Alabama Bass Trail is a program of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association. Its mission is to promote Alabama as a year-round fishing destination, to preserve natural resources for generations to come, and to educate high school and college-aged students to be good stewards of natural resources. The 13 bass fishing lakes consist of Lake Guntersville, Wheeler Lake, Pickwick Lake, Lewis Smith Lake, Neely Henry Lake, Weiss Lake, Lake Martin, Lay Lake, Logan Martin Lake, Lake Jordan, Alabama River, Lake Eufaula, and the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta. For more information, visit

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