2013 Douglas Lake Tournament

Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series Event #1

Douglas Lake, Dandridge, Tenn.

March 25-30, 2013


New to the PAA, Douglas Lake, Dandridge, Tenn. will be the site of the first 2013 Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series event the week of March 25 – 30. Hosted by the Town of Dandridge and Jefferson County Tourism, competition days will be March 28 – 30. Also known as Douglas Reservoir, the lake was created by impounding the French Broad River in the early 1940s. With over 555 miles of shoreline, Douglas Lake offers a variety of structure and is quickly becoming known as a big bass impoundment within the angling world. A May 2012 B.A.S.S. Elite Series event saw Jeremy Starks of West Virginia win with a whopping 81.2 lbs. over the four (4) day event.

“We are very excited to start our 2013 Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series season off on Douglas Lake”, said PAA President Dave Mansue. “Jefferson County is a beautiful venue. The fishing has become outstanding in recent years and we look forward to some incredible weights being brought to the scales by our anglers.”

Adele Sensing, Director of Tourism, Jefferson County offered, “The Town of Dandridge is excited to be hosting the best professional tournament anglers on Douglas Lake. We have a community that is excited the PAA is coming to town and will be showing the anglers true Southern hospitality. We enjoy all the exposure that comes along with a large scale national event like this. This lets the rest of the world know we have great fishing on Douglas Lake.”



Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Dandridge, Tenn.
For more info visit: www.jefferson-tn-chamber.org or call (865) 397-9642



Tournament Headquarters:
Bass Pro Shops

Sevierville/Kodak, Tenn. store location
3629 Outdoor Sportsmans Place
Kodak, Tenn. 37764
Phone: (865) 932-5600


Regular Store Hours:
Mon. – Thurs.  9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. EDT
Fri. – Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. EDT
Sun. 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. EDT


Wednesday, March 27, 2013 Activities at Tournament Headquarters:
Angler Check-In • 3:30-5:30 p.m. EDT

Bass Pro Shops Meet and Greet and Seminars • 5:30-6:30 p.m. EDT
Pre-Tournament Meeting • 6:30 p.m. EDT


Tournament Launch Ramp:

The Point Marina
122 Boat Dock Drive
Dandridge, TN  37725
Note: Blast-Off will occur at The Point Marina. However, the preferred boat ramp for use is across the street from The Point.



March 28-29: 3:00 p.m. EDT at Point Marina, 122 Boat Dock Drive, Dandridge. Tenn.
March 30: 4:30 p.m. EDT at Bass Pro Shops, 3629 Outdoor Sportsmans Place, Kodak (Sevierville), Tenn. 


View Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series Event #1 Douglas Lake, Dandridge, Tenn. in a larger map


Recommended Lodging:

Quality Inn
Host Hotel
620 Green Valley Drive
Dandridge, TN 37725
(865) 397-4310
Mention Code: PAA and Receive a Nightly Rate of $59.99



Lake Front Suites
Located On-Site of Days 1 & 2 Weigh-Ins
The Point Resort
122 Boat Dock Drive
Dandridge, TN  37725
(865) 484-0484


Located On-Site of Days 1 & 2 Weigh-Ins
The Point Resort
122 Boat Dock Drive
Dandridge, TN  37725
(865) 484-0484



Cabin Rentals
Ask to Rent Lake Cabins on the Dandridge side of the Lake for Easy Access to the Launch Site



Click the link below to see all lodging options in Jefferson County:


License requirements:
A valid Tennessee fishing license will be required for this event and can be obtained at: www.tennessee.gov/twra/fishlicense.html


Additional fishing information:
Creel surveys, lake data, and additional information can be obtained at: www.tva.gov/river/lakeinfo/index.htm


Local Weather Quick Link:


Additional community information:
Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Jefferson County is rich in natural beauty and steeped in cultural heritage. Recreation opportunities are abundant here, as two of Tennessee’s largest lakes weave ever so gracefully through the land.

Old-fashioned Southern hospitality can be found everywhere in Jefferson County, on the streets of historic Dandridge, in restaurants and shops, at the marinas and museums. The Appalachian spirit is ever present. Visitors can experience it through the many cultural heritage trails.

Jefferson County’s Chestnut Hill community is home to Bush’s Best Baked Beans Factory. Family owned and operated, Bush Beans is the nation’s leading producer and marketer of baked beans. Carson-Newman College is another proud resident of Jefferson County. Founded in 1851,Carson-Newman is a private, four-year Christian liberal arts college.

From the pristine waters to the breathtaking views of the Great Smoky Mountains, this area’s natural resources are perfect for the discerning traveler who desires an authentic cultural experience.

For more information on attractions and activities, visit jeffersoncountyvacation.com.