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Sevierville announces winners of sixth annual Smallmouth King Bass Tournament
June 7, 2024, 3:28 p.m.

SEVIERVILLE, TN – Seventy-four anglers competed in this year’s Smallmouth King Bass Tournament, catching 306 tournament-qualifying fish during the two-day event.

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1st Place winner Chase Effler; Image Submitted

2nd Place winner Matt Maples; Image Submitted

Because the tournament is a catch-photograph-release event, points are determined by the total length of smallmouth bass (over 12 inches) caught during the tournament. Chase Effler took first place this year, winning the event for the second year in a row. This year his catch measured 284.5 inches in total length earning him a trophy and a check for $1,000. Matt Maples claimed second place with catches measuring 277.25 inches in total length. Ryan Buckler took third place with smallmouth catches measuring a total of 277 inches in length. Kyle Grosvenor caught the biggest fish on Saturday at 21 inches, while Matt Maples reeled in the biggest catch for Sunday landing a smallmouth that was 20.25 inches long.

The fourth through tenth place winners and the total length of their catch were as follows: fourth place – Derek Campbell (276.25”), fifth place – Raymond Fortenberry (252.5”), sixth place – Josh Roberts (213.50”), seventh place – Jason Shannon (201.25”), eighth place – Joshua Harris (182.75”), ninth place – Andrew Wilson (153.75”), and tenth place – Paul Mitchell McCown (147.25”).

Sevierville’s portions of the Little Pigeon River and its tributaries were the site of this two-day event, which allowed competitors from states including Tennessee, North Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia, Missouri, and Michigan, to fish from shore, by wading, or from a kayak.

“We had over 70 participants this year which is the largest the field yet,” says Sevierville Chamber of Commerce Director of Sales and Advertising Tony Funderburg. “We’re excited about the continued growth of the tournament and the opportunity to share how great the smallmouth bass fishing is in Sevierville.”

Tournament organizer Greg Ward cited this year’s Smallmouth King Bass Tournament as the best yet for numbers of anglers and total length of fish caught. He adds, “While judging fish, I was amazed at how healthy these post-spawn smallies, which are typically chunky, football-shaped fish, were. Our wet spring has kept a great volume of water in our rivers and provided abundant food sources for our fishery. Once again, this weekend’s fishing has proven what I’ve said for years: the Little Pigeon River and its tributaries in Sevierville, Tennessee are some of the best river smallmouth fishing in the entire country.”

“This tournament has grown every year,” says Sevierville Chamber of Commerce CEO Brenda McCroskey. “This year, anglers from eight different states experienced the world-class smallmouth bass fishing available in Sevierville. We believe there’s no better way to promote our blueways than by welcoming anglers to discover Sevierville through great events like Smallmouth King Bass Tournament.”

Learn more about next year’s tournament online at

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