Bass fishing tournament to be held in South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - Smallmouth bass from a lake in central South Dakota will take center stage next summer when an organization's series of national bass fishing tournaments hosts a competition in the state.

The Pierre Capital Journal reports that the tournament in Pierre will be held from June 29 to July 2 in 2018 and puts bass from Lake Oahe in the spotlight.

The Bass Anglers Sportsman's Society Elite Series is an invitation-only series of tournaments founded more than a decade ago as a way to allow more than 100 of the best bass anglers in the country to compete against each other.

Pierre and Fort Pierre tourism officials are preparing for the large turnout at the competitions. Officials say the tournament might be just what the area needs for national attention.