In 2007, Lake Dardanelle hosted one of the last Majors the Bassmaster Legends tournament won by 2007 Classic champ Boyd Duckett. In 2009, it's back in the mix as an Elite Series stop. The 2007 event was much different than what the pros will see in 2009. First of all, that tournament was held in August while this one will be in the early spring. Weather permitting, weights will be way up from already impressive totals.
In the summer of 2007, top anglers had four-day catches of 60 pounds. But in the spring, you should be able to tack another 20 pounds to that number as the best in the business take on this 34,300-acre reservoir. A variety of prespawn patterns should be effective, from flipping and pitching or slow rolling a spinnerbait in the shallows to crawling a jig and pig or working a deep-diving crankbait in the depths.