Bassmaster tourney great way to showcase Jasper, Walker County
by Ron Harris
Mar 07, 2014 | 569 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Ron Harris
Ron Harris
While waiting on Thursday’s weigh-in after the first day of the Bassmaster Southern Open on Smith Lake, I overheard a conversation among five people who were obviously from outside Walker County.

Unlike most from outside the county who take every opportunity they can to bash Walker County, this group of men and women were talking about how well the bass tournament was being handled. They spent the better part of 15 minutes raving about how the people of Jasper and Walker County have gone above and beyond to make the tournament a success.

“I’ve been all over the country at fishing tournaments, and I’ve never seen one ran this well,” one gentleman told the others.

That comment made me smile, and it made me thankful for the people of Jasper and Walker County who have worked so hard to make sure that the more than 300 pro and amateur anglers — not to mention their families and the folks running the tournament — are treated well while visiting the area.

Linda Lewis, president of the Chamber of Commerce of Walker County, is perhaps the driving force behind the success of the tournament. Her hard work, as well as that of the numerous volunteers helping this week, is surely giving people visiting from all over the country a great impression of Walker County.

It also doesn’t hurt that the tournament is expected to bring in more than $1 million to area hotels, restaurants, gas stations and other assorted businesses.

That alone is a good reason for us to put our best foot forward this week to make sure that our visitors are treated well and will want to come back one day.

Ron Harris is the managing editor of the Daily Mountain Eagle. He can be reached at (205) 221-2840 or by email at