Tourism board discusses possible fishing tourney; collects transient tax

The Lake Cumberland Tourist Commission briefly discussed the possibility of a large-scale high school bass fishing tournament on Lake Cumberland in March of next year during their monthly meeting Wednesday.

The event, which would be based at Halcomb’s Landing above Wolf Creek Dam, could possibly bring in 400 kids on 200 boats plus parents and siblings and could be a boost for the local economy, according to Tourism Director Danielle Wilson. Talks will continue with the Student Angler Federation and an official announcement could be forthcoming.

This move is on the heels of the Bassmaster organization pulling out as host of a tournament this fall due to not being able to get fish size exemptions to their liking from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The tourist commission also collected $12,216.36 in transient tax during May of this year, the last month of data available. That number is up from the previous month by nearly $600. So far this year, the commission has collected just over $136,000 in transient taxes.