B.A.S.S., Alabama Power, Union Sportsmen’s Alliance & the Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources host dedication ceremony for new pavilion at Smith Lake

Lewis Smith Lake (B.A.S.S. Communications)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Participation in angling has hit new highs in the past year, and a new public use pavilion built by skilled volunteers from the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance as part of an Alabama Power and B.A.S.S. conservation partnership is offering a much-needed place for organizations to hold their weigh-ins, from local bass clubs to the largest tournaments. Join B.A.S.S., Alabama Power, Union Sportsmen’s Alliance and ADCNR along with dignitaries from across the state on the shores of beautiful Lewis Smith Lake for a ceremony dedicating this new pavilion just minutes before it hosts young anglers from across the state at the exciting weigh-in for an Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation High School tournament.

WHAT: Dedication ceremony for new public pavilion at Lewis Smith Lake

WHEN: Saturday, May 8, 2021, 2:15 p.m.; Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation High School – Tide Division weigh-in to follow


B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin

Alabama Power Company Governmental & Corporate Affairs Manager Freddy Padilla

Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources Commissioner Chris Blankenship

Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources Deputy Commissioner Edward Poolos

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance Conservation Coordinator Cody Campbell

Business Manager IBEW System Council U-19 Casey Shelton

Jasper Mayor David O’Mary

Walker County Commission Chair Steve Miller

Walker County Commissioner Keith Davis

WHERE: Lewis Smith Lake Dam Public Ramp, 7482 Smith Lake Dam Rd., Jasper, AL 35501

MEDIA CONTACT: For inquires please contact Emily Harley, B.A.S.S. Communications Manager, eharley@bassmaster.com or 205-253-1114. 

About the Union Sportsmen’s Alliance

The Union Sportsmen’s Alliance is a union-dedicated, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. Through its Work Boots on the Ground (WBG) conservation program, the USA unites union volunteers to complete conservation, public access, education, youth outreach and adult mentorship projects that would otherwise go undone. Launched in 2010, the program has completed 230 projects in 31 states. The value of volunteer labor donated through WBG exceeds $1.5 million, while outreach events have engaged nearly 13,000 participants, including more than 6,000 in 2019 alone.

About Alabama Power Company

Alabama Power, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), provides affordable, reliable electricity to more than 1.4 million customers across the state. Learn more at www.alabamapower.com.

About B.A.S.S.

B.A.S.S., which encompasses the Bassmaster tournament leagues, events and media platforms, is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 515,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), TV show, radio show, social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing. The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series, Basspro.com Bassmaster Opens Series, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bassmaster Team Championship, Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series powered by TourneyX and the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.