ACCE Bass Fishing Tournament Fundraiser on tap Saturday

ACCE BassNew River Community College Educational Foundation is hosting the 2022 Big ACCE Bass Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 15 to support Access to Community College Education (ACCE) at NRCC for Pulaski County students.

The fishing tournament will be held at Claytor Lake State Park with launch at 7:30 a.m. or first safe light.  Registrants must check in at the state park boat launch site the morning of the tournament, prior to the start. Weigh-in will be held at 3 p.m.

Tournament registration fee is $100, with a 70 percent payback. Participants will be judged based on the weight of five total fish (including small, large, and spotted bass). An additional prize of $500 will also be awarded for the biggest largemouth and smallmouth bass.

Onsite registration will begin at 6 a.m. on the tournament day, and online registration is available now through Oct. 13 at Paper registration forms are also available at Conrad Brothers Marine through October 14.

Please note that parking at Claytor Lake State Park requires a $7 parking fee and $2 boat launch fee.

Sponsors for the 2022 tournament include Conrad Brothers Marine, Claytor Lake State Park, and Edward Jones Investments, Andy Owens.

All proceeds from the event support student tuition at NRCC through the ACCE program.  For more information about the tournament, contact the NRCC Educational Foundation at (540)674-3600, ext. 4516 or email Erika Tolbert

ACCE is an economic development public/private partnership that makes college available debt-free to high school and home-schooled graduates by funding NRCC tuition for two years. ACCE will support the youth of participating counties by making college within reach. With the support of ACCE, students will graduate from NRCC prepared to join the workforce or transfer to a four-year university without college debt. ACCE supports as many students as possible based on student need and funds available for the program. For more information about ACCE at NRCC, visit