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Posted on: November 27, 2023

Smith Mountain Lake to Host 2024 KingKat Signature Series Tournament

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Smith Mountain Lake - Visit Franklin County  and Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge  are excited to announce Smith Mountain Lake as a host site for the KingKat Signature Series Tournament Trail in October 2024.

"This is an amazing opportunity to showcase Smith Mountain Lake as one of the country's premiere fishing destinations," said Franklin County Tourism Director Kevin Tosh. "The lake is well known for its bass and striper fishing, but we believe that this partnership with King Kat will showcase the catfishing opportunities available at Smith Mountain Lake and expose a new group of anglers to the Jewel of the Blue Ridge."

Along with the two-day signature series tournament, there will be a King Kids Fishing event for local youth and a nationally televised recap of the tournament on the Pursuit Channel.

KingKat is excited to announce a new location and waterway for the 2024 season. We are coming to Smith Mountain Lake in Franklin County, Virginia on October 11th & 12th, 2024. This event will be open to the public and will also be a Signature Series event where the top anglers in the country compete for Signature Series points. We will also be awarding prizes for big fish and second big fish for this two-day event. 

As a trail, KingKat wants to educate, entertain and promote conservation. We strive to educate novice anglers on how to better chase and catch catfish. We want entertain families and avid anglers with tournaments and content that are engaging and exciting, all while promoting the cities we visit and conserving the waterways that provide homes to all this wonderful wildlife. Smith Mountain Lake is home to some amazing fishing and incredible historical sites that are world class. KingKat is excited about adding to this region’s long history of outdoor excellence and our partnership with Franklin County has been instrumental in making this new city location happen for this upcoming 2024 schedule. For more information, please visit or call 330-506-8077. It’s a new day at KingKat, the best is yet to come and we’re just getting started. We cannot wait to see you on the water!

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