2012 Queen Memorial winners Kurt Palmer and Rob Degner pose with their winning fish.
2012 Queen Memorial winners Kurt Palmer and Rob Degner pose with their winning fish. (Photo courtesy of Stephen Gill)

The 26th Annual E.H. Queen Memorial Bass Tournament will kick off this Saturday at Navajo Lake and continue into Sunday.

The competition, which is hosted by Four Corners Bassmasters, will help benefit youth baseball and softball teams in the area.

“To many local fisherman, the Queen tournament represents an event that cannot be misses, either out of respect for Tex Queen, or because of the camaraderie that is always part of the tournament,” said local angler Stephen Gill. “The weather forecast for this weekend looks promising with highs in the 70s. Recent fishing reports from Navajo Lake are showing plenty of bass action, so the anglers in this year's Queen Memorial will likely bring heavy limits to the scales.”

Sun Country Bass is also holding a regular season points tournament in conjunction with the Queen Memorial. Registration for both the Queen Memorial and the Sun Country is $175, plus the $20 optional big bass pot.

Registration will be held at The Sportsmans Grill from 5 to 7 p.m. on May 17. Entry for the Queen Memorial is $60 plus an optional $20 big bass pot.

The funds raised will go toward San Juan County youth baseball and softball teams.

“Queen had a passion for bass fishing and a passion for youth living in the Four Corners,” Gill said. “He believed that baseball was the best way to teach youngsters important life skills as well as give them something positive and healthy to do. He believed so strongly in the benefits of little league baseball that he convinced his fellow fishermen in the Four Corners Bassmasters to sponsor a team. He even donated $250 toward the sponsorship.”

For more information, call tournament director Billy Dunson at 505-320-1093.