Although two days of rain and lightning delays put the tournament behind schedule, a full Saturday of storm-free weather at Hardscrabble Country Club nearly brought the event up to speed. Only six players were unable to complete the third round, but will do so when play resumes Sunday morning at 8:15 a.m. (et).
The fourth and final round is scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.
Fischer, one of three players to share the lead at eight-under 132 when the suspended second round was completed Saturday, collected seven birdies and three bogeys through 16 holes of round three.
When he returns Sunday, the 32-year-old California resident will have a three- stroke advantage over Monday qualifier Craig Spence, who also had two holes to finish, and Grover Justice, who was in the clubhouse at nine-under-par 201.
Marco Dawson and Vic Wilk each posted three-under 67s and were four shots off the pace at eight-under 202.
Fischer, currently 16th on the Buy.com Tour's season money list, is seeking his first victory. He matched his career-best result when he finished runner- up at the BMW Charity Pro-Am back in April.
'What's draining is that every day you're up early and there's no sleeping in,' Fischer said of the changes in the schedule brought about by the numerous weather delays. 'Each day it's getting harder and harder to wake up. We can't control any of that and unfortunately we didn't get to finish and so I'll be up early again.'
Justice, who seized the first-round lead with a six-under-par 64, backed up with a one-over 71 over his second set of 18 holes. He jumped back into contention with a third-round 66 that featured three birdies and an eagle over the first six holes.
Full field scores from the Fort Smith Classic