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2017 Bassmaster Elite at Cherokee Lake

The Elite Series 2017 kicks off earlier this year at Cherokee Lake!

2017 A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Lake Okeechobee

The Bassmaster Elite Series 2017 keeps the momentum going with an early season stop in Florida.

2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic

The biggest event of the Elite Series season arrives!

2017 Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend presented by Econo Lodge

After the Classic, the Bassmaster Elite Series kicks back into gear.

2017 Bassmaster Elite at Ross Barnett

The Bassmaster Elite Series rolls on towards May, stopping in Mississippi.

2017 Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest for Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept

Summer is fast approaching as the Elite Series Pros head out West to Texas.

2017 GoPro Bassmaster Elite at Dardanelle

Arkansas is home to the Elite Series this June 2017 weekend!

2017 HUK Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence

The well stocked St. Lawrence River welcomes the Elite Series to town in the heat of summer.

2017 Bassmaster Elite Series at Champlain
  • July 27, 2017
  • Lake Champlain, Plattsburgh, New York
2017 Advance Auto Parts Bassmaster Elite at St. Clair
  • August 24, 2017
  • Lake St. Clair, Macomb Co., Michigan
2017 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship

The Bassmaster Elite Series champion, decided here!

2017 Bassmaste Classic Bracket

Unique tournament head-to-head style ends the 2017 Elite Series!

2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro

March 4-6, 2016 Tulsa, Oklahoma

GRAND LAKE O' THE CHEROKEES

Wolf Creek Park (map)
963 N. 16th Street
Grove OK 74344

2016 Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River presented by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels

The Elite Series 2016 kicks off on the St. Johns River!

2016 Huk Performance Fishing Bassmaster Elite at Winyah Bay presented by GoRVing

The Elite Series season kicks into high gear in South Carolina!

2016 Bassmaster Elite at Bull Shoals/Norfork

The Elite Series 2016 starts off spring with a bang.

2016 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Elite at Wheeler Lake

The Elite Series heads to Alabama for the last weekend of April, 2016.

2016 A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend

The Elite Series heats up on one of the best bass fisheries in the world at Toledo Bend, 2016!

2016 GEICO Bassmaster BASSfest presented by Choctaw Casino Resort

Bassfest kicks off the summer season for the Elite Series!

2016 Busch Beer Bassmaster Elite at Cayuga Lake

The Elite series heats up heading to July as KVD looks to keep his hot streak going in 2016.

2016 Bassmaster Classic Bracket

You've probably heard the words "Bassmaster Classic Bracket tournament" mentioned several times this week. What is it exactly?

It's a brand new idea. The Top 8 finishers (listed below) at the Busch Beer Bassmaster Elite at Cayuga Lake will go head-to-head in a bracket format tournament on the Niagara River out of Buffalo, N.Y., July 19-22. The tournament will have $50,000 in prize money, and the winner is guaranteed a spot in the "Super Bowl of Bass Fishing," the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic.

The Classic Bracket will be streamed live on Bassmaster.com and will feature — for the first time ever in Bassmaster competition — catch-weigh-release scoring. That is, competitors will have their catches weighed instantly on the water by judges, and the bass will be released back into the water at the spots where they were caught. Only the heaviest five bass per angler will be counted. Fans will be able to keep up with the weights via BASSTrakk on Bassmaster.com.

Here are the top eight from Cayuga who will fish in the Classic Bracket:

Kevin VanDam
Jordan Lee
Brett Hite
Jacob Powroznik
Koby Kreiger
Keith Combs
Dean Rojas
Drew Benton 

2016 Bassmaster Elite at Potomac River presented by Econo Lodge

The Elite Series rolls on in August, 2016 through the heat of summer!

2016 Plano Bassmaster Elite at the Mississippi River presented by Favorite Fishing

The final regular season event of the Bassmaster Elite Series 2016 tournament schedule takes shape on the mighty Mississippi!

2016 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship

The Bassmaster Elite Series 2016 wraps up in exciting fashion in Minnesota!

2015 Bassmaster Classic

The 2015 Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo will take place Feb 20-22, 2015, at the TD Convention Center. Please watch this page for updates regarding dates, expo booth reservations and general information.

2015 Bassmaster Elite at Sabine River Presented by STARK Cultural Venues

The Elite Series 2015 kicks off with a tournament on the Sabine River!

2015 Diet Mtn Dew Bassmaster Elite at Lake Guntersville

From the Sabine, the best bass anglers in the world head east to Alabama and Lake Guntersville, April 9-12, the site of 22 previous professional tournaments, including four Elite events and the 2014 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by Diet Mountain Dew and GoPro, won by Randy Howell. It took more than 100 pounds to win each of the last two Elites here, and weights should be high again next spring.

“Lake Guntersville is a perennial bass fishing powerhouse,” said Bassmaster Magazine Editor James Hall. “It has never ranked below fifth on the annual rankings of Bassmaster's 100 Best Bass Lakes list.”

2015 Sacramento Bassmaster Elite at Sacramento River

The 2015 Bassmaster Elite Series will feature a pair of tournaments in the Western United States, and it will be the first time since 2010 that the Elites have traveled so far west.

2015 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Havasu presented by Dick Cepek Tires & Wheels

The 2015 Elite Series pros keep rolling through Lake Havasu in May.

2015 Zippo BASSfest at Kentucky Lake presented by A.R.E. Truck Caps

The summer season kicks off with a flurry and BASSfest 2015 presented by Zippo. 

2015 Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite at St. Lawrence River

Take Off information:

St. Lawrence River (MAP)

Whittaker Park Boat Launch 

State Road 37/Pine Street

Waddington, NY 13694

 

 

Weight In Information:

Whittaker Park  (MAP)

State Road 37/Pine Street

Waddington, NY 13694

2015 Huk Performance Fishing Bassmaster Elite at Chesapeake Bay

The Elite Series 2015 moves to Maryland in August, 2015.

2015 Plano Bassmaster Elite at Lake St. Clair

The 2015 Elite Series schedule wraps up in Detroit, Michigan.

2015 Toyota Angler of the Year Championship

The top 50 anglers at the end of the year battle it out in the final standings, where the Angler of the Year will be crowned!

2014 Bassmaster Classic

The Bassmaster Classic will be returning to Birmingham, Ala., for the 8th time.

The Expo and weigh-in will take place at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in downtown Birmingham (BJCC). The facilities at the BJCC are adjacent to each other which allows for minimal walking between the weigh-in and expo.

In addition to the Classic events, exhibitors and attendees can enjoy the new Birmingham Entertainment District located across the street from the BJCC.  The Birmingham Entertainment District  is a mixed use complex that features new shopping, lodging and dining options.

Anglers in the tournament will be fishing on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Ala.

 
2014 Dick Cepek Tires Bassmaster Elite at Lake Seminole presented by Hardee's

"Starting the year in Florida is always tricky. These are shallow water tournaments and often provide a good springboard for the guys who hail from that region. Bass just act differently in Florida lakes, so it’s critical to be dialed in right off the bat with two events slated there.

Florida was tough for me in my early years. I did OK, but was never a threat to win until I learned to adapt my style of fishing to the nuances of Florida lakes. After that, I’ve won there and made quite a few top 12s."

-- Kevin VanDam

2014 Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns River

Terry “Big Show” Scroggins will surely be among the favorites when the Bassmaster Elite Series pros compete on the storied St. Johns River in late March 2014. Scroggins has lived in Palatka, Fla., the host city, for the last 36 of his 45 years on planet Earth.

Three decades of fishing the St. Johns gives Scroggins a distinct edge. He was a dominant angler in local tournaments here before embarking on his professional bass career.

The previous two Elite Series tournaments on the St. Johns were won by Alton Jones and Edwin Evers. Both anglers sight fished for spawning bass to sack their winning catches.

2014 A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Table Rock Lake

The Bassmaster Elite Series pros should have little trouble catching limits of bass when they venture to Table Rock Lake in early April. It took less than 27 pounds to make the Top 12 cut when Todd Faircloth won an Elite tournament here in 2006, but Table Rock has come around in a big way.

This scenic 43,100-acre Ozark Mountain reservoir supports strong populations of largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. The largemouth succumbed to a virus in 1999 that drastically depleted their numbers, points out Michael Allen, a fisheries biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation.

“The largemouth fishing is getting better,” Allen says. “We’re seeing more and bigger largemouth bass in our sampling.”

High lake levels over the past several years have boosted the largemouth recovery, Allen adds. Flooded bushes and terrestrial vegetation have made for ideal largemouth spawning habitat. The cover also ensures high survival rates for the bass fry.

2014 Evan Williams Bourbon Bassmaster Elite at Toledo Bend

Toledo Bend was birthed in the late 1960s, as was the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.). This massive 185,000-acre reservoir, which straddles the Texas-Louisiana border, was part of the fishing tsunami that made professional bass tournaments a reality.

The largest lake in the South and the fifth largest in the United States, Toledo Bend was initially a flooded forest. Largemouth bass thrived in this new environment and fishermen flocked to Toledo Bend from across the country to get in on the bonanza.

The reservoir was a proving ground for many future bass pros, including Bassmaster Classic champions Tommy Martin and Harold Allen. Four time Bassmaster Classic champion Rick Clunn competed in his very first tournament ever at Toledo Bend in 1969 as a member of a bass club in Pasadena, Texas.

2014 Bassmaster Elite at Lake Dardanelle

Limit catches should be the norm when the Bassmaster Elite Series pros venture to Lake Dardanelle, Ark., in mid May. Frank Leone, a fisheries management biologist for Arkansas Game and Fish, claims that 2013 was the best year for bass fishing here since 2007.

“It will be good in 2014, too,” Leone says.

The bass in Lake Dardanelle, a 34,300-acre run-of-river reservoir, were negatively impacted by three consecutive high water years from 2007 through 2009.

“We finally had some average to low water in 2011 and 2012 and the bass population bounced right back,” Leone says.

2014 Bassmaster BASSfest at Chickamauga Lake

The Bassmaster Elite Series will celebrate bass fishing in a big way when BASSfest comes to Dayton, Tenn., June 11-15. This event combines a tournament with a festival that is sure to attract throngs of bass fans from across the country.

“Other than the Bassmaster Classic, this could be the biggest tournament there has ever been,” said B.A.S.S. co-owner Jerry McKinnis. “It is truly a festival around our sport.”

2014 Bassmaster Elite at Delaware River

Many Elite Series pros balked when they learned that the Delaware River was on the slate for August 7-10, 2014. The Delaware has long been highly industrialized, which is also true of the Ohio River.

Will the Delaware be as stingy as the Ohio River was during the 2005 Bassmaster Classic at Pittsburgh, Pa.?

“The Delaware River is going to surprise a lot of people,” Elite Series pro Michael Iaconelli says. “It’s a fantastic fishery.”

The Bassmaster Elite Series pros are no strangers to tidal rivers, but few of them have faced the dramatic tidal fluctuations that await them at the Delaware River. One of the few is New Jerseyan Iaconelli who has fished the Delaware for over 30 years.

“The average tidal swing on the Delaware River is 7 feet,” Iaconelli says. “The pros that tune into it will cull through 15 to 25 or more bass a day.”

2014 A.R.E. Truck Caps Bassmaster Elite at Cayuga Lake

Bassmaster Elite Series pros that did not compete in the 2012 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open at New York’s Cayuga Lake, the only B.A.S.S. event ever held there, may be in for a surprise. Cayuga is nothing like nearby Oneida Lake, which the Elite pros have visited several times.

Both lakes support largemouth and smallmouth bass, but the similarity ends there. Cayuga does not have the copious offshore humps, flats, points and dropoffs that produce limits of smallmouth bass at Oneida.

A narrow, glacial Finger Lake, Cayuga stretches nearly 40 miles north from Ithaca, N.Y. About 6,000 acres of the lake’s north end is shallow and weedy. There is a smaller area of shallow grass on the south end.

Between these extremes, a narrow fringe of mostly submerged grass runs along the shoreline out to a depth of 15 feet or so. Short, hard-bottom points extend from the grass in some places to 25 to 30 feet before plunging into the abyss that comprises most of the lake’s bottom.

Cayuga’s average depth is 179 feet with a maximum depth of 433 feet. This vast, deep water region supports a popular coldwater trout and salmon fishery. Each year Cayuga is stocked with approximately 60,000 lake trout, 25,000 brown trout and 40,000 landlocked salmon.

2013 Bassmaster Classic

The biggest event of the year kicks off the B.A.S.S. 2013 season! The 2013 Bassmaster Classic will be held at Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in the Tulsa metro region of Oklahoma. 

2013 Elite Series Sabine River Challenge Presented by STARK Cultural Venues

B.A.S.S. LLC announced today that STARK Cultural Venues of Orange, Texas, will serve as the title sponsor for the season opener of the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series, the premier circuit of professional bass fishing.

The Elite Series event — the Sabine River Challenge Presented by STARK Cultural Venues — will take place March 14-17 on the Sabine River system out of the city of Orange.

2013 Elite Series Rigid Industries Falcon Slam

The second Elite series event of the season.

2013 Elite Series Ramada Quest

Don't expect much different fishing-wise at this year's Ramada Quest at Bull Shoals vs. last year's. The event is being held at just about the exact same time; and even allowing for a little variability in weather, BassGold shows that fish in April are caught similar ways year after year, no matter what the weather.

2013 Elite Series West Point Lake Battle

The Elite Series heads to Georgia for its 5th stop of the tournament season.

2013 Elite Series Alabama River Charge presented by Star brite

The last time the Bassmaster Elite Series anglers visited here, Gerald Swindle targeted, in his words, the "poop pipe" to find any trace of current in the Alabama River.

That was during a hot August 2011 finals of the All-Star Event, when a water treatment facility outlet provided some periodic flow in the river.

Finding rapidly flowing water isn't going to be a problem this week at the Alabama River Charge presented by Star brite. There is so much water moving through the Alabama River, the take-off site for the four-day event has been moved from downtown Montgomery to Cooters Pond in Prattville.

As far as bass fishing is concerned, that's a good thing.

2013 Elite Series Diet Mountain Dew Mississippi River Rumble presented by Power-Pole

The Rumble’s first prize is $100,000 plus an instant qualification for the 2014 Bassmaster Classic. All Elite pros are earning points that count toward securing a Classic berth and a qualification for Toyota All-Star Week, the postseason event in September.

Points also count toward the Elite season’s biggest prize, the 2013 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year title.

2013 Elite Series Evan Williams Bourbon Showdown at St. Lawrence River

The second to last Elite Series tournament of the 2013 season.

2013 Elite Series Plano Championship Chase

The Elite series wraps up with a chase for the Angler of the Year title on Lake St. Clair in Detroit, MI.

2013 Elite Series Toyota All-Star Week and Evan Williams Bourbon Championship

The 2013 season concludes with a celebration of the top anglers, and fan favorites.

2012 Bassmaster Classic

Bassmaster Classic 2012 blends the new with the familiar. One “first” will be an entry by the reigning Mercury College B.A.S.S. champion, an honor claimed by Texan Andrew Upshaw; he is one of 12 Classic rookies. Longtime Classic veterans include defending champ and four-time winner Kevin VanDam, who will compete in his 22nd consecutive Classic. Denny Brauer, the 1998 Classic winner, will make his 21st Classic appearance.

All qualifiers arrived via one of five avenues, but the majority of the field stemmed from the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Series. Six others traveled the long road of the B.A.S.S. Federation Nation. Four emerged from the 2011 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open divisions. Mercury College B.A.S.S. and the 2011 Weekend Series each produced one qualifier.

2012 Elite Series St. Johns River Showdown

B.A.S.S. has held 17 professional level events on the St. Johns, most recently the 2011 Elite Citrus Slam won by Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla., with 77 pounds, 1 ounce. On a historical note, at the 1973 Florida Invitational on the St. Johns, Bob Tyndal caught a 12-pound, 13-ounce largemouth that stood as the biggest in B.A.S.S. history for 24 years.

2012 Elite Series Power-Pole Slam

B.A.S.S. has held 19 professional events on Okeechobee. The most recent was a 2010 Bassmaster Southern Open won by Elite angler Chris Lane of Guntersville, Ala., with a three-day total of 41-2. The 2012 tournament will be the first Elite Series event here. Okeechobee is a popular venue with the Elite anglers. Rick Clunn, Paul Elias, Tim Horton, Gary Klein, Chris Lane, Terry Scroggins and Byron Velvick have all won here.

2012 Elite Series TroKar Quest

B.A.S.S. has held six previous events on Bull Shoals, but none (other than a 2006 WBT tournament) since 1991. Despite the small number, Bull Shoals has a big place in B.A.S.S. history. Dee Thomas, the inventor of flippin’, introduced the world to his technique by winning the 1975 Arkansas Invitational here. With the victory — and a subsequent series of features in Bassmaster Magazine — flippin’ became the hottest technique on the Tournament Trail. It still is, really, and Bull Shoals is where the story broke.

2012 Elite Series Douglas Lake Challenge

B.A.S.S. has a short history on Douglas Lake, but it’s an interesting one. In 2001, Rick Clunn picked up the 13th of his 14 B.A.S.S. wins here at a MegaBucks tournament. In 2011, Bobby Ferguson won a Southern Open on Douglas in the first B.A.S.S. event he ever fished!

2012 Elite Series Toledo Bend Battle

Toledo Bend has been a very popular stop on the Bassmaster Tournament Trail over the years. Thirteen professional events have been held here, including the 2011 Elite Battle on the Bayou won by Arizona’s Dean Rojas with 70-15. In 1981, Roland Martin sandwiched wins at Lake Okeechobee (Fla.) and Lake Eufaula (Ala.-Ga.) around a win at Toledo Bend to become the first angler in history to win three B.A.S.S. events in a row.

2012 Elite Series Mississippi River Rumble

First prize in the Rumble is $100,000 and a berth in the 2013 Bassmaster Classic. The pros also will be out to earn points, which count toward a postseason entry and qualification for the 2013 Classic.

2012 Elite Series Green Bay Challenge

It’s been a while since B.A.S.S. had a tournament at a “mystery lake” — especially one of such potential magnitude. The first six Bassmaster Classics were held at mystery sites — qualifiers didn’t know of the location until they boarded a plane and were in the air — but that all ended in 1976. Since then, the mystery lake events have been rare ... until now. What makes this one special is the impact it’s going to have on the Toyota Tundra Bassmaster Angler of the Year race. Since this will be the penultimate tournament of the year, the race will be down to just a few contenders, and since none will know of the destination until just before the practice period, finding bass quickly and figuring out how best to catch them right away is going to be paramount. The 2012 AOY race will be given a trial by fire.

2012 Elite Series Ramada Championship

Frequently referred to as “the thumb” due to its proximity to the New York’s famed “Finger Lakes,” Oneida has been a very popular B.A.S.S. stop in the last decade. In fact, B.A.S.S. has been here seven times since 2003, including three Elite tournaments. They were won by Tommy Biffle (2006), Dean Rojas (2008) and Chad Griffin (2009). Weights have always been considerable and consistent (between 63-10 and 65-10). Look for more of the same here in 2012 as the Bassmaster Angler of the Year award and more than 30 Bassmaster Classic berths are decided in New York.

2012 Elite Series - All-Star Semi-final

The best of the Bassmaster Elite Series anglers compete at the end of the 2012 season

2011 Bassmaster Classic

The biggest event in the sport of Bass Fishing. And it could be boom or bust, depending on the weather. The three previous Classics here were all summertime affairs. In February, the bass could be shallow and aggressive (if it's warm) or slightly less shallow — there's not a lot of deep water here — and lethargic (if it's cold). The winner will almost certainly be paraphrasing Teddy Roosevelt — speaking softly and carrying a flipping stick.

2011 Elite Series - Sunshine Showdown
2011 Elite Series - Power-Pole Citrus Slam

Though most of the bass on the river will have spawned, there could be some big bass still on the beds for the sight fishermen in the field. The St. Johns has been a training ground for some of the best bass anglers in the world, including Thliveros, Terry Scroggins and Shaw Grigsby and they'll all be pre-tournament favorites.

2011 Elite Series - Alabama Charge

In April, some largemouths should still be spawning, so the sight fishermen will have some good targets. Those who opt for smallies will go deeper.

When the Elites were here in late April 2010, Kevin Short walked away with the trophy. He used a square-billed crankbait around flooded cypress trees to catch 75-1 over four days while Bill Lowen took the tournament's biggest bass (a 7-0 largemouth) flipping a jig to an undercut bank. Weather permitting, weights should be up in 2011.

2011 Elite Series - Trokar Battle on the Bayou

The Elite's first stop at Toledo Bend marks BASS' 13th professional tournament on the 186,000-acre reservoir that sits on the border between Texas and Louisiana. "The Bend" was a regular stop for BASS in the 1970s and early 1980s when it was generally regarded as the best bass water in the country. It was also the proving grounds for some of the earliest stars in the world of professional bass fishing — Tommy Martin, Harold Allen, Larry Nixon, Bo Dowden, Jack Hains and others all worked as guides on Toledo Bend in the 1970s.

2011 Elite Series - Pride of Georgia

Not only is West Point the smallest body of water on the Elite schedule for 2011, it's also the newest. Impounded in 1974, the lake covers just 25,900 acres, but that's plenty of room for the Elite field. BASS has held just five previous professional tournaments here, the last being a Southern Open in June 2005 won by Elite pro Mark Menendez.

2011 Elite Series - Evan Williams Bourbon Carolina Clash

Though perhaps better known for its striped bass, Lake Murray is one of the best largemouth fisheries in the country. The 50,000-acre reservoir built in 1930 is heavily developed with plenty of boat docks and other man-made cover that holds lots of bass.

2011 Elite Series - Diamond Drive

The Arkansas River has been a popular BASS tournament destination since the 1980s, when it hosted back-to-back Bassmaster Classics in 1984 and 1985. BASS has fished the river out of Pine Bluff and Little Rock in Arkansas and would have held an Elite event on it in 2010 out of Oklahoma had the weather cooperated.

2011 Elite Series - Dixie Duel

The final Elite event of the 2011 season will give the pros a chance to catch some big smallmouth bass. Wheeler Lake is not only a solid largemouth fishery, but a strong bronzeback site, as well. Wheeler first came to national prominence in 1974 as the site of the fourth Bassmaster Classic. Since then, BASS has visited the lake for seven other professional tournaments, including two previous Elite events.

2011 Elite Series - Ramada All-Star Semi-Final

The 2011 season concludes with the top Elite anglers and fan voted favorites competing in the first ever All Star week event!

2010 Bassmaster Classic

the 2010 Bassmaster Classic will return in February to Lay Lake in Shelby County, Ala., site of three previous Classic competitions — 1996, 2002 and 2007.

2010 Elite Series - Duel in the Delta

The massive California Delta was the site of the biggest catch in BASS tournament history. It’s where Mark Tyler hauled in a 14-pound, 9-ounce largemouth in April 1999 during a Western Invitational, and it’s where most of the competitors expect the winner to bag more than 100 pounds of largemouth bass.

2010 Elite Series - Golden State Shootout

In 2007, bass fans everywhere looked to the California Delta to set new catch records for the Bassmaster Elite Series. But it was Clear Lake that came through with the biggest catches, topped by Steve Kennedy’s 122 pounds, 14 ounces. Kennedy was a novice with swimbaits going into that event, but left a believer. He set a four-day tournament record with his catch that lasted only a year but that opened the eyes of the bass fishing public everywhere.

2010 Elite Series - Blue Ridge Brawl

Smith Mountain Lake offers more than 500 miles of winding shoreline along its 40-mile length. That means it’s full of coves, cuts and drainages along both the Roanoke and Blackwater river arms, and along with the coves are laydowns, stumps and other shallow cover largemouth love.

2010 Elite Series - Alabama Charge

In late April and early May, some largemouths should still be spawning, so the sight fishermen will have some good targets. Those who opt for smallies will go deeper.

2010 Elite Series - Southern Challenge

Michael Iaconelli and Kevin VanDam won the last two Elite Series events here. In a 2004 Tour event, it took just under 100 pounds to win. That tournament was in February — before the spawn. By May, many of the bass will be done spawning, but there should be a real mix of spawning and postspawn bass brought to the scales.

2010 Elite Series - Pride of Georgia

The key words to remember about Clarks Hill are hydrilla, points and blueback herring. Chances are one or all will play a major role in the outcome of the tournament.

2010 KVD/Oakley Big Bass Challenge

Based at Big Cedar Lodge, the 1st Annual Kevin Van Dam Big Bass Classic comes to Table Rock Lake on June 5-6, 2010; offering amateur anglers the chance to compete for over $100,000 in possible cash and prizes. The amateur angler with the largest overall big bass will take home a 2010 Nitro Z9 valued over $43,000.

2010 Elite Series - Tennessee Triumph

With more than 184 miles of reservoir covering better than 160,000 surface acres, Kentucky Lake will give the pros plenty of options.

2010 Elite Series - Sooner Run

The Arkansas River Navigation project, begun in the 1960s, made the river safe for navigation from the Mississippi River all the way to the head of navigation at Catoosa, near Tulsa, Okla. In 1971, the Port of Muskogee was dedicated by Oklahoma’s governor. Today, it’s not just a site of commercial barge traffic, but also of outstanding bass fishing.

2010 Elite Series Postseason #1

Championship week runs July 24-31 to crown the top angler in the world!

2010 Elite Series Postseason #2

The Postseason format features two, two-day events to determine the Angler of the Year. Angler’s scoring from the regular season was readjusted and then each tournament is scored on a 50-point sliding scale

2009 Bassmaster Classic

Red River is more than just a John Wayne western. It’s also one of the premier bass fisheries in the South. Louisiana’s stretch of the river has been the site of six professional level BASS events, including Opens in 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2008. Most recently, in 2008, it took 54 pounds over three days to claim the top prize.

In February, the Red River could present a real challenge for the best bass anglers in the world. It could be cold and muddy, two conditions that spell tough fishing. That could benefit the pitchers and flippers who move to shallower, cleaner water and patiently work a jig through dense cover. If conditions are challenging, look for low weights and a close finish.

2009 Elite Series - Battle on the Border

The Elite series kicks off in Texas, with the Battle on the Border, an event that has yielded record sized catches in the past.

Diamond Drive 2009

Returning to Lake Dardanelle after a year off, the Elite Series anglers are looking forward to this early spring stop. Often meaning large bags and lots of hits.

2009 Elite Series - Dixie Duel

At the third Elite Series event of the 2008 season, the pros will have a chance to catch some big smallmouth bass. Wheeler Lake is not only a solid largemouth fishery, but a strong bronzeback site, as well. Wheeler first came to national prominence in 1974 as the site of the fourth Bassmaster Classic. Since then, BASS has visited the lake for six other professional tournaments, including the 2008 Southern Challenge in which Jeremy Starks edged out Kevin VanDam for top honors with a four-day catch weighing 78-10.

2009 Elite Series - Blue Ridge Brawl

As a fishery, Smith Mountain Lake may be better known for its giant stripers than for its healthy largemouth population, but this 20,600-acre Roanoke River reservoir is one of Virginia’s finest bass lakes.

2009 Elite Series - Southern Challenge

Guntersville is Alabama’s largest lake, covering some 69,000 acres. Having hosted nearly 20 previous professional-level BASS events, Guntersville is also one of the most popular tournament destinations in the country.

2009 Elite Series - Tennessee Triumph

When it comes to versatile bass waters, Kentucky Lake takes a backseat to nowhere else. Big largemouth, giant smallmouth and solid spotted bass are all found here.

2009 River Rumble

High waters on Big Muddy flooded much of the weigh-in area in Fort Madison, Iowa, in 2008, delaying the appearance of the Elite Series for about 12 months.

2009 Elite Series - Champion's Choice

Oneida Lake is a smallmouth paradise, but it was the largemouth bite that led Tommy Biffle to an Elite Series victory here in the summer of 2006. On a lake known for big bronzebacks, Biffle used topwater frogs to catch even bigger largemouths and bring 63-10 to the scales over four days while the second- and third-place finishers targeted smallmouth.

2009 Elite Series Postseason #1

With the introduction of the new postseason format, a detailed schedule has been created for the Toyota Trucks Championship Week, beginning with two practice days, Sept. 10-11, followed by two competition days, Sept. 12-13, on Jordan, titled the Berkley Powerbait Trophy Chase. The 12 qualifying anglers will then take a one-day break Sept. 14 for media and sponsor activities. Anglers will then move to Montgomery for the final competition, the Evan Williams Bourbon Trophy Triumph.

2009 Elite Series Postseason #2

A two-day practice period, Sept. 15-16, on the Alabama River will be followed by the season’s final two days of competition on the spacious fishery Sept. 17-18. This will determine the BASS Angler of the Year!

2008 Bassmaster Classic

The 2008 Bassmaster Classic marks just the second time that fishing’s most prestigious championship has been held in South Carolina. The 1973 Classic was contested on Clarks Hill Reservoir, another Savannah River impoundment, just downstream from Hartwell.

2008 Elite Series - Sunshine Showdown

The 2008 Elite Series season opens in Central Florida with the Sunshine Showdown on the Harris Chain of Lakes, March 6-9, hosted by the City of Leesburg and the Lake County Department of Tourism. With 9 lakes in the chain covering approximately 76,000 surface acres, there will be plenty of water to go around.

2008 Elite Series - Citrus Slam

BASS has not held a professional level tournament on the Kissimmee Chain since the 2006 Bassmaster Classic, but that’s where the Citrus Slam will be fished in 2008.

2008 Elite Series - Lone Star Shootout

Two years ago, BASS and the Elite Series traveled to the Texas-Mexico border and Lake Amistad for the first time. The results were fantastic. In two Elite Series events, it has taken better than 100 pounds to win on Amistad, and Falcon Lake has the reputation of being even better.

2008 Elite Series - Battle on the Border

BASS’ history on Lake Amistad is a short but glorious one. Elite Series pros will be looking forward to the Battle on the Border, April 10-13.

2008 Elite Series - Pride of Georgia

Seventy-eight thousand acre Clarks Hill Lake has become one of BASS’ favorite destinations in recent years. The 2008 Elite Series tournament, May 1-4, will mark the fourth straight year that BASS has brought its premier tournament series to the reservoir on the Georgia-South Carolina border.

2008 Elite Series - Carolina Clash

It’s been a few years since BASS brought a professional tournament to South Carolina’s Lake Murray, but the 2008 Carolina Clash (May 15-18) will change that. Murray’s 52,000 surface acres will play host to the best fishermen in the world at one of the very best times to be there.

2008 Elite Series - Southern Challenge

With the seventh Elite Series event of the 2008 season, the pros will finally have a chance to catch some big smallmouth bass. Wheeler Lake, site of the Southern Challenge (June 5-8) hosted by Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau, is not only a great largemouth fishery, but a strong bronzeback site, as well.

2008 Bluegrass Brawl

When it comes to versatile bass waters, Kentucky Lake takes a backseat to nowhere else. Big largemouth, giant smallmouth and solid spotted bass are all found here. During the Bluegrass Brawl (June 12-15), postspawn bass will be out on the ledges in 10 to 25 feet of water.

2008 Elite Series - Tennessee Triumph

Old Hickory Lake is a popular waters which BASS has visited seven times in its 40-year history.

2008 Elite Series - Empire Chase

To call Lake Erie “big water” would be a major understatement. Covering nearly 10,000 square miles, Erie is far and away the largest body of water on the Elite Series schedule for 2008. It’s not only one of the Great Lakes, it’s also one of the great bass lakes in the world, especially if you’re a fan of smallmouth bass.

2008 Elite Series - Champion's Choice

Oneida Lake is another smallmouth paradise.

2007 Bassmaster Classic

This is the grand daddy of them all.
The 37th Annual Classic!

Battle on the Border

The first event this year in the BASSMASTER Elite series 2007.

Duel in the Delta

The potential in the California Delta is nearly limitless, as the Elite Series anglers hit this venue at the right time of the year to see big results.

Golden State Shootout

One of the best bass havens in the world.

Toyota Texas Bass Classic

The Toyota Texas Bass Classic will host the top anglers and entertainers in the country fishing in this 4 day tournament. A 4 person team format will be used. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation.

2007 Pride of Georgia

The Elite Series heads back East to Georgia from the previous stops on the West Coast.

2007 Southern Challenge

The Elite Series stays at home in the South, moving back to Alabama as the season gets rolling.

2007 BASSMASTER American

The second BASSMASTER Major series event of 2007 returns to the home of the 1994, 1995 and 1998 BASSMASTER Classic’s.

2007 Blue Ridge Brawl

The Elite series heads to the mountains of Virginia and a lake with 26,000 surface acres.

2007 Sooner Run

The Elite Series pulls into Oklahoma, and the Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees.

2007 Champion's Choice

The Elite Series Northern Run starts on Lake Champlain. Arguably the best bass fishery in the country.

2007 Empire Chase

This event actually takes place on both Lake Erie and the Niagara River. The last event on Lake Erie was the Northern Open in 2005.

2007 Major - Memorial

The 2nd Major event of the 2007 season swings through Syracuse, New York.

2007 Capital Clash

The Final Charge pushes forward through the Nations Capital. The historic Potomac River will see the Elite series begin the final push here.

2007 Major - Legends
2007 Elite Series - Sunshine Showdown

A former home of the Bassmaster Classic, Lake Toho is hosting the final stop of the 2007 Elite Series.