In two weeks, the “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing” is coming to Knoxville where 52 of the world’s best bass anglers will be competing for more than $1 million in prizes in the 2019 Bassmaster Classic. The three-day event is being held Friday, March 15 through Sunday, March 17, 2019.
For the first time ever, the 49th annual world championship of bass fishing is being held at the birthplace of the Tennessee River, forming at the confluence of the Holston and French Broad Rivers in Knoxville. Anglers will battle-it-out for the title of 2019 Bassmaster Champion on Fort Loudoun and Tellico Reservoirs, as well as adjacent portions of the Tennessee and Little Tennessee Rivers. Competitors may fish either lake and anywhere along the Tennessee River upstream from Ft.
Loudoun Dam to the I-40 bridge on the Holston River, and the Hwy. 168 bridge on the French Broad River. In total, anglers will enjoy over 30,000 surface acres of fishable water.
The three-day event kicks off each morning at 7:40 a.m. on March 15, 16 and 17 when the anglers launch at Volunteer Landing in downtown Knoxville. Daily weigh-ins are being held in Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus each afternoon at 3:15 p.m. In conjunction with the tournament, the Bassmaster Classic Outdoor Expo will be held at the Knoxville Convention Center and the adjacent World's Fair Exhibition Hall. Hundreds of exhibitors will be onsite with the latest hunting, fishing, boating and outdoors gear. See https://www.bassmaster.com/expo for more expo information.
“Tennessee bass fishing is legendary and our friends at B.A.S.S. could not have picked a better place for the Bassmaster Classic,” says Frank Fiss, Chief of Fisheries Management for TWRA. “We are very excited to host the Super Bowl of bass fishing and hope everyone will come out and experience the event and visit the TWRA booth at the expo. After the event, since we release all the fish back into the lake, don’t forget you can fish where the pros fished and even catch the same fish the pros caught.” Chief Fiss goes on to say, “Fishing is not only a wonderful recreational pastime, it is also a powerful driver of providing jobs and economic impact in Tennessee. Tournaments like the Bassmaster Classic are easy to see the impact of bringing in 100,000 people for a weekend to stay and play. There are also over one million people that take at least one fishing trip a year in Tennessee and spend money along the way too. Fishing creates over $1 billion dollars of economic impact in Tennessee each year.”