Bass Pro Hosting First-Ever Amateur Fishing Tournament, Giving Away $4.3 Million in Prizes

by Matthew Wilson

Bass Pro is calling all amateur anglers out there. The hunting and sporting goods company is hosting its first-ever fishing tournament. And for the lucky winners, the prizes are guaranteed to be huge.

The company is giving away $4.3 million in prizes. It’s also including a $1 million cash prize for whoever ends up the national championship team. The company is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the Johnny Morris Bass Pro U.S. Open National Bass Fishing Amateur Team Championships. What it may lack in brevity of its title, it makes up for with the number of opportunities to win.

Bass Pro will host the championship at Table Rock Lake in Missouri in November. Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris hyped up the event in a press release. He used to fish at the location in 1970.

“Fishing in the first national BASS tournament on Table Rock Lake in 1970 rewarded me with friends for life and served as my inspiration to start Bass Pro Shops… And our loyal customers and industry-leading independent boat dealers, we simply wouldn’t be here today,” Morris said.

“This tournament is our way of giving thanks and rewarding our customers with the chance to land the catch of a lifetime,” he continued. “Beyond offering the ultimate prize in fishing, we’re excited to celebrate our heritage, raise funds for conservation, and have some big fun with people who love fishing as much as we do.”

How to Qualify for Bass Pro Championship

So how do you compete in this amateur championship? Anglers have three ways to qualify. For one, they can finish in the top 40 of one of the eight regional qualifying tournaments this spring. Events are held in a variety of states including Florida, Nevada, Michigan, and Tennessee.

The qualifying events are as followed:

  • Lake Okeechobee, Fla. on March 13.
  • Lake Ray Roberts, Dallas, TX. on April 17.
  • Chesapeake Bay, Md. on July 17.
  • Lake St. Clair, MI. on Aug. 21.
  • Lake Mead, Nev. on April 24.
  • Old Hickory Lake, TN. on Sept. 11.
  • Grand Lake ‘O the Cherokees, Tulsa, Okla. on Oct. 16.
  • Bull Shoals Lake, Ark. on Nov. 17.

Anglers can also win a place in the competition by winning in this qualifying event as well.

“For over 50 years, these celebrated brands have come to represent the #1 bestselling boats in North America,” Bass Pro wrote in a news release. “Along the way, they made first-time boat ownership more affordable for thousands of families.”