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2021 Bassmaster Classic rescheduled to June 11-13

Josh Rouse
Topeka Capital-Journal
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Officials from BASS announced on Thursday that the 2021 Bassmaster Classic and Outdoors Expo has been rescheduled to June 11-13 as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and associated limits on large gatherings.

The event, considered the "Super Bowl of Bass Fishing," was originally slated for late March on Ray Roberts Lake State Park in Fort Worth, Texas. It will still take place on that fishery in June.

“It’s our hope that this delay will allow us to alleviate many of the challenges — including any potential capacity restrictions and travel complications — related to hosting both the tournament and Outdoors Expo in the current pandemic environment,” said BASS CEO Bruce Akin in a news release. “We look forward to seeing thousands of fans, along with our partners and industry friends, at the 51st Bassmaster Classic.

“Our team will be working with the Fort Worth Sports Commission and Visit Fort Worth to make this historic trip to Texas an incredible and memorable event.”

BASS chairman Chase Anderson also emphasized the importance of cooperation with Fort Worth. 

“We are so appreciative of Fort Worth officials and our hosts at Visit Fort Worth for working with us during these unprecedented times to reschedule this exciting event and ensure we have an outstanding Classic,” Anderson said in the release.

Recent Classics have drawn record-breaking crowds, according to BASS, with events in Birmingham, Ala., and Knoxville, Tenn., drawing 122,814 and 153,809 fans, respectively.

As a result of the move, the Bassmaster Elite at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala., which was originally scheduled for June 10-13, will now take place March 18-21.