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The 2022 Bassmaster Elite Series schedule features nine events across seven states.

Photo by James Overstreet/B.A.S.S.

July 20, 2021


B.A.S.S. Officials Announce 2022 Schedule For Bassmaster Elite Series


BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — With this year’s Bassmaster Elite Series schedule barely written into the history books, B.A.S.S. officials are already looking toward a bright future with Tuesday’s announcement of the Elite Series slate for 2022.


The top professional bass fishing circuit in the world will once again kick off its season in warm, sunny Florida, with events on the St. Johns River in Palatka, Feb. 10-13, and the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Feb. 17-20.


From there, the trail will visit six more states in seven months while working its way to a season-ending event on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis., Aug. 26-29.


“We’re proud to have the kind of schedule that allows fans from so many areas to enjoy and celebrate the great sport of professional bass fishing,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin. “With events in seven states from Florida, north to New York, and west to South Dakota, it will be a true test of our anglers’ ability to compete on all types of fisheries.


“It’ll also provide an incredible variety of entertaining scenarios for our fans, both in attendance and watching live on the multiple platforms that are now available to them.”


This will mark the fourth-straight year the Elite Series has held its season-opener on the St. Johns River — a quintessential Florida fishery that features vast shoreline cover, big Florida-strain largemouth and breathtaking scenery with Spanish moss-covered trees, alligators and manatees. The 2021 event on the St. Johns was won by North Carolina rookie pro Bryan New with a four-day total of 79 pounds, 7 ounces.


The trip to the Harris Chain — a collection of eight lakes connected by rivers and canals — will be the first for the Elite Series since 2011. The fishery, which ranked 10th in the Southeastern Division of BassmasterMagazine’s list of 100 Best Bass Lakes released earlier this summer, has been a common destination for other B.A.S.S. events in the past, however, with the most recent being a Bassmaster Southern Open won by Keith Tuma this past spring.


“We’re thrilled to host the Bassmaster Elite Series on the Harris Chain of Lakes right here in Lake County,” said Steven Clenney, interim director of Visit Lake. “Our lakes have some of the best bass fishing in the country, and as Bassmaster tournaments return year after year to our area, it reminds us how thankful we are to have this resource in our backyards.”


After a pause for the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell, March 4-6, the Elite Series schedule will resume right there inside the Palmetto State with the third regular-season event on the Santee Cooper Lakes in Clarendon County, S.C., March 17-20.


B.A.S.S. held 13 major events on the gigantic Santee system, which is comprised of Lakes Marion and Moultrie, from 1975-2009. Then after an 11-year hiatus from the fishery, the Elite Series held a tournament there in October of 2020 that was won by Idaho pro Brandon Palaniuk with 72-2.


“We are so excited to be able to bring the Bassmaster Elites back in 2022,” said Tiffany B. Myers, director of tourism, Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce. “It had been over 10 years since they came to Clarendon County prior to the 2020 tournament. It was a great event, but the pandemic drastically changed plans and logistics. So, we are thrilled to have another opportunity to bring them back during the ideal time of year and with a lot more spectators.”


After Santee, the trail will shift to Chickamauga Lake in Dayton, Tenn., April 7-10. “The Chick,” as it’s known by avid bass anglers from around the country, is a 36,240-acre Tennessee River fishery known for producing giant largemouth.


The next lake on the schedule — Lake Fork in Quitman, Texas — is perhaps known as the country’s largemouth mecca. The Elite Series will drop in on Fork May 19-22 for only the fourth major event B.A.S.S. has ever held on the giant-bass paradise. The lake was ranked No. 1 overall in the country for 2021 inBassmaster’s list of Top 100 Best Bass Lakes.


That stretch of the schedule should be especially attractive to Lee Livesay— the Texas pro who won the Elite Series’ most recent trip to Chickamauga in October 2020 and the trail’s most recent trip to Fork in April 2021. He won the latter event with a whopping total of 112 pounds, 5 ounces that was capped by a final-day catch of five bass that weighed 42-3.


Details on an event June 2-5 will be announced in the coming weeks.


Another destination that has become a staple for the Elite Series, the St. Lawrence River (fourth overall, 100 Best Bass Lakes), will be the next stop. The event, which is likely to be dominated by big smallmouth, is scheduled for July 14-17 out of Clayton, N.Y. This will be the sixth-straight year the Elite Series has visited the St. Lawrence and the 21st time B.A.S.S. has called on the fishery to host a major event.


Unlike the 2021 season that ended in mid-July, the 2022 slate will push into August with events at two fisheries where fans have been clamoring for the trail’s return.


On Aug. 18-21, massive 370,000-acre Lake Oahe will host the next-to-last event of the season out of Mobridge, S.D. B.A.S.S. has visited Oahe only once, for an Elite Series event in 2018 won by Alabama pro Mark Daniels Jr. B.A.S.S. Nation angler and 2015 Classic qualifier Troy Diede recently caught a 7-4 smallmouth from Oahe that was certified as the South Dakota state record.


The season will conclude on Aug. 26-29 on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis. (16th Central Division, 100 Best Bass Lakes). The Elite Series last visited La Crosse in 2018 during a Midwestern stretch that was paired similarly with Oahe.


“We are thrilled to welcome back the Bassmaster Elite Series to the La Crosse region on the famed Upper Mississippi River,” said A.J. Frels, executive director of Explore La Crosse. “We expect phenomenal fishing for both largemouth and smallmouth bass, and the anglers will showcase the region at unprecedented levels thanks to the partnership between B.A.S.S. and FOX Sports. The Bassmaster LIVE coverage will promote and attract new audiences to our incredible fishery while on-site engagement, launches and weigh-ins are sure to draw big crowds. The greater La Crosse region looks forward to hosting the anglers, their families, fans and spectators in the area!”

After an exciting debut season in 2021, once more, all nine Bassmaster Elite Series events as well as the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk will feature live television coverage on theFOX Sportsplatforms. Visit for more details.

2022 Bassmaster Elite Series schedule

Feb. 10-13, St. Johns River, Palatka, Fla.
Feb. 17-20, Harris Chain of Lakes, Leesburg, Fla.
March 4-6, Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk, Lake Hartwell, Greenville, S.C.
March 17-20, Santee Cooper Lakes, Clarendon County, S.C.
April 7-10, Chickamauga Lake, Dayton, Tenn.
May 19-22, Lake Fork, Quitman, Texas
June 2-5, TBA
July 14-17, St. Lawrence River/1000 Islands, Clayton, N.Y.
Aug. 4-7,Make-up date
Aug. 18-21,Lake Oahe, Mobridge, S.D.
Aug. 26-29,Mississippi River, La Crosse, Wis.

Bassmaster Elite Series Platinum Sponsor:Toyota

Bassmaster Elite Series Premier Sponsors:Berkley, Humminbird, Mercury, Minn Kota, Nitro Boats, Power-Pole, Ranger Boats, Skeeter Boats, Yamaha

Bassmaster Elite Series Supporting Sponsors:AFTCO, Bass Pro Shops, Garmin, Huk Performance Fishing, Marathon, Rapala

Bassmaster Elite Series Conservation Partner:AFTCO

About B.A.S.S.
B.A.S.S., which encompasses the Bassmaster tournament leagues, events and media platforms, is the worldwide authority on bass fishing and keeper of the culture of the sport, providing cutting edge content on bass fishing whenever, wherever and however bass fishing fans want to use it. Headquartered in Birmingham, Ala., the 515,000-member organization’s fully integrated media platforms include the industry’s leading magazines (BassmasterandB.A.S.S. Times), website (, TV show, radio show, social media programs and events. For more than 50 years, B.A.S.S. has been dedicated to access, conservation and youth fishing.

The Bassmaster Tournament Trail includes the most prestigious events at each level of competition, including the Bassmaster Elite Series,Basspro.comBassmaster Opens Series, TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series, Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops, Mossy Oak Fishing Bassmaster High School Series presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bassmaster Team Championship, Bassmaster B.A.S.S. Nation Kayak Series powered by TourneyX,Yamaha Bassmaster Redfish Cup Championship presented by Skeeterand the ultimate celebration of competitive fishing, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk.

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Record breaking heat as 79 teams headed out for the PropMD Minnetonka Classic presented by Scheels.
Water termperatures were in the low 70s and a breeze was welcome on this sultry day.  The team of Raveling/Schroeder bested the group with 6 largemouth bass for 21.78 pounds.  Team Robison cashed in on big bass with one weighing 5.89.
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Open: Tuma jumps from 10th to the top with Harris Chain victory


James Overstreet

LEESBURG, Fla. — Overcoming a modest start, Keith Tuma of Brainerd, Minn., caught the week’s biggest bag of 26 pounds, 2 ounces Saturday and won the Bassmaster Southern Open at the Harris Chain of Lakes with a three-day total of 58-13.

One of only two anglers to break 20 pounds twice (also second-place Alex Wetherell), Tuma caught 12-6 on Day 1 and placed 58th. Friday saw him rebound with a limit of 20-5, which moved him into 10th.

Knowing he couldn’t finish any lower, Tuma said he entered Saturday’s final round with a relaxed attitude that helped him focus on improving.

“Yesterday, I never thought I’d have a shot at the Top 10, so today, I went out there super calm,” he said. “My family and friends back home told me, ‘Just go fishing. You can’t do any worse than 10.’ It just started coming together. It was ridiculous.” 

Tuma earned $52,300, which included the $500 Garmin Tournament Rewards prize, and a berth in the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk. 

Previous experience benefited Tuma, who, along with Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation partner Andy Walls, placed second at the 2020 Bassmaster Team Championship at the Harris Chain. Relying on his knowledge of this stellar Florida fishery, Tuma located a key stretch of offshore grass in about 8 feet of water.

“The key for me was staying in the one spot I had found in practice until I had the limit I needed to have the confidence to check out other spots,” Tuma said. “The wind was a little harder on my main spot, but I did get an 8-pounder there and then I ran to my other area and caught one in the 6-pound range.”

Tuma’s secondary spot was a flat in 5 to 6 feet of water with low-growing hydrilla on the bottom. In both areas, he used a 1/2- to 3/4-ounce white Z-Man JackHammer ChatterBait with a Castaic Jerky J trailer.

“Everybody else who was in the area was throwing ChatterBaits with paddletail trailers, but I think that the little subtle difference in my trailer made the fish want to eat,” he said. “I was getting bit when other guys weren’t.”

Both of Tuma’s areas were within approximately half a mile of Venetian Gardens (site of the daily takeoffs and Day 1 and 2 weigh-ins). Proximity to the tournament site meant fishing near a steady travel lane — and Tuma realized that boat traffic actually benefited his game each tournament day.

“Every time a boat went by, they started biting because it pushed the bait around,” he said. “So that taught me that boat traffic didn’t bother them.”

Hailing from Middletown, Conn., Wetherell finished second with 56-13. After leading the field into Day 3, he struggled to maintain the momentum that delivered bags of 20-11 and 24-14 the first two rounds. On Saturday, he managed a limit of just 11-4. 

Returning to the offshore grass he’d fished since Day 1, Wetherell looked for the healthiest vegetation he could find. He caught his bass on a 3/4-ounce white Z-Man JackHammer ChatterBait with a 4-inch Lunker City Swimming Ribster swimbait and a Carolina-rigged 7-inch green pumpkin Senko.

“I’d fish fast with the ChatterBait and then slow down with the Senko to pick apart the better areas,” Wetherell said. “Keith (Tuma) and I were fishing the same area yesterday and he was a real class act and stayed off the section I was fishing.

“Yesterday was just an incredible day and I got the bites again today; they just wouldn’t commit to it.”

Day 1 leader Patrick Walters of Summerville, S.C., finished in third place with 55-14. After leading Day 1 with 24 pounds, he caught 13-5 on Day 2 and slipped to third. He finished strong with a limit of 18-9 Saturday.

Relying on forward-facing sonar to monitor bait and fish movement, Walters started on the shallow grass he’d fished the first two days. A slow morning prompted him to shift gears and punch matted cover.

“This morning I got kinda bored with that spot, so I made a long run to Lake Apopka because I just wanted to have fun and go fishing,” Walters said. “At 12 o’clock, I had a small limit, with two of the fish I weighed in and I said, ‘Let’s turn that Garmin back on and go do some fishing.’

“I stopped in the canal (exiting Lake Apopka) and caught one really quick and ran back to Little Lake Harris at 12:45. I went back to a spot where I’d caught them the first day and, on my third cast, I caught my biggest fish of the day. So, I probably made a mistake and didn’t stay.”

Walters caught his punching fish on a Zoom Z-Craw Jr. (black/blue and green pumpkin) Texas-rigged with a 1- and a 1 1/2-ounce weight. The shallow grass fish bit a Zoom Fluke Stick and a Zoom Zlinky — both Texas- and Wacky-rigged.

Charles Proctor of Conway, S.C., won the $750 Phoenix Boats Big Bass award for a 9-0 largemouth.

This year’s Opens circuit includes three divisions — Southern, Central and Northern — with three events in each. All nine tournament winners will earn an automatic berth to the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk if they fish all events in their division. Additionally, the Top 3 finishers from each division’s points standings will receive an invitation to fish the 2022 Bassmaster Elite Series, as will the Top 3 from the overall standings accumulated in all three divisions.

With this week’s victory, Tuma took the early lead in the Falcon Rods Bassmaster Opens Angler of the Year race. The winner of that award, which is based on points accumulated in all three divisions, will earn a $10,000 prize. The winner in the co-angler division will earn paid entry fees into the Opens division of his or her choice — a value of approximately $5,400.

Lake County and the City of Leesburg hosted the tournament.



Omnia Fishing Signs on as Presenting Sponsor for the 2021 MNBN Team Trail


MINNEAPOLIS, MN February 25, 2021 Omnia Fishing announced a partnership with Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation (MNBN) as the presenting sponsor of the 2021 MNBN Team Trail, which is a sanctioned trail of the Bassmaster Team Championship. This trail will feature four tournaments on premier Minnesota waters capped off locally with a no entry fee Team of Year (TOY) Championship. Finally, the MNBN Team Trail will send at least one team to the National Team Championship to compete for an opportunity to fish the Bassmaster Classic!


“We are excited to announce Omnia Fishing will be the presenting sponsor for the 2021 MNBN Team Trail”, said Peter Perovich, MNBN President. “This is a great opportunity to have Omnia Fishing on board and we are looking forward to working with them”.


“We at Omnia are excited to partner with MNBN Team Trail for the 2021 season. We are a rapidly growing company taking aggressive steps to make shopping for fishing tackle smarter. While our goal is to be a major national retailer” said Pete Przepiora, Head of Merchandising at Omnia Fishing. “Minnesota is our home base, and we want to support the Minnesota anglers. The Team Trail has shown that they are on an upward trajectory. MNBN is doing a lot to protect and grow the sport of bass fishing in Minnesota. Simply--it just makes sense to support them”.


Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation consists of over 500 members and is a member of B.A.S.S. Nation. Core principles include improving anglers’ bass fishing skills, promoting bass conservation, and engaging youth via grass roots bass fishing across Minnesota to anglers of all skill levels. For additional information on how you can become a part of Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation go to or follow us at and facebook/MNBassNation.

Lake Eufaula Lands 2021 Bassmaster Team Championship Event

January 22, 2021
The last spot in the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk will be filled on historic Lake Eufaula as this Alabama fishery hosts the Bassmaster Team Championship and Classic Fish-Off Dec. 8-11, 2021.

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The Nationals as Experienced by Rich Lindgren

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The 2020 B.A.S.S. Nation Northern Regional was held on Lake Vermilion in Minnesota. The Minnesota state team placed 3rd over all. Congrats to Rich Lindgren and Bryan Larson for continuing on to Nationals!

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