Bassmaster Classic fishing event returns to Knoxville in 2023

Bassmaster Classic returns to Knoxville next spring, bringing some of the nation’s top fishing competitors to two Tennessee River lakes for a three-day event.

The 2019 event saw 153,809 spectators and an economic impact of $32.2 million for Knoxville and East Tennessee, according to an Athletic Commission article cited in a statement.

The competition, which runs from March 24-26, 2023, was last held in Knoxville in 2019 and was considered “one of the most successful and well-received classics of all time”, according to a BASS press release.

Knoxville hosted Elite Series events in 2017 and 2021.

Fort Loudon and Tellico lakes will host the competition, while the Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus will host daily weigh-ins.

Bassmaster 2019:Knoxville Bassmaster had an economic impact of $32.2 million – more than March Madness in Tulsa

Hailed as the “Super Bowl of professional bass fishing” by BASS CEO Chase Anderson, the Bassmaster Classic saw record fan attendance at the 2019 event in Knoxville.

Visit Knoxville and its athletic commission expect the event to provide a substantial boost to the local economy.

The Classic will feature 55 anglers, who qualify through the Bassmaster Elite Series, competing for a top prize of $300,000.

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