On the eve of this year’s Bassmaster Classic later this month, it has been announced that next year’s event will return to the Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the third time.
The fishery, in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, hosted sportfishing’s biggest event in 2013, when it was won by Cliff Pace, and in 2016, when Edwin Evers took home the $300,000 first place prize money.
“The B.A.S.S. team has been working with the people of Tulsa for well over a year to make this a reality,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Chase Anderson. “The fishery already holds a special place in Classic history and is so important to the fishing community.”
Last year’s list of the 100 Best Bass Lakes, published by Bassmaster magazine, ranked Grand Lake 17th in the Central Division, the 11th straight year is has appeared in the top 100.
Scheduled for March 22nd to 24th, the 54th Classic will be contested by 56 anglers vying for a total purse of more than $1 million. More than 105,000 fans are expected to attend.
As in the past, daily weigh-ins will be held at the BVOK Centre in downtown Tulsa, while the Bassmaster Classic Expo will take place at the Cox Convention Center across the street.
The 2023 Bassmaster Classic takes place from March 24th to 26th in Knoxville, Tennessee.