500 Collegiate Anglers Take on Lake Murray This Week

January 23, 2024

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The 2024 Strike King Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops will kick off its season at Lake Murray on January 26-27, 2024. Last year Lake Murray was ranked No. 4 overall on Bassmaster Magazine’s 2023 100 Best Bass Lakes list, and No. 1 in the Southeast. The highly competitive tournament hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country (CCLMC) is expected to yield impressive results. “We are excited to host over 500 collegiate anglers from across the country and know Lake Murray will deliver a challenging event with strong final weights,” said Miriam Atria, CCLMC President/CEO. 

The series format is made up of two trails – the Legends Trail and the Lunkers Trail and has seen a record-breaking registration of 500 teams from 72 schools across the nation. Lake Murray marks the first event on the Legends Trail. In each tournament, teams will have the opportunity to earn points toward the Team of the Year race as well as punch their tickets to the 2024 College Series Championship.

The Teams will takeoff each day from Dreher Island State Park (3677 State Park Rd, Prosperity, SC 29127) at 7:10 a.m. ET and will return for weigh-ins at 3:10 p.m. “It will be a great tournament,” said Newberry native Dalton Dowdy. “It will take 20 pounds a day to win it, and it wouldn’t surprise me if it takes the mid-20s to win. This time of year, it isn’t uncommon to see a high 20s bag. It is one of the best lakes in the country, there is no doubt about it.”


Over the past several years, Lake Murray has proven to be a powerhouse lake with impressive numbers of 3- to 5-pound largemouth. That was on full display during the 2023 Elite Series stop last April. Multiple patterns unfolded across the lake, but Florida pro-Drew Benton won with 87 pounds by catching mostly spawning bass.


Follow along with the action!

Daily weigh-ins for the event will be streamed live on Bassmaster.com.

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 (Bassmaster and B.A.S.S. Times), website (Bassmaster.com), 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.


About Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board:

CCLMC is the official source for all things Lake Murray Country. To plan your next trip, find information on attractions, dining, hotels, outdoor recreation, fishing, golf, and events. Explore The Top Southern Destinations of Columbia, Richland, Lexington, Newberry, and Saluda. For more information about CCLMC visit LakeMurrayCountry.com or call 803-781-5940 | 1-866-SC-Jewel.


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