Lake Murray Welcomes B.A.S.S. Elite Series in April 2023

September 1, 2022

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Columbia, SC. — Capital City/Lake Murray Country (CCLMC) is proud to announce that Lake Murray marks one of the nine stops on the map for the 2023 Bassmaster Elite Series. B.A.S.S. has visited Lake Murray nine times for major events since 1991, but its most recent trip to the 50,000-acre Saluda River fishery was in 2011. The series will set up shop on Lake Murray, April 20-23, 2023.

“We know Lake Murray will deliver a challenging event to the professional anglers and the final weights will be strong,” said Miriam Atria, CCLMC President/CEO.

The B.A.S.S. Elite Series schedule includes nine regular-season events in seven states. Along the tournament trail, these talented anglers will battle each other — and big bass — for the prestigious titles of: “Progressive Insurance Bassmaster Angler of the Year,” “Falcon Rods Rookie of the Year,” and “Elite Series champion.”

B.A.S.S. CEO Chase Anderson lauded the schedule as another great opportunity for the best professional anglers in the world to showcase their talents in diverse and exceptional fisheries.

“The 2023 Elite Series schedule allows us to visit multiple regions — including fisheries where we haven’t been in many years — to celebrate fishing fans and our great sport,” Anderson said. “Anglers are tested in a variety of environments, truly battling for the right to call themselves the Angler of the Year or Rookie of the Year.”

“And, of course, for approximately 40 of those anglers, the nine Elite Series tournaments are the pathway to fulfill a dream and compete on the biggest stage in sportfishing — the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic.”

More than 12.5 million viewers watched Bassmaster coverage on the FOX networks and, once again, fans can catch all nine Bassmaster Elite Series events as well as Bassmaster Classic live television coverage on the FOX Sports platforms. For complete coverage of the Elite Series, visit Bassmaster.com.

“The public will want to come out and enjoy the Outdoor Expo at Dreher Island.  Stay tuned to LakeMurrayCountry.com for all event details of the Bassmaster Elite Series in April,”  said Vickie Davis, CCLMC VP of Special Events and Funding

2023 Bassmaster Elite Series Schedule:

Feb. 16-19, Okeechobee, Fla., Lake Okeechobee
Feb. 23-26, Bainbridge, Ga., Lake Seminole
April 20-23, Columbia, S.C., Lake Murray
April 27-30, Clarendon County, S.C., Santee Cooper Lakes
May 11-14, Shelby County, Ala., Lay Lake
June 1-4, Orange, Texas, Sabine River
July 27-30, Macomb County, Mich., Lake St. Clair
Aug. 17-20, Plattsburgh, N.Y., Lake Champlain
Aug. 24-27, Clayton, N.Y., St. Lawrence River

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

Capital City/Lake Murray Country is a 501(c)(6) organization and is a member of the South Carolina Association of Tourism Regions (SCATR). CCLMC maintains membership to various regional, national, and local tourism travel-related associations and organizations. The organization markets the region both regionally, nationally, and internationally to lure visitors into the region and increase tourism revenue while providing economic impact for the region.