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Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees Will Host 2016 Bassmaster Classic

Bassmaster/Darren Jacobson

The Bassmaster Classic will return to Tulsa, Okla., and Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees in March 2016.

B.A.S.S. recently announced that next year’s Bassmaster Classic, professional fishing’s premier event, will be back in Tulsa on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees.

For the first time, the Bassmaster Classic will be held in March instead of February.

The event was last held in Tulsa in 2013, leaving only three years between visits to the same area. Locals and anglers likely won’t mind.

“The 2013 Classic was such a tremendous success, we couldn’t wait to return to Tulsa and Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees with our premier event,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO.  “If moving the event improves odds of good fishing weather, that’s a bonus. But we proved in 2013 as well as the recent Classic on Lake Hartwell, S.C., that freezing temperatures don’t hamper the anglers’ fishing success, nor do they hurt attendance.”

The Tulsa Classic in 2013 recorded the second highest attendance in Classic history, with more than 106,850 people showing up at the official venues.

A move to March should be welcomed by many bass fishing industry professionals, as sports and boat shows typically fall in January and February. More time in between could spell success for some.

Cliff Pace won the tournament in 2013, and the field that eventually hits the water in 2016 will have their work cut out for them.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees Will Host 2016 Bassmaster Classic