B.A.S.S. announced today that the 2021 Bassmaster Classic will take place at Lake Ray Roberts near Fort Worth, Texas. Competition dates are March 19-21.
It will mark the first time that Fort Worth will host the Classic, as well as the first time that a major B.A.S.S. tournament will be on the fishery.
“There are very few firsts in the world of sports,” said Chase Anderson, chairman of B.A.S.S. “We can’t wait to have a historic first next year when fishing’s biggest stage comes to Fort Worth. Our fans, sponsors and anglers are sure to be in for an incredible experience.”
Downtown Fort Worth will be on full display during the event, hosted by the Fort Worth Sports Commission and Visit Fort Worth. Outdoors enthusiasts can browse at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo, which will be held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, before taking in daily weigh-in festivities at nearby Dickies Arena.
“We could not have secured this world-class event without the support of our community partners,” said Bob Jameson, president and CEO for Visit Fort Worth, parent organization of the Fort Worth Sports Commission. “We are grateful to Dickies Arena, Will Rogers Memorial Center, the City of Fort Worth, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Lake Ray Roberts, The Stockyards and many more for their time and thoughtful collaboration to ensure Fort Worth offers a world-class experience to anglers, their families and fans.”
A perennial contender on Bassmaster Magazine’s annual 100 Best Bass Lakes list, Lake Ray Roberts was the No. 15 fishery in the Central Region for 2019, and historically, has appeared in the top 10 multiple years. In a state known for producing big bags, Lake Ray Roberts continues to shine. Tournaments on the 29,350-acre reservoir regularly require anglers to average at least 5-pounders to win.