2024 Bassmaster Fishing Schedule and Anglers

The 2024 Bassmaster elite fishing schedule and angler lineup provide nine events in six states. The year’s first stop comes at the Toledo Bend Reservoir on the Louisiana and Texas border. The elite fishing schedule begins Feb. 22-25. It’s important to note that this is the first time since 2018 that Bassmaster hasn’t started their elite schedule in Florida.  

Taking place out of Many, Louisiana, this will be the 19th time that B.A.S.S. has scheduled a major event at Toledo Bend. The massive 185,000 acres of fishing access will provide anglers with giant bass, as it ranks 6th overall for best bass lakes, according to Bassmaster Magazine.

The First Half of The 2024 Bassmaster Elite Schedule

As previously mentioned, the Elites will start at Toledo Bend on Feb. 22, 2024. From there, the Elite anglers will head to Lake Fork in Yantis, Texas, Feb. 29-March 3. Packing a whopping 27,264 acres, Lake Fork ranked third in the Central Division of Bassmaster Magazine for the 100 Best Lakes List in 2023. 

*Between the second and third events, the 2024 Bassmaster Classic will take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Grand Lake O’ Cherokees March 22-24. The classic is not part of the nine regular fishing tournaments for 2024. 

The third Bassmaster Elite event is held in the Sunshine State. Anglers will compete at the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Florida, April 11-14. This is later than usual for the Elites to visit the state of Florida, but they keep it in-state with the fourth Bassmaster Elite fishing tournament by visiting the St. Johns River April 18-21 in Palatka, Fla. B.A.S.S. has made a combined 42 visits to these two fisheries for major fishing events. 

The Second Half of The 2024 Bassmaster Elite Schedule

The Elites will leave Florida and head to South Carolina to revisit Lake Murray May 9-12 near Columbia, S.C., for the fifth Elite tournament. The 50,000-acre lake is known to put on a show, as we saw Drew Benton bag 87 pounds of fish in 2023. 

Alabama will host events six and seven as anglers battle it out at Wheeler Lake in Decatur. Alabama, June 13-16. Look for anglers to catch mixed bags of smallmouth and largemouth bass during this event on the 67,070-acre Tennessee River. Keep an eye on the number of fishing techniques we should see, ranging from drop shot baits to power fishing. 

Stop seven will see anglers likely pivot to catching giant spotted bass. Lewis Smith Lake in Cullman, Ala., June 27-30, where the action is. Although B.A.S.S. has visited Lewis Smith Lake 11 times for other major events, this will be the first Bassmaster Elite event on the 21,200-acre fishery.

The final two Elite fishing events will be up north in New York. Lake Champlain in Plattsburgh, N.Y., Aug. 8-11 will host the eighth Bassmaster Elite event. Its 271,000 acres have displayed its population for largemouth and smallmouth bass in the past, but look for the winner to have a bag mostly of smallies. 

St. Lawrence River in Waddington, N.Y., Aug. 15-18 will host the ninth and final stop of the 2024 Bassmaster Elite fishing schedule. It’s hard not to have the St. Lawrence River on the list, as we saw the winner of this event last year bag 105 pounds. The giant bag is the biggest four-day limit for smallmouth bass in a B.A.S.S. event. 

A quick look at the 2024 Bassmaster Elite Schedule

Feb. 22-25, Many, La., Toledo Bend Reservoir

Feb. 29-March 3, Yantis, Texas, Lake Fork

March 22-24, Bassmaster Classic, Tulsa, Okla., Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees

April 11-14, Leesburg, Fla., Harris Chain of Lakes

April 18-21, Palatka, Fla., St. Johns River

May 9-12, Columbia, S.C., Lake Murray

June 13-16, Decatur, Ala., Wheeler Lake

June 27-30, Cullman, Ala., Smith Lake

Aug. 8-11, Plattsburgh, N.Y., Lake Champlain

Aug. 15-18, Waddington, N.Y., St. Lawrence River

2024 Bassmaster Anglers

On days 1 and 2, the whole field of 103 anglers will compete in each competition. Day 3, the field is reduced to 50 competitors for the semifinal round. On the final day of each event, only the top 10 fishermen will fish for a $100,000 first-place reward and crucial Progressive Insurance Bassmaster Angler of the Year points.

Matt Arey, Shelby, N.C.

Justin Atkins, Florence, Ala.

Todd Auten, Lake Wylie, S.C.

Drew Benton, Blakely, Ga.

Stetson Blaylock, Benton, Ark.

Scott Canterbury, Odenville, Ala.

Brandon Card, Salisbury, N.C.

Hank Cherry, Lincolnton, N.C.

Jason Christie, Park Hill, Okla.

Joey Cifuentes III, Clinton, Ark.

Rick Clunn, Ava, Mo.

Brandon Cobb, Greenwood, S.C.

Keith Combs, Huntington, Texas

Drew Cook, Cairo, Ga.

John Cox, DeBary, Fla.

John Crews, Salem, Va.

Clent Davis, Montevallo, Ala.

Will Davis Jr., Sylacauga, Ala.

Greg DiPalma, Millville, N.J.

Bob Downey, Detroit Lakes, Minn.

Tim Dube, Nashua, N.H.

Seth Feider, New Market, Minn.

Austin Felix, Eden Prairie, Minn.

Jacob Foutz, Charleston, Tenn.

Marc Frazier, Newnan, Ga.

Kyoya Fujita, Minamitsuru, Yamanashi, Japan

Cooper Gallant, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

John Garrett, Union City, Tenn.

David Gaston, Sylacauga, Ala.

Robert Gee, Knoxville, Tenn.

Wesley Gore, Clanton, Ala.

Buddy Gross, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Jeff Gustafson, Keewatin, Ontario, Canada

Greg Hackney, Gonzales, La.

Justin Hamner, Northport, Ala.

Ray Hanselman, Del Rio, Texas

Jamie Hartman, Newport, N.Y.

Matt Herren, Ashville, Ala.

Derek Hudnall, Zachary, La.

Cody Huff, Ava, Mo.

Mike Huff, Corbin, Ky.

Mike Iaconelli, Pittsgrove, N.J.

Taku Ito, Chiba, Japan

Carl Jocumsen, Toowoomba, Australia

Chris Johnston, Otonabee, Ontario, Canada

Cory Johnston, Cavan, Ontario, Canada

Jonathan Kelley, Old Forge, Pa.

Steve Kennedy, Auburn, Ala.

Kenta Kimura, Hirakata, Osaka, Japan

Koby Kreiger, Alva, Fla.

Caleb Kuphall, Mukwonago, Wis.

Logan Latuso, Gonzales, La.

Jordan Lee, Cullman, Ala.

Shane LeHew, Catawba, N.C.

Brandon Lester, Fayetteville, Tenn.

Lee Livesay, Longview, Texas

Wes Logan, Springville, Ala.

Ed Loughran III, Richmond, Va.

Bill Lowen, Brookville, Ind.

Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla.

Trey McKinney, Carbondale, Ill.

Mark Menendez, Paducah, Ky.

Ben Milliken, New Caney, Texas

Brock Mosley, Collinsville, Miss.

Paul Mueller, Naugatuck, Conn.

David Mullins, Mt. Carmel, Tenn.

Bryan New, Saluda, S.C.

Kyle Norsetter, Cottage Grove, Wis.

Brandon Palaniuk, Rathdrum, Idaho

Luke Palmer, Coalgate, Okla.

Logan Parks, Auburn, Ala.

Kyle Patrick, Cooperstown, N.Y.

Chad Pipkens, DeWitt, Mich.

Clifford Pirch, Payson, Ariz.

Jacob Powroznik, North Prince George, Va.

Cliff Prince, Palatka, Fla.

Jay Przekurat, Stevens Point, Wis.

KJ Queen, Catawba, N.C.

Alex Redwine, Blue Ash, Ohio

Tyler Rivet, Raceland, La.

Matt Robertson, Kuttawa, Ky.

Cole Sands, Calhoun, Tenn.

Pat Schlapper, Eleva, Wis.

Bryan Schmitt, Deale, Md.

Bernie Schultz, Gainesville, Fla.

Hunter Shryock, Ooltewah, Tenn.

Bryant Smith, Roseville, Calif.

John Soukup, Sapulpa, Okla.

Caleb Sumrall, New Iberia, La.

Gerald Swindle, Guntersville, Ala.

Frank Talley, Temple, Texas

JT Thompkins, Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Patrick Walters, Summerville, S.C.

Joseph Webster, Hamilton, Ala.

Kyle Welcher, Opelika, Ala.

Clark Wendlandt, Leander, Texas

Alex Wetherell, Middletown, Conn.

Brad Whatley, Bivins, Texas

Jake Whitaker, Hendersonville, N.C.

Tyler Williams, Belgrade, Maine

Jason Williamson, Aiken, S.C.

Matty Wong, Honolulu, Hawaii

Chris Zaldain, Fort Worth, Texas

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