This November, fishermen from across the United States and the world will converge on Monroe to battle it out for a spot in the 2022 Bassmaster Classic.
On Nov 3-5, the Ouachita River will be the site of the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, which pits the top club fishermen who qualify through a series of regional tournaments.
“B.A.S.S. has had such great experiences in Monroe that we’re extremely excited to return,” said Jon Stewart, B.A.S.S. Nation director. “This will be our fourth championship on the river, and the competition, as in years past, should be incredible.”
The Ouachita River was the site of B.A.S.S. Nation championships in 2014 and 2015. Paul Mueller of Connecticut won a berth at the 2015 Classic, with a 3-day catch of 32 pounds, 15 ounces. Albert Collins of Nacogdoches, Texas, who missed qualifying for the Classic by 1½ pounds in the 2014 championship, found redemption on the Ouachita River in 2015, winning with a final 3-day weight of 44 pounds, 15 ounces.
“(The Ouachita River) a large, expansive fishery with a lot of backwaters,” Stuart said. “It’s always good to go back to Monroe,” he said. “The host and the community really make us feel welcome.”
Scott Bruscato, Senior Vice President of Sales for the Monroe-West Monroe Convention and Visitors Bureau, welcomed B.A.S.S. Nation anglers to Louisiana.
“It is our privilege and honor to host this great event on the Ouachita River,” said Bruscato, “and we look (forward) to providing a terrific atmosphere at the tournament site.”