Will Jordan Lee Go 3 for 3 at the 2019 Bassmaster Classic

Who Will Tackle this Years Bassmaster Classic


Winter 2019

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he 2019 Bassmaster Classic will take place March

15-17 on the Tennessee River out of Knoxville,

with the playing field extending to Tellico and Fort Loudoun Lakes.

While B.A.S.S. has never held a professional event on

these precise waters, they’ve certainly had plenty of events

on other sections of this river’s productive span, and some

of the former FLW Tour pros have competed on the Classic

waters in tour-level competition.

So, if you’re looking to pick a fantasy team or

prognosticating about the likely winner, there’s not much to

go on. Every one of these anglers beat tough competition to

get here, and they’re all capable of winning a one-off event

under any conditions. Nevertheless, there are certain factors that should come into play.

Here are six things to consider as the event approaches:


The Classic was moved to February in 2006, and then to March in 2015, presumably to open up more venue options and to avoid crippling cold weather.

That first March Classic at Hartwell was brutally cold; but, the last three have been held under Chamber of Commerce conditions. Knoxville is at a high elevation, close to the Smoky Mountains, and is more likely to experience

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Knoxville and the Tennessee River

Photo: Andrew Ciscel