Bassmaster Elite Series Coming to Lake Chickamauga in Dayton in 2014

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Updated: 9/16/2013 10:48 pm

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The 2014 Bassmaster Elite Series promises to be one for the history books. The 100 or so Elite Series anglers who compete on the nation’s premier bass tournament circuit will visit rivers, reservoirs and natural lakes in 11 states as they vie for fame, fortune and a berth in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.

Several of the fisheries are steeped in B.A.S.S. lore, and the others soon will be.

“We’ve just finished an Elite Series season that saw record attendance, record Internet traffic and record media coverage,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin, “but we’re already looking forward to all that 2014 will hold.”

The Elite Series, which has included eight events for the past five years, will grow to nine tournaments next year, he added, and one of them will include a fan-attracting “BASSfest” reminiscent of the old summertime Bassmaster Classics and with a $1,000,000 prize purse.


 The Elites move east to Dayton, Tenn., and Chickamauga Lake, June 11-15, for the newest celebration of bass fishing, BASSfest. The weeklong, fan-friendly festival will be highlighted by Elite No. 6, to which some of the top Bassmaster Opens pros will be invited to test their skills against the best bass fishermen in the nation.

Dayton is known for the celebrated “Scopes Monkey Trial” of 1925, but to bass anglers, Chickamauga is famous as the site of the 1986 Bassmaster Classic won by the late Charlie Reed. Known for small, keeper bass back then, Chickamauga has “evolved” into one of the hottest big-bass fisheries in the nation, currently ranking sixth on the Bassmaster’s “100 Best Bass Lakes” list for 2013.Following is a list of 2014 Elite Series tournaments:

2014 Date

Tournament

Destination

Fishery

Feb. 21-23

Bassmaster Classic

Birmingham, Ala.

Lake Guntersville

March 13-16

Elite 1

Bainbridge, Ga.

Lake Seminole

March 20-23

Elite 2

Palatka, Fla.

St. Johns River

April 3-6

Elite 3

Branson, Mo.

Table Rock Lake

May 1-4

Elite 4

Many, La.

Toledo Bend Reservoir

May 15-18

Elite 5

Russellville, Ark.

Lake Dardanelle

June 11-15

Elite 6 - BASSFest

Dayton, Tenn.

Chickamauga Lake

Aug. 7-10

Elite 7

Philadelphia, Pa.

Delaware River

Aug. 21-24

Elite 8

Ithaca, N.Y.

Cayuga Lake

Sept. 18-21

AOY Championship

To Be Announced

To Be Announced

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