Bassmaster Open Series Returns to Muskogee April 19-21

Springtime is bringing some exciting events to Muskogee. From April 19-21 fishermen and women descend on the city as it hosts the Bassmaster Central Open Series. In addition, throughout all of April, visitors have an opportunity to enjoy the Azalea Festival in Honor Heights Park where flowering trees and amazing azaleas perform their annual colorful display.

            Three Forks Harbor and the Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce and Tourism are hosting the Bassmaster Open Series, held at Three Forks Harbor, 5201 Three Forks Road, in Fort Gibson. The Bassmaster Open was last in Muskogee in 2016, according to Ashley Wilbourn, director of tourism for the Chamber.

             The Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Open is a series of tournaments that tier up to the Bassmaster Classic and the Bassmaster Elite Series. It is divided into two regions: East and Central. Open fields are made up of pros and co-anglers.

            The event brings thousands of people to Muskogee over the course of the three- day event, Wilbourn said. “Three hundred fishermen from all across the United States as well as Japan and Australia compete.”

            “Muskogee is so excited to be welcoming the Bassmaster Open back to Muskogee. This event brings great exposure to Three Forks Harbor, and really allows us to showcase all that Muskogee has to offer visitors with all different interests.

            “Events of this nature do great things for the community by filling hotel rooms, restaurants and promoting shopping in Muskogee which means boosted lodging and sales tax. We estimate the tournament is set to bring in over one million dollars to Muskogee over the duration of the event.

            “We’re also excited to showcase the Bassmaster event during our annual Azalea Festival, when the weather is beautiful and the bass are biting.”

            Weigh-ins are open to the public and begin at 2:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Three Forks Harbor. Saturday’s final weigh-in is at 3:30 p.m.at the Bass Pro Shop in Broken Arrow.

            “Three Forks Harbor is a great asset for Muskogee as it provides public access to some of the best fishing and waterways year round,” Wilbourn said.

            More information is available at visitmuskogee.com


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