The Bassmaster Elite Series is the highest level of professional bass fishing tournaments. Competitors must qualify for the series through the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens or the B.A.S.S. Nation, and anglers who are already on the Elite Series must re-qualify each year by maintaining enough points throughout the season. The pro anglers compete all season for the opportunity to win points toward the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year award and to qualify for the Bassmaster Classic.
Only 111 anglers will compete in the 2016 season, which consists of nine tournaments plus a Classic Bracket event.
The series was founded in 2006. Its predecessors were the Bassmaster Tour, Top 150 and Top 100.