St. Lawrence Day 3: 2017 through 2019 – a comparison

As noted since Day 1, this year’s Elite Series tournament, as predicted by the anglers, isn’t matching the record-breaking totals from last year’s event on the St. Lawrence River. You can’t expect to have “the greatest smallmouth tournament in the history of man,” as the 2018 event was deemed, every year.

But a trend continues to be revealed in the numbers: This year’s tournament totals are exceeding what were then considered eye-popping numbers from 2017. The St. Lawrence River is proving its ranking as the No. 1 bass fishery in the U.S., according to Bassmaster magazine. 

The following are the Day 3 totals from the last three years of Elite Series tournaments:

St. Lawrence River – Day 3 – 2017-2019

201720182019
Anglers515035
Limits caught514735
Total bass weighed-in255242175
Total weight917-6914-4649-1
Average weight per bass3.603.783.71
Big bag23-12 23-923-15
Big bass5-85-146-0
Bags of 20lbs or more13219
10th place60-8 66-861-11
20th place56-963-657-11
35th place53-1058-1352-15