An electric energy filled the bass fishing world when Knoxville, Tenn., was announced as the host city for this year’s GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. The venue, at the headwaters of the hallowed Tennessee River, would be a Classic first. The weigh-in site, at the palatial Thompson-Boling Arena, would be located just steps away from the takeoff ramp. And the city itself gave bass fishing fans from the Southeast, Midwest and East Coast an easy-to-reach destination for three full days in mid-March.
By now, thousands of B.A.S.S. fans have booked their rooms and planned their routes to Knoxville for the world’s grandest fishing tournament. With three days to soak in the sites, Tennessee’s third largest city offers plenty of opportunities for a break in between the Bassmaster Classic Outdoor Expo presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods, takeoffs and weigh-ins.
Here are 13 things to do in Knoxville during the Bassmaster Classic.