2016 Elite Series schedule

The greatest fishermen in the world will face these challenges as they compete in the 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series.

The 2016 Elite Series travels familiar roads and a few new ones for the 2016 season. Here's a look at where you can find the best fishermen in the world next year.
Photo: The 2016 Elite Series travels familiar roads and a few new ones for the 2016 season. Here's a look at where you can find the best fishermen in the world next year. - The 2016 Elite Series travels familiar roads and a few new ones for the 2016 season. Here's a look at where you can find the best fishermen in the world next year.
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Photo: Chris Mitchell - .big .normal Bassmaster Elite at St. Johns RiverPalatka, Fla.March 17-20
Recent Elite Series winners on the St. Johns River include Chris Lane (2014) and Alton Jones (2012).
Photo: Recent Elite Series winners on the St. Johns River include Chris Lane (2014) and Alton Jones (2012). - Recent Elite Series winners on the St. Johns River include Chris Lane (2014) and Alton Jones (2012).
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Photo: Wikipedia - Bassmaster Elite at Winyah BayGeorgetown, S.C.April 7-10
Winyah Bay was the location of the 2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional.
Photo: Winyah Bay was the location of the 2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional. - Winyah Bay was the location of the 2015 Old Milwaukee B.A.S.S. Nation Southern Divisional.
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Photo: Seigo Saito - Bassmaster Elite at Bull Shoals/NorforkMountain Home, Ark.April 21-24
In this unique event  the field will fish on Bull Shoals to the west of Mountain Home on Day 1, then on Lake Norfork to the east on Day 2. On Day 3, the top 50 will fish on Bull Shoals. On the final day, the top 12 will fish Lake Norfork. <a href=
In this unique event the field will fish on Bull Shoals to the west of Mountain Home on Day 1, then on Lake Norfork to the east on Day 2. On Day 3, the top 50 will fish on Bull Shoals. On the final day, the top 12 will fish Lake Norfork. Read More about this special event.
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Photo: Seigo Saito - Bassmaster Elite on Wheeler LakeDecatur, Ala.April 28- May 1
Wheeler's last appearance on the Elite Series was 2011 with a win by David Walker. In 2009, Tommy Biffle took home the trophy. Before that, Jeremy Starks won on this Tennessee River fishery in 2008.
Photo: Wheeler's last appearance on the Elite Series was 2011 with a win by David Walker. In 2009, Tommy Biffle took home the trophy. Before that, Jeremy Starks won on this Tennessee River fishery in 2008. - Wheeler's last appearance on the Elite Series was 2011 with a win by David Walker. In 2009, Tommy Biffle took home the trophy. Before that, Jeremy Starks won on this Tennessee River fishery in 2008.
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Photo: Seigo Saito - Bassmaster Elite at Toledo BendMany, La.May 12-15
In 2014, Jacob Powroznik won on Toledo Bend on his way to a Rookie of the Year title. Two years before that, Brent Chapman won there during his Angler of the Year campaign.
Photo: In 2014, Jacob Powroznik won on Toledo Bend on his way to a Rookie of the Year title. Two years before that, Brent Chapman won there during his Angler of the Year campaign. - In 2014, Jacob Powroznik won on Toledo Bend on his way to a Rookie of the Year title. Two years before that, Brent Chapman won there during his Angler of the Year campaign.
For 2016, BASSfest heads to a historic lake on the Oklahoma/Texas border.
Photo: For 2016, BASSfest heads to a historic lake on the Oklahoma/Texas border. - For 2016, BASSfest heads to a historic lake on the Oklahoma/Texas border.
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Photo: wikipedia - .big .normal BASSfest at Lake TexomaDurant, Okla.June 8-12
Lake Texoma, an 89,000-acre impoundment of the Red River, was the site of the 1979 Bassmaster Classic and a venue for Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens in 2007 and 2010.
Lake Texoma, an 89,000-acre impoundment of the Red River, was the site of the 1979 Bassmaster Classic and a venue for Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens in 2007 and 2010.
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Bassmaster Elite at Cayuga LakeUnion Springs, N.Y.June 23-26
Greg Hackney probably has fond memories of this finger lake. In 2014, he won here on his way to securing his first Angler of the Year title.
Photo: Greg Hackney probably has fond memories of this finger lake. In 2014, he won here on his way to securing his first Angler of the Year title. - Greg Hackney probably has fond memories of this finger lake. In 2014, he won here on his way to securing his first Angler of the Year title.
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Photo: Bosintang - .big .normal Bassmaster Classic Bracket at Niagara RiverBuffalo, N.Y.July 20-22
The Top 8 from the Cayuga Lake Elite event will go head-to-head in a bracket format tournament that will pay $50,000 in cash and award a guaranteed slot in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic. For the first time ever in Bassmaster competition, competitors will have their catches weighed instantly on the water by judges, and the bass will be released back into the water at the spots where they were caught. Only the heaviest five bass per angler will be counted.
Photo: The Top 8 from the Cayuga Lake Elite event will go head-to-head in a bracket format tournament that will pay $50,000 in cash and award a guaranteed slot in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic. For the first time ever in Bassmaster competition, competitors will have their catches weighed instantly on the water by judges, and the bass will be released back into the water at the spots where they were caught. Only the heaviest five bass per angler will be counted. - The Top 8 from the Cayuga Lake Elite event will go head-to-head in a bracket format tournament that will pay $50,000 in cash and award a guaranteed slot in the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic. For the first time ever in Bassmaster competition, competitors will have their catches weighed instantly on the water by judges, and the bass will be released back into the water at the spots where they were caught. Only the heaviest five bass per angler will be counted.
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Photo: Wikipedia - Bassmaster Elite at Potomac RiverCharles County, Md. August 11-14
The action of this Elite will begin south of Washington, D.C., in Charles County. In 2006, Kelly Jordon won an Elite Series event here. The following year, Skeet Reese took home the trophy.
Photo: The action of this Elite will begin south of Washington, D.C., in Charles County. In 2006, Kelly Jordon won an Elite Series event here. The following year, Skeet Reese took home the trophy. - The action of this Elite will begin south of Washington, D.C., in Charles County. In 2006, Kelly Jordon won an Elite Series event here. The following year, Skeet Reese took home the trophy.
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Photo: Seigo Saito - Bassmaster Elite at Mississippi RiverLa Crosse, Wis.Sept. 8-11
The Elite Series last visited this part of the Mississippi River in 2012 and 2013, with Tommy Biffle and Todd Faircloth taking home first place.
Photo: The Elite Series last visited this part of the Mississippi River in 2012 and 2013, with Tommy Biffle and Todd Faircloth taking home first place. - The Elite Series last visited this part of the Mississippi River in 2012 and 2013, with Tommy Biffle and Todd Faircloth taking home first place.
The $1 million Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship once again will include the Top 50 Elite anglers based on their AOY points rankings, and it will determine the 2016 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year as well as 38 or more qualifiers for the 2017 Bassmaster Classic.
Photo: The $1 million Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship once again will include the Top 50 Elite anglers based on their AOY points rankings, and it will determine the 2016 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year as well as 38 or more qualifiers for the 2017 Bassmaster Classic. - The $1 million Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship once again will include the Top 50 Elite anglers based on their AOY points rankings, and it will determine the 2016 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year as well as 38 or more qualifiers for the 2017 Bassmaster Classic.
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Photo: Paul Stafford - .big .normal Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship at Mille LacsOnamia, Minn.Sept. 15-18
The state of Minnesota relaxed regulations restricting culling of bass in major tournaments in hopes of inducing B.A.S.S. or another tournament organization to schedule an event there.
Photo: The state of Minnesota relaxed regulations restricting culling of bass in major tournaments in hopes of inducing B.A.S.S. or another tournament organization to schedule an event there. - The state of Minnesota relaxed regulations restricting culling of bass in major tournaments in hopes of inducing B.A.S.S. or another tournament organization to schedule an event there.