The world championship of bass fishing — the 2017 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods — will be held in Houston for the first time in the event’s 47-year history.

The announcement was made during a press conference in Houston’s Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros and where 52 of the world’s best bass anglers will weigh their fish during the March 24-26, 2017, event.

The fishing competition will take place on Lake Conroe, a 21,000-acre impoundment of the San Jacinto River in Montgomery and Walker counties noted for producing big largemouth bass.