Zimmerman, MN – The Champions Tour, the Midwest’s most exciting and prestigious bass tournament trail is pleased to announce that the 2020 tournament schedule has been finalized. Once again, Champions Tour anglers will be competing on five of the most exciting smallmouth and largemouth bass fisheries in the Midwest.
The season will begin on Friday, June 5th on Pool 4 of the Mississippi River, going out of Lake City, Minnesota. This will mark the first time the Champions Tour has hosted an event on the river. Next on the schedule is another first. On June 19th, anglers will visit Prior Lake, a well-known largemouth factory just south of the Twin Cities.
Following a successful and exciting event on Lake Vermilion in 2019, the Tour will return to Fortune Bay Casino for its third event of the season on July 31st.
The final event of the 2020 Champions Tour schedule will be on August 21st and for the first time the Champions Tour will be headed out of state and going to Wisconsin for an event. The fifty Champions Tour anglers will be competing on the Chippewa Flowage, where the event will be hosted and presented by Treelands Resort.
At the conclusion of these four tournaments the top 30 anglers will qualify to fish the Champions Tour Championship on September 4th where they will be awarded with the opportunity to fish for a Skeeter bass boat valued at nearly $50,000. The location of this prestigious event will be announced in August.
“We’re very excited about the 2020 schedule,” stated Scott Bonnema, Owner of the Champions Tour. “Putting together a well-rounded tournament schedule is not an easy task, but I love what we’ve done for the upcoming season. It’s a great mix a new water for our anglers along with proven high-quality destinations such as Lake Vermilion.”
Other notable announcements regarding the Champions Tour in 2020 include a new minimum size for all legal bass. Instead of measuring and potentially harming fish that are in question, a new minimum of 1lb will be the standard. Now boat marshals will be able to determine if the fish is legal and record its weight all at the same time on their Rapala scales, greatly speeding up the entire catch-weigh-release process.
Champions Tour anglers will be required to fish three events in 2020 in order to solidify their spot on the tour. Anglers will see an opportunity for increased payouts based on a full 50 boat field as well.
At each tournament, fans of the Champions Tour are able to track a live leaderboard and follow along with the action via the Champions Tour LiveWell App, which displays each and every bass the angler’s catch. Live footage will also be running continuously throughout the day on classicbass.com and the Classic Bass Facebook page.
To learn more about the Champions Tour or to look back at results, video and photos from the 2019 events, please visit www.ClassicBass.com .