Tri-Cities will still get to host a pro fishing tournament this summer

Tri-Cities will still get to host a pro fishing tournament this summer

The West Coast’s “premiere bass tournament circuit” is coming to the Tri-Cities this summer.

The Columbia River Pro Am, part of the Wild West Bass Trail, will be held at the Columbia Point Marina in Richland on June 21-23.

“It’s shining a spotlight on world-class fishing right here in our community,” said Michael Novakovich, president and CEO of Visit Tri-Cities. “It really puts us on the radar for other national tournaments so we’re really excited about that.”

Earlier this year, the Bassmaster Elite Series, which had planned to hold a tournament in Tri-Cities, announced they would no longer be able to do so due to finances. The WWBT tournament will be held that same weekend in its place.

“I just had a Pacific Northwest angler reach out to me and he was so excited that we’re going to have this tournament here, said Novakovich. “He mentioned that it’s hard to travel and participate on a professional level because it’s so expensive.”

The tournament will feature professional and amateur anglers, and it is expected to draw 260 competitors in total. The anglers traveling in from outside of Tri-Cities are expected to bring in around a quarter of a million dollars to the local economy.

For more information on the event, click here.

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