Bass fishing tournament announces Upstate location, predicts $1 million economic impact for area

Fishing League Worldwide announced that the 37th annual T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League tournament will be held on Lake Hartwell in 2020.

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The tournament, planned April 30-May 2, will showcase the nation’s best weekend anglers.

The Bassmaster Elite tournament is also held on Lake Hartwell.

Because BFL competitors are weekend anglers and not pros, the All-American tournament and its cash prize of $120,000 presents a unique opportunity for qualifiers.

The winner also gets an automatic slot in the FLW Cup.

The Anderson community is expected to be a big winner, thanks to the tournament, with an estimated $1 million economic impact.

“This announcement is a huge win for our county,” Neil Paul, executive director for Visit Anderson, said.

Lake Hartwell has never hosted an All-American Championship, but it has hosted numerous major FLW bass-fishing tournaments over the years, including four FLW tour events, two YETI FLW college fishing tournaments and 44 BFL qualifying events.

“We couldn’t be more excited to be bringing the 2020 BFL All-American to Lake Hartwell,” said Kathy Fennel, FLW president of operations. “We’ve had great success hosting tournaments in Anderson in the past and the attendance at our previous events has made bringing our All-American championship there an obvious choice.

“The bass fishing fans in South Carolina have always been extremely passionate and enthusiastic, and we’re proud to be bringing our championship event to them.”

Coverage of the 2020 All-American will be broadcast to more than 63 million cable, satellite and telecommunications households in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean on the World Fishing Network. FLW television is also distributed internationally to FLW partner countries, including Canada, China, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Spain and South Africa.

“We are very excited to be able to host the great folks from FLW at Green Pond Landing, Lake Hartwell and Anderson County for the 2020 BFL All American,” Paul said. “FLW has been an integral part of the growth and development of Green Pond and we are excited to have them back.”

The league features a boater/co-angler format with anglers competing in four one-day events and one two-day super-tournament to qualify for a regional championship.

Six regional championships, along with the BFL wild card tournament, each send six boaters and six co-anglers to the All-American tournament.

Bass fisherman Tim Frederick
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Bass fisherman Tim Frederick

The top boater and co-angler from each of the seven divisions at the 2020 TBF National Championship, along with both members of the second, third and fourth-place teams at the 2020 YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship also qualify, for a total playing field of 55 boaters and 55 co-anglers.

In addition to the $120,000 top boater award, the winning co-angler will earn $60,000 cash. In addition to the six-figure payday, the top boater will also receive an invitation to compete for the FLW Cup.

The complete schedule and rules for the 2020 BFL season will be announced this fall.

The full schedule and rules will be posted online at

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