Bass Pro Shops opens registration for its US Open National Bass Fishing Amateur Team Championship qualifying event at Lake Okeechobee


Lake Okeechobee will host 250 amateur fishing teams competing for the biggest prize in freshwater fishing next month. Bass Pro Shops last week announced a first-of its-kind amateur team tournament with a total guaranteed purse of $4.3 million.

Registration for the Lake Okeechobee qualifying event opened Wednesday, Feb. 10 for 24 hours only at, where interested anglers can also find more details about the tournament and a full list of rules.

With proceeds benefiting conservation and the future of fishing, the event is being created exclusively for amateurs including serious weekend tournament anglers, parents, grandparents, and youngsters, giving everyday anglers, friends, and families the chance to win big!

The top 40 finishers at the Lake Okeechobee regional qualifier will be eligible to fish the National Championship this fall at Big Cedar Lodge on famed Table Rock Lake in Missouri. The National Championship will be an internationally broadcast and feature 350 two-person teams competing for the ultimate $1 million prize, the largest payout in fishing tournament history.

Registration will be open for 24 hours from Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 10 a.m. (CT) through Thursday, Feb. 11 at 10 a.m. (CT).

The tournament is open to amateur anglers owning one of the world’s foremost boat brands – Tracker, Ranger, Nitro, Triton, Sun Tracker, Tahoe and MAKO brands. For a full list of qualifications, visit