Lake County to enter more bass fishing tournaments – Central Florida News
This graph, provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, shows the number of anglers and tournament fishing days on Lake Harris in recent years.
Lake County is looking to continue its long, lucrative history of bass tournaments next year.
County commissioners will decide on Tuesday whether to commit $ 325,000 in tourism development funds to the effort.
Visit Lake Interim Director Steven Clenney says bass fishing is a historic staple of tourism in Lake County.
“It’s a fun fact that the Harris Chain of Lakes hosted the very first professional bass fishing tournament based in Leesburg in 1928,” he said.
And improving water quality have rejuvenated the industry.
In recent months, as the pandemic has forced cancellations elsewhere, Lake County has benefited from sporting events like bass tournaments.
Now he hopes to win five contracts for next year including Bassmaster, Major League Fishing and Big Bass Tour amateur events.
The bass tournaments would have an estimated economic impact of $ 5 million.