LAUGHLIN – The 40th WON BASS U.S. Open will be held October 10-12. Due to historic low water levels, the event will be held on a body of water other than Lake Mead. The event will be based at the Edgewater Casino in Laughlin, Nev., where the Sponsor’s Expo will also be held.
Daily Takeoffs and weigh-ins will occur at Katherine Landing at Lake Mohave Marina, in Bullhead City. Both the Sponsor’s Expo and the inaugural WON BASS Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be open to the public.
WON BASS Tournament Director Billy Egan said that the initial letdown of not being able to compete the U.S. Open on Lake Mead was tempered by the enthusiastic support of the new host city. “We wouldn’t have foreseen competing the WON BASS U.S. Open anywhere other than Lake Mead, but the historic low water conditions forced a move,” said Egan. “The Laughlin Tourism Commission, Visit Laughlin, the Edgewater Casino and other area hotels have really embraced the event, offered up their world class facilities and partnered with us to help the event maintain the legacy it has been known for; we are grateful for their help in making this happen, and they made it an easy as possible transition.”
The registration and sponsor showcase event will be held on Sunday, October 9 from 2 to 5 p.m. and will feature dozens of vendor booths showcasing their wares for both anglers and attendees.
The 2022 WON BASS Hall of Fame inductions ceremony will occur immediately following the conclusion of 2022 Sponsor’s Expo.
Individuals being inducted in this inaugural class are three-time U.S. Open Champion Mike Folkestad, two-time U.S. Open Champion and four-time Bassmaster Classic Champion Rick Clunn, Don Iovino, renowned electronics expert, lure maker and innovator of techniques as a professional angler, Bill Rice, former longtime Western Outdoor News and WON BASS Editor, and Mark Nicoletti, expert Mercury Marine Service Technician who has served the Open fields at more than 30 U.S. Opens.
The three-day long Bass Cat / Mercury WON BASS U.S. Open will begin October 10, with a champion being crowned on October 12 at the conclusion of the final weigh-in. Takeoff with 200 pro and 200 AAA anglers will commence at safe light and weigh-ins will occur in the afternoons each day. Takeoff and weigh-ins will be held at Katherine Landing at Lake Mohave Marina, Bullhead City.
Pro Anglers in the 2022 U.S. Open will be competing for a Champion’s prize package that will include cash and a 2023 Bass Cat Cougar FTD powered by a Mercury ProXS 250 outboard, equipped with Power Pole Shallow Water Anchoring System and Next Gen Lithium Batteries, a package valued at more than $85,000.
The 2022 WON Bass U.S. Open Sponsor Expo and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held October 9 at the E-Center Convention Center in Laughlin.
For more information go to wonbass.com.