Top Fishing Tournaments in Branson

With three pristine lakes, the Branson Area hosts many fishing tournaments and events throughout the year. Take a look at what's happening in 2022!

men fishing on table rock lake

The Branson Area is no stranger to outdoor sports and activities. With three pristine lakes and stunning Ozarks scenery, Branson is an obvious choice for fishing tournaments that invite outdoorsmen and women from all over the country each year. With the World's Fishing Fair taking place in March to celebrate 50 years of Bass Pro Shops, this year is sure to be a big one in the sport of fishing for the Ozarks!

Major League Fishing, Abu Garcia College Tournament

April 8, 2022 | 6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Major League Fishing (MLF) College Fishing provides more tournaments with bigger fields and a higher payout than any other collegiate fishing series, thus touching more anglers year in and year out than any other circuit.

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Major League Fishing, U.S. Army High School Tournament

April 9, 2022 | 6:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

MLF High School Fishing, presented by Favorite Fishing, offers high school anglers with scholarship and advancement opportunities to compete in the 2021 Toyota Series Championship. The top ten percent of teams in each high school fishing tournament will advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, featuring national television coverage on the Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network.

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Bass Pro Shops Kevin VanDam Big Bass Classic, Presented by Explore Branson

April 10, 2022 | All day

Bass Pro Shops/Cabela's Big Bass Tour is powered by Mercury. Founded in 2010, the Big Bass Tour is the nation's premier big bass tournament series. The Table Rock tour stop is the Kevin VanDam Big Bass Classic, presented by Explore Branson, and will have $136,525 in guaranteed prizes and payouts.

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Two men bass fishing on Table Rock Lake in Branson.

Bass Pro U.S. Open Bowfishing Championship

April 30-May 1, 2022 | 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

The premier championship in the rapidly growing sport of bowfishing, the Bass Pro Shops U.S. Open Bowfishing Championship will return to the Ozarks from April 30-May 1, 2022. The ninth annual competition will be hosted at the Bass Pro Shops Shooting Academy in Ridgedale, MO with official tournament waters on Table Rock Lake, Truman Lake and Bull Shoals Lake. The popular event is open to the first 250 teams to register and offers the largest payout of any bowfishing tournament, providing a $100,000 guaranteed total purse of cash and prizes and $25,000 grand prize.

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National Youth Fishing Association's (NYFA) Pro Team Association Tournament

May 7, 2022 | 6:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Pro-Team Association Tournament (PTA) is a division of the National Youth Fishing Association/TA, Inc. which is a not-for-profit organization designed to continue children's education through the sport of bass fishing and to offer a higher level of competitive team fishing. They encourage all middle and high school students to participate in their scholarship programs.

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National Youth Fishing Association's (NYFA) Missouri Division Tournament

May 8, 2022 | All day

National Youth Fishing Association created fishing circuits for middle and high school fishing clubs. This includes three qualifying tournaments in each state division with a championship in June. This is a great opportunity for the students to hone their skills with a competitive edge and promote the sport of bass fishing to young anglers.

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Law on the Lake Bass Tournament

May 10, 2022 | 6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

National Law Enforcement Week is proud to announce their fourth annual Law On The Lake Buddy Bass Tournament in 2022. It's a great opportunity to spend a day fishing, win prizes, and support the men and women of law enforcement.

Registration is open to all boaters with a valid Missouri fishing permit. Minimum age of 18 is required unless partnered with a parent, spouse or guardian.

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NYFA Table Rock Lake Open Shootout

September 11, 2022 | All day

The Table Rock Lake Open Shootout will take place in September 2022. Check back for more details!

Branson Crappie Expo and Mr. Crappie Classic Tournament

October 29-31, 2022

The Crappie Expo that first came to Branson in 2020 is back by popular demand with even more thrills and excitement for fishing enthusiasts than before. In years past, there have been boat and tackle manufacturers showing and selling their products, tackle dealers offering the latest and greatest fishing gear, expert instruction from top fishing pros, daily music concerts, and the world's largest fish fry. There will also be a drawing for a free Ranger boat!

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