The Pan American Sportfishing Federation has chosen Hot Springs to host the 2023 Pan American Bass Championships. USA Bass announced the event will take place on Lake Ouachita.
USA Bass Team Manager, John Knight said, “We are excited about hosting the Pan American at such an iconic location. We expect teams from all over the Americas to attend. It will be a huge leap forward for competitive sport fishing and will get us closer to our goal of making bass fishing an Olympic sport. Hot Springs has hosted several FLW Forrest Wood Cup championships and is known as one of America’s premier bass fishing destinations,” Knight added.
The 2023 Pan American Bass Championships will showcase a growing rivalry between Canada and the United States teams as the two countries have traded wins in the previous Pan American Championships. Mexico will also field a strong team, and Costa Rica has made the podium in the past.
The USA Bass team will consist of top anglers from MLF and B.A.S.S.
“Our team will be a diverse collection of America’s best bass anglers,” says USA Bass President, Tony Forte. “We will
be announcing team members as they are selected by the USA Bass competition committee.”
USA Bass is part of USAngling, a 501c3 charitable organization that supports the USA Bass team as they compete in Pan-American and World Championship fishing events around the globe.