The 2021 Bassmaster Northern Open began this morning on Oneida Lake in Brewerton with 200 pro anglers from across 37 states and countries taking to the water in the hopes of reeling in the catch of the day.
It was a chilly start for boaters with temperatures in the mid-50s at the top of today's competition.
The competition is expected to inject about $200,000 into Onondaga County's economy. It will run from July 29-31.
Looking ahead, the Bassmasters has already committed to the North Country for the 2022 tournament in Clayton, according to a recent announcement from the pro fishing league.
“Another destination that has become a staple for the Elite Series, the St. Lawrence River (fourth overall, 100 Best Bass Lakes), will be the next stop," said the statement in part. "The event, which is likely to be dominated by big smallmouth, is scheduled for July 14-17 out of Clayton, N.Y. This will be the sixth-straight year the Elite Series has visited the St. Lawrence and the 21st time B.A.S.S. has called on the fishery to host a major event.”
For more photos of opening day, click here.