When: Friday through Sunday
Where: Grand Lake O' the Cherokees
Launch site: Wolf Creek Park, 7 a.m. each day
Weigh-ins: BOK Center in Tulsa. Doors open at 3 p.m. each day
Anglers: It's a 53-man field that is cut to the top 25 for the final day of fishing on Sunday.
Oklahomans in the field: Edwin Evers of Talala, Tommy Biffle of Wagoner and Jason Christie of Park Hill
Top prize: $500,000 to the winner
Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo: Friday through Sunday at the Tulsa Convention Center. Hours are noon until 8 p.m. on Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Super Retriever Series: The dog jumping competition is Friday through Sunday at the Tulsa Convention Center. It begins at noon on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Daisy Inflatable Shooting Education Range: Friday through Sunday at the Tulsa Convention Center in the Outdoor Games Zone.
Timberworks Lumberjack Show: The timber skills contests will take place before the weigh-ins Saturday and Sunday at the BOK Center. Doors open at 3 p.m.
Carhartt Bassmaster College Series Exhibition: Two-man college teams from Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma will fish Sunday for a trophy with weigh-in at the BOK Center.
Gene Larew tour: The Tulsa bait company, located on the east side of Tulsa on historic Route 66, is having an open house Thursday and Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Visitors can watch and learn how Larew bass lures and Bobby Garland crappie baits are made. Also, previous Bassmaster Classic competitors and crappie pros will be at the open house to meet and visit with fans.
Also attending will be former Oklahoma State University football star and avid bass angler Rashaun Woods. For more information, visit www.GeneLarew.com.
ABOUT B.A.S.S. AND THE BASSMASTER CLASSIC
The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) was founded in 1967 by Montgomery, Ala., insurance salesman Ray Scott, who envisioned hundreds of bass anglers competing against each other in tournaments.
As a result, the hobby of bass fishing was transformed into a sport and big business. In 1967, Scott organized what is believed to be the first professional bass tournament on Beaver Lake in Arkansas.
In 1968, Bassmasters Magazine was first published, and three years later, Scott organized the first Bassmaster Classic. Bobby Murray of Hot Springs, Ark., was the inaugural champion and won $10,000.
Oklahoma has never officially hosted a Bassmaster Classic before. The 1979 Bassmaster Classic was held on Lake Texoma, but the tournament wasn't the headline-grabber that it is now.
And since the 25 anglers in the field were launching out of Pottsboro, Texas, it was considered a Texas tournament, even though most of Lake Texoma is in Oklahoma.