Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Tests The Waters Of Wisconsin’s Lake Wissota July 30 Presented by Mercury

Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Tests
The Waters Of Wisconsin’s Lake Wissota July 30

Presented by Mercury

For Immediate Release –

Ponca City, Okla.—July 16, 2016—Exciting team-format competitive bass action of the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit comes to Wisconsin’s legendary Lake Wissota July 30 for a regular-season qualifying tournament presented by Mercury.

The event is open to all two-person teams regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. It offers a single day of competition on the 6,100-acre Chippewa County fishery, which holds both large- and smallmouth bass. Teams will be allowed to bring their best five large- or smallmouth bass to the scale, and the team with the heaviest total will be crowned the champions.

“This is going to be an exciting event,” said Sr. Tournament Director Dan Palmer. “The bite can be tricky, but the big ones are there. Both the lake and Chippewa River are in play, giving anglers plenty of options to figure out the bites.”

Palmer predicted NABC competitors will hook a mix of bass species leaning toward bronzebacks. “The system tends to give up mostly smallmouths, with bonus largemouths thrown in to keep it interesting,” he said. “It took over 17 pounds to win a recent local tournament on Wissota, so I think we’ll see some good bags come to the scale.”

Palmer noted that Lake Wissota has hosted numerous tournaments over the years, including regional and national championships. “Wissota is a great place to test your skills,” he said. “I encourage any teams out there thinking about fishing the NABC to give this one a try.”

Besides great bass fishing and the thrill of competing in a professionally run setting, teams will vie for serious cash and bragging rights. Cabela’s NABC payouts are based on the number of teams entered in each event. Qualifiers with 75 teams or more offer a guaranteed first-place cash purse of $10,000 plus additional payout to the top 20 percent of the field. Plus, the NABC Big Bass Pot, along with sponsor bonuses including Ranger Cup, Stratos 2X and Garmin Grand Giveaway add thousands to the total.

The 2016 Cabela’s NABC season includes four qualifiers in Minnesota and Wisconsin, visiting a variety of largemouth and smallmouth bass fisheries at peak fishing times. After Lake Wissota, the regular schedule concludes on the world-class smallmouth bass factory of Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, August 13. The Cabela’s NABC Championship is set for October 1-2 at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Teams may fish one or all qualifiers, but those competing in multiple events can reap even greater rewards. Those fishing at least three NABC tournaments have a shot at qualifying for the prestigious, high-stakes Cabela’s NABC World Bass Championship, which offers $15,000 for first place and $10,000 for second, based on full fields at the qualifiers and championship.

Team of the Year titles will also be awarded to the top five teams, led by a $3,600 prize package for the overall Team of the Year, which includes paid entry fees to all four 2017 qualifiers and the 2016 championship, $1,000 in Cabela’s gift cards and handsome trophies.

Bass fans of all ages are invited to watch the action unfold at the weigh-in, which is free, open to the public, and starts at 3 p.m. at The View in Chippewa Falls.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its sixth season as title sponsor of the NABC. Other sponsors include: Ranger Boats, Stratos Boats, Mercury Marine, Garmin, MotorGuide, G-Juice and T-H Marine.

The Cabela’s NABC is based in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Entry fees are $500 per regular season tournament and $600 for the two-day championship. Along with an overall payback of more than 116 percent in 2015, a small donation is included in each entry fee and matched by the NABC and other conservation organizations up to 3-to-1 in support of bass conservation projects anywhere the NABC does business.

Registration for the Lake Wissota tournament closes Monday, July 25. For more information, visit, email, or call (580) 765-9031.