Border Battle Brewing! Rainy River Next Stop For Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit July 15, Presented by Mercury

Border Battle Brewing!
Rainy River Next Stop For Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit July 15

Presented by Mercury


Ponca City, Okla.—June 27, 2018—With two exciting smallmouth smashfests already under its belt for the 2018 season, the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit is headed to yet another one of the continent’s top bronzeback destinations—the famed Rainy River out of Baudette, Minnesota.

The iconic border water running between Ontario and the Gopher State will be the battleground as two-person teams from across the Midwest compete for thousands in cash and prizes July 15. Tournament boundaries include U.S.  waters ONLY of the Rainy from the Wheeler’s Point access upstream to the Nelson Park dock at Birchdale.

Launch and weigh-in are set for Willie Walleye Park in Baudette—and despite the park’s marble-eyed namesake, burly bass will take center stage as the region’s top anglers lock horns for cash and bragging rights.

“The Lake of the Woods area and Baudette, Minnesota, welcome the NABC to town,” said Joe Henry, executive director of Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau. “The famous Rainy River is known more for walleyes and sturgeon, but the river is also home to a huge population of smallmouth bass. A variety of structure and some big bass await anglers in the slow-rolling river, which encompasses 42 miles of feeder rivers, current breaks, reeds, bridge embankments, rocks, holes and humps—providing NABC teams with a ton of structure to figure out. Monster bass are often caught by unsuspecting walleye anglers, so it will be fun to see what happens when the bass are actually targeted. This will be one fun tournament.”

Along with great fishing and exciting competition in a professionally run setting, the Cabela’s NABC’s proven format rewards anglers with lucrative payouts that include a GUARANTEED first-place prize of $10,000 for any event with 50 teams or more. Plus, the NABC Big Bass Pot, Option Pot and sponsor contingencies including Ranger Cup, Garmin Grand Giveaway and T-H Marine Atlas Awards add thousands more to the total. For example, Michael Walters and Luke Ronnestrand pocketed more than $10,000 in winnings at the Sturgeon Bay Cabela’s NABC season opener.

As a bonus to anglers who fish multiple NABC events, at the conclusion of the 2018 season the NABC Team of the Year will be awarded a minimum $10,000 prize package, including the opportunity to advance to the 2019 National Bass Anglers Association National Championship on Table Rock Lake, to compete for thousands in cash and prizes, including a new Ranger Boat! The second- and third-place NABC teams from the season’s points standings will also be awarded prize packages and opportunities to compete in the NBAA championship.

Bass fans of all ages are invited to catch the excitement at the weigh-in, which begins at 2:30 p.m. at Willie Walleye Park in Baudette. If you can’t make it in person, watch the action live online at

Based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the Cabela’s NABC is open to two-person teams from all walks of life, regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. Entry fees are $500 per regular season tournament. Along with an overall payback to anglers well in excess of 100 percent, 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.

The 2018 Cabela’s NABC season includes five events on a mix of the Midwest’s finest largemouth and smallmouth bass destinations. Registration for the Rainy River tournament closes Monday, July 9 at 4 p.m.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is enjoying its eighth year as title sponsor of the Cabela’s NABC. Other sponsors include: Bass Pro Shops, Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Motor Guide, Garmin, T-H Marine, Blackfish and Faculty of Fishing. For complete details, visit, email, or call (580) 765-9031.