2019 will be busy on Lake Hartwell with multiple major fishing tournaments scheduled


LAKE HARTWELL, SC (WSPA) – It’s a New Year, but Lake Hartwell is still the same staple helping to build the Anderson Co. economy.

For the last five years, the Green Pond Landing facility has grown with construction underway right now to complete a set of bathrooms.

With the growth of the facility has come the increase of major fishing tournaments. In the next year, seven major tournaments including the Bassmaster Elite Series will take place on Lake Hartwell. 

All in all the economic impact for just these tournaments in 2019 is expected at 3.5 million dollars.

“The folks that stay in the hotels and eat in our restaurants and pay that hospitality and accommodations tax those monies are coming back into the county and for the residents helping keep our tax base lower,” said Neil Paul who is the Director of Visit Anderson.

The Anderson County officials tell 7News the major tournaments and professional anglers keep coming back because of the facilities and the kindness of the people who continues to invite them into their community.

The following are the major tournaments, dates and economic impact for the county for 2019 on Lake Hartwell.

Striped Bass Winter Classic

* January 5

* 125 Boats

* $400,000 Economic Impact

Bassmaster High School Eastern Open

* March 2

* 200+ Boats

* $487,215 Economic Impact

Bassmaster Elite Series

* April 4-7

* 156 Boats

* $2 Million Economic Impact

Fishers of Men Team Series National Championship

* April 11-13

* 125 Boats

* $400,000 Economic Impact

Crappie USA Tournament Trail

* May 4

* 50 Boats

* $20,000 Economic Impact

B.A.S.S. Nation Championship

* October, 2019

* 59 Boats

* $200,000 Economic Impact

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