CLAYTON — It’s official, the Bassmaster Elite Series will be returning to Clayton next year.
The B.A.S.S. fishing tournament series announced its 2022 schedule for the series Tuesday, and their lineup included a visit to Clayton from July 14 to 17 next year.
B.A.S.S. has hosted 21 different tournaments on the St. Lawrence River in its lifetime and has brought the Elite series to the river for the past six years, although usually downriver in Waddington.
The group first hosted an Elite competition in Clayton last year, after unexpectedly being unable to host their usual event in Waddington because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At that time, anglers who competed in the tournament expressed an interest in returning to Clayton again, with some saying it was the best bass fishing they had ever experienced.
The tournament returned to Waddington this year, but B.A.S.S. was no longer contractually obligated to work with the village after this year’s…