Meet top-tier anglers: Bass Pro Tour comes to Cayuga Lake with kickoff festival this weekend

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The Bass Pro Tour comes to Cayuga Lake next week, Aug. 6-11, for stage six of Major League Fishing’s (MLF) 2022 regular season. Eighty of the world’s best bass anglers will compete for a $805,000 purse, with a top payout of $100,000.

The last major professional bass fishing tournament held on Cayuga Lake was a Bassmaster Elite event in 2019.

Hosted by the Village of Union Springs, the six-day tournament includes MLF bass pros Kevin VanDam, Ott DeFoe, Jacob Wheeler, Jordan Lee, and reigning champion Bobby Lane. A festival kicks off the event for fans at noon on Saturday, in Frontenac Park in Union Springs.

The tournament will feature MLF’s catch, weigh, and immediate-release format. There’s a 2-pound minimum weight limit. Anglers catch as much weight as they can each day, and bags are continuously tracked on a live leader board, adding to the pressure.

“Cayuga is a really unique lake,” said Kevin VanDam, a pro angler from Kalamazoo, Michigan. VanDam praised the variety of…

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