Lake Conroe to host Bass Pro Tour Major League fishing tournament

A major league fishing tournament is coming to Lake Conroe in February.

A major league fishing tournament is coming to Lake Conroe in February.

Conroe City Council voted unanimously to approve $20,000 from the hotel occupancy tax to market and host the Bass Pro Tour Major League Fishing Tournament at its meeting Dec. 13.

The tournament is planned to be held on Lake Conroe in February as the second venue for Major League Fishing's eight-event tour.

Shannon Overby, director of Visit Conroe visitors bureau, said at the Dec. 12 workshop the fishing tour could bring in $422,502 in direct spending of tourists there for the event.

"That doesn't take into account any media coverage we'd get, or the fact that they're looking at this being on rotation every three years," Overby said. "From all accounts they're very professional and already scouting the lake."

Many contestants on the tour's 80-person roster already have experience on the 21,000-acre Lake Conroe, but previous knowledge might not be a major factor during the 2019 competition because recent rains carried debris into the lake, creating new bass hideouts and brushpiles, according to a Major League Fishing news release.

"We’re excited about the fishing tournament they want to bring to lake Conroe," Conroe City Administrator Paul Virgadamo said after the Dec. 13 meeting. "That tends to bring, based on the studies, a lot of money with it, a lot of spending in the communities, in the hotels, so it has an economic impact on the community."

Learn more about the fishing tournament here.
By Jules Rogers
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Jules Rogers has been covering community journalism and urban trade news since 2014. She moved to Houston in June 2018 to become an editor with Community Impact Newspaper after four years of reporting for various newspapers affiliated with the Portland Tribune in Oregon, including two years at the Portland Business Tribune. Before that, Jules spent time reporting for the Grants Pass Daily Courier in Southern Oregon. Her favorite beats to cover are business, economic development and urban planning.