$1M Bassmaster Classic to cast off close to Louisiana in 2017 _lowres

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The 2017 Bassmaster Classic will be held within driving distance of south Louisiana bass fishing fans after B.A.S.S. and Harris County-Houston Sports Authority executives announced the 47th Classic will be held on Lake Conroe with daily weigh-ins set for the Houston Astros home stadium, Minute Maid Park in downtown Houston.

The Classic is set for March 24-26, 2017, and marks the first Classic move on Texas waters since 1979 when Hank Parker won the Classic first venture into Texas on Lake Texoma, a reservoir on the Texas-Oklahoma border.

The Bassmaster Classic Outdoor Expo, which runs on the same days as the Classic, will be held in the George R. Brown Convention Center.

The Classic carries a $1 million purse with the champion taking home $300,000.