2021 Bassmaster Classic notes: When and where to watch, location, who is competing, previous champions

Josh Rouse
Topeka Capital-Journal
Hank Cherry Jr., of Lincolnton, N.C., will look to defend his 2020 Bassmaster Classic title next weekend, June 11-13, at Lake Ray Roberts in Fort Worth, Texas.

2021 BASSMASTER CLASSIC TV SCHEDULE

The 2021 Bassmaster Classic will take place next weekend, June 11-13, on Lake Ray Roberts in Fort Worth, Texas.

Day 2 of the event will air live on FOX beginning at 7 a.m. CT Saturday, June 12, with Day 3 coverage starting at 7 a.m. CT on FS1.

2021 BASSMASTER CLASSIC QUALIFIERS

The lineup for the event includes 54 anglers from across the world. Those who will be competing are: 

• Hank Cherry Jr., Lincolnton, N.C.

• Clark Wendlandt, Leander, Texas

• David Mullins, Mt. Carmel, Tenn.

• Patrick Walters, Summerville, S.C.

• Brock Mosley, Collinsville, Miss.

• Jake Whitaker, Fairview, N.C.

• Scott Canterbury, Odenville, Ala.

• Austin Felix, Eden Prairie, Minn.

• Stetson Blaylock, Benton, Ark.

• Brandon Palaniuk, Rathdrum, Idaho

• Kyle Welcher, Opelika, Ala.

• Buddy Gross, Chickamauga, Ga.

• Seth Feider, New Market, Minn.

• Hunter Shryock, Newcomerstown, Ohio

• Steve Kennedy, Auburn, Ala.

• Frank Talley, Temple, Texas

• Cory Johnston, Cavan, Canada

• John Cox, DeBary, Fla.

• Drew Cook, Midway, Fla.

• Todd Auten, Lake Wylie, S.C.

• Chris Zaldain, Fort Worth, Texas

• Matt Arey, Shelby, N.C.

• Chad Morgenthaler, Reeds Spring, Mo.

• Taku Ito, Chiba, Japan

• Jamie Hartman, Russellville, Ark.

• Brandon Lester, Fayetteville, Tenn.

• Clent Davis, Montevallo, Ala.

• Matt Herren, Ashville, Ala.

• Brad Whatley, Bivins, Texas

• Luke Palmer, Coalgate, Okla.

• Jeff Gustafson, Keewatin, Canada

• Paul Mueller, Naugatuck, Conn.

• Ed Loughran III, Richmond, Va.

• Chris Johnston, Peterborough, Canada

• Brandon Card, Salisbury, N.C.

• Micah Frazier, Newnan, Ga.

• Chad Pipkens, Lansing, Mich.

• Jason Williamson, Wagener, S.C.

• Drew Benton, Blakely, Ga.

• Bill Lowen, Brookville, Ind.

• Brandon Cobb, Greenwood, S.C.

• Shane LeHew, Catawba, N.C.

• Bryan New, Belmont, N.C.

• Matthew Robertson, Central City, Ky.

• Keith Carson, DeBary, Fla.

• Masayuki Matsushita, Tokoname Aichi, Japan

• Cody Bird, Granbury, Texas

• Chris Jones, Okla.

• Tommy Williams, Shepherdsville, Ky.

• Pat Schlapper, Eleva, Wis.

• Blake Sylvester, Plaquemine, La.

• Jestin Kerr, Lake Havasu, Ariz.

• Trevor McKinney, McKendree University*

• Jordan Wiggins, Cullman, Ala.

*2020 Carhartt College Classic Bracket qualifier

PREVIOUS BASSMASTER CLASSIC CHAMPIONS

There have been 50 Bassmaster Classic events held so far, with several multiple-time champions, including Rick Clunn and Kevin VanDam with four apiece. Jordan Lee, Bobby Murray, Hank Parker and George Cochran have each won twice.

Following are the list of Bassmaster Classic champions by year:

2020 — Hank Cherry

2019 — Ott Defore

2018 — Jordan Lee

2017 — Jordan Lee

2016 — Edwin Evers

2015 — Casey Ashley

2014 — Randy Howell

2013 — Cliff Pace

2012 — Chris Lane

2011 — Kevin VanDam

2010 — Kevin VanDam

2009 — Skeet Reese

2008 — Alton Jones

2007 — Boyd Duckett

2006 — Luke Clausen

2005 — Kevin VanDam

2004 — Takahiro Omori

2003 — Michael Iaconelli

2002 — Jay Yelas

2001 — Kevin VanDam

2000 — Woo Daves

1999 — Dave Hite

1998 — Denny Brauer

1997 — Dion Hibdon

1996 — George Cochran

1995 — Mark Davis

1994 — Bryan Kerchal

1993 — David Fritts

1992 — Robert Hamilton Jr.

1991 — Ken Cook

1990 — Rick Clunn

1989 — Hank Parker

1988 — Guido Hibdon

1987 — George Cochran

1986 — Charlie Reed

1985 — Jack Chancellor

1984 — Rick Clunn

1983 — Larry Nixon 

1982 — Paul Elias

1981 — Stanley Mitchell

1980 — Bo Dowden

1979 — Hank Parker

1978 — Bobby Murray

1977 — Rick Clunn

1976 — Rick Clunn

1975 — Jack Hains

1974 — Tommy Martin

1973 — Rayo Brenckenridge

1972 — Don Butler

1971 — Bobby Murray