Waddington, Potsdam to be sites of 2019 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series event in June
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 12:05 pm

Clarkson student Benjamin Seaman, president of the Clarkson Bass Fishing Club, is pictured with Clarkson President Tony Collins.

POTSDAM — This summer, hundreds of collegiate anglers will bring their boats and fishing gear up to the North Country to take part in the Northeast Regional Competition in the 2019 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series presented by Bass Pro Shops.

The competition will take place on the St. Lawrence River in Waddington and at Clarkson University June 18-21. The events are open to collegiate anglers from across the country. The public is welcome to participate in some of the scheduled activities. Clarkson is hosting the tournament, with events both in Waddington and Potsdam.

The Bassmasters Elite Series already has a home in Waddington during August, and Waddington Village Mayor Janet Otto-Cassada is excited about the impact the additional Bassmaster’s collegiate tournament will bring to the area. “Now that the professional fishing world has discovered the quality of the St. Lawrence River, the sky is the limit. These tournaments will have a big economic impact on the area, and will inspire the next generation of fishermen and their fans,” she said.

“As the host institution selected for the Bassmaster’s Northeast Regional Competition in June 2019, Clarkson University looks forward to sharing with the field of competitors all of the reasons why New York’s North Country is one of the special places on the planet to live, study, work, and visit,” said Clarkson University President Anthony G. Collins, who also co-chairs the North Country Regional Economic Development Council.

“Clarkson University and the other colleges in our local area are strong economic drivers that bring unique opportunities to our region,” said Potsdam Village Mayor Reinhold “Ron” Tischler.

“With the Adirondack Mountains and St. Lawrence River Valley in our backyard, Clarkson University is well known among outdoor enthusiasts for its access to great hiking, mountain biking, hunting, and fishing – especially world-class bass fishing,” said Benjamin Seaman, president and founder of Clarkson’s Bass Fishing Club.

Last August at the Bassmasters Elite Series, a new Elite record was set for the heaviest daily limit of smallmouth bass—27 pounds, 12 ounces.

“This will be the final stop on the 2019 College Tour,” said Hank Weldon, B.A.S.S. senior manager. “We have seen the caliber smallmouth the St. Lawrence River can produce when our Elite Series has held an event there. In addition to the fishing, our friends at Clarkson University and in Potsdam are rolling out the red carpet for the anglers.”

There will be three other collegiate tours held in 2019, in North Carolina, Alabama, and Arkansas. The St. Lawrence River tour is the final one of the year before the college championships in July.