Bass Pro Shops Announces 50th Anniversary World Fishing Fair

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February 22, 2022 by Keith Worrall

Amended February 22, 2022 at 5:11 PM

The national headquarters of Bass Pro Shops – the grandfather of all outdoor shops and Johnny Morris’ National Museum and Aquarium of Wildlife Wonders – will host a one-of-a-kind celebration of fishing, conservation, wide open spaces and the company’s 50th anniversary

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (February 22, 2022)—The World Fishing Fair, an exclusive presentation of Bass Pro Shops, is a one-of-a-kind showcase of fishing, boating, conservation and the great outdoors. Live from the Bass Pro Shops national headquarters in Springfield, Missouri – the fishing capital of the world and the sources of the greatest conservation movement our country has seen in decades – the fair is headlined by concerts by superstars from country music, including greats like Hank Williams Jr., Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Chris Janson and more will be announced: exhibitions, fishing personalities and unbeatable savings. In its most essential form, the Fair is a five-day celebration of fishing and all the people, products, stories, places, traditions and experiences that make it so wonderful. Not only is the fair the largest fishing show and sale in the world, but 50% of proceeds from all entries to fair events will be donated to support conservation.

The 2022 World Fishing Fair will be the second edition of this legendary event. Building on the success of the World Angling Fair in 1988, this year’s fair is destined to be the biggest event in angling history. Concerts for Conservation offer visitors the opportunity to support conservation and have fun with performances by a range of world-class country music stars. Alongside country music headliners are NASCAR legends, America’s top fishing pros, top outdoor personalities and some of the brightest minds in the conservation landscape.

The World Fisheries Fair Conservation Concert lineup includes some of the biggest names in country music.

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A unique customer experience. Unprecedented selection and price. $250,000 in prizes over the 5-day event, hourly draws.

The World Fishing Show offers an incredible assortment of the newest fishing tackle and fishing boats available at unbelievably low fair prices. Featuring over 200 exhibits from more than 150 manufacturers in the fishing, boating and outdoor categories, the fair provides opportunities to view and learn about a wider selection of gear, products and accessories. props than any event in the world. Factory representatives and technicians will be on hand to provide first-person instruction and training on the latest innovations in fishing tackle and navigational systems – outboard motors, sonar technology, finders of fish, sound systems and much more.

The first World Fishing Fair in 1988 attracted over 250,000 anglers from around the world.

More than just instruction and access, the World’s Fishing Fair hosts over 500,000 square feet of tackle and equipment at incredibly low prices. The event includes huge sales of discount tents from factory closures and sales of overstock and truckloads of over $10 million worth of equipment at sale price. The show will also showcase a unique lineup of some of America’s favorite fishing boats and off-road vehicles, with over 20 new 2022 models from TRACKER, Ranger, Nitro and more. Indeed, the event offers fishermen the opportunity to buy boats directly from the factory and save on freight!

Beyond the amazing shopping opportunities, show visitors can also visit the National Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame, American Fly Fishing Museum, Archery Hall of Fame, NRA National Sporting Arms Museum and of course Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum & Aquarium. A unique showcase of the leading role hunters and anglers play in conservation, the Wonders of Wildlife facility has been voted “America’s Best Aquarium” three times by USA Today.

The World’s Fishing Fair Guest Experience also offers a range of fishing seminars led by top pros and legends in the sport. The seminars alone are like attending a $500 fishing school. Visitors can complete the experience by watching the World Casting Championships!

An unrivaled collection of fishing knowledge and expertise


Bass fishing legends will be present such as Jimmy Houston, Roland Martin, Johnny Morris, Kevin VanDam and Bill Dance.

The World Fishing Fair uniquely celebrates the past and present of fishing. Sports legends such as Bill Dance, Roland Martin, Jimmy Houston and Rick Clunn are joined by some of today’s top bass fishing pros like Kevin VanDam, Edwin Evers, Skeet Reese and many more . The range of seminars offers visitors the opportunity to learn first-hand about fishing from some of the best to do so.

Joining Fishing Legends is one of the brightest minds in the conservation landscape. Leaders from some of the world’s best conservation organizations will be on hand to share their perspective on the importance of their work and how you can help them. Proceeds from general admissions and concerts will be donated to conservation, advancing the global change missions of some of the nation’s most influential organizations. The fair will also feature Turkey Days, an exhibition comprised of a select group of turkey vendors.

To complete the experience, some of the best outdoor space writers and journalists will be present. By showcasing the intersection of fishing, lifestyle and conservation, the World Fishing Fair raises the profile of giving back and being connected to the great outdoors.

Raising the profile of conservation

In many ways, the first World Fishing Fair in 1988 put Bass Pro Shops on the map. In the months following the event, Bass Pro Shops began receiving guests from all 50 states every 30 days. The second edition of the World Fishing Fair builds on the company’s tradition of innovation in leadership, in the outdoor retail space and in its approach to conservation.

As Bass Pro Shops commemorates the 50th anniversary of its founding, its commitment to conservation has touched nearly every corner of North America. The World Fisheries Fair, with its lineup of concerts for conservation and the donation of event admissions and proceeds to support conservation, reinforces Bass Pro Shops’ commitment to transforming the way people and businesses relate to conservation. Over the past decade, the company has invested an average of 10% of its annual revenue in conservation support.

Bass Pro Shops is the largest lifetime industry donor in the history of Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the International Gamefish Association and many other groups. The World Fishing Fair reinforces this leadership in conservation by raising the profile of natural resources and providing an exciting and entertaining vehicle to support conservation while participating in a unique fishing experience. To have conservation share the limelight with country music and NASCAR legends is exciting – for the future of fish and wildlife and for anyone who loves fishing and the great outdoors.

For more information on the World Fishing Fair and the latest schedule of activities, please visit basspro.com/fishingfair. Schedule of seminars and information on accommodation to be updated as the date approaches.

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