County News

ANDERSON, S.C. (June 29, 2017) – Lake Hartwell has once again been named as a Top 100 Bass Lake in America by B.A.S.S. The top 10 lakes in the nation are ranked regardless of location, but instead of ranking the remaining lakes through 100, B.A.S.S. has divided the nation into four regions: Northeast, Southeast, Central, and Western. Lake Hartwell is ranked-21st in the Southeast Division, and has received this recognition for the third consecutive year since B.A.S.S. began releasing the rankings in 2012. 

Lake Hartwell, Green Pond Landing & Event Center, and Anderson County have hosted numerous bass tournaments including: the Ray Scott Championship, FLW Pro Series, the American Bass Anglers Military Championship, and the 2015 GEICO Bassmaster Classic; where Casey Ashley won his first Classic on his home lake. 

Anderson County and Visit Anderson are set to host two major tournaments at Green Pond Landing & Event Center. In the fall the 2017, the B.A.S.S. National Championship will be October 19-21, 2017; and, the 2018 GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods is scheduled for March 16-18, 2018. Each tournament that is held on Lake Hartwell has a significant contribution to tourism as well as a tremendous economic impact in Anderson County.

“It’s an honor and privilege to have Lake Hartwell recognized as a Top 100 Bass Lake in America by the great folks at B.A.S.S. To receive this recognition for the third year in a row, the only three times we’ve received this recognition, is a testament to the hard work and commitment to our lake by the team we have assembled at Anderson County. Green Pond Landing and Lake Hartwell continues to serve as a destination for fishing tournament organizations from all across America. While we are excited to be ranked for the third year in a row, we will continue to work tirelessly and aggressively to improve our ranking. We could not achieve such recognition without a championship fishery, first class facilities and a supportive community.”-Neil Paul, Executive Director, Visit Anderson

“Anderson County is focusing its efforts into our natural resources; particularly, Green Pond Landing & Event Center. It is exciting to be a part of our beautiful lake being experienced not only be the local community, but by the international fishing community. Hartwell Lake’s position as the 21st lake in the southeast solidifies Green Pond Landing & Event Center’s present in international fishing tournaments and water sport competitions as a destination.” – Anderson County Council Chairman Tommy Dunn 

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