Major League Fishing announced today that the Bass Pro Tour event scheduled for Oklahoma's Grand Lake April 24-30 has been postponed. The decision was a result of recommendations by federal, state, and local officials to minimize the transmission of COVID-19. MLF will monitor the situation and follow the advice of medical and public health officials to reschedule as quickly as possible.
“While we’re disappointed that we can’t move forward with the Bass Pro Tour in April, the safety and health of our anglers, volunteers, staff, and host community are our primary concern,” said Jim Wilburn, Major League Fishing president and CEO. “Our format inherently allows for social distancing and other recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control to minimize the spread of novel coronavirus, but this unprecedented global pandemic cannot be taken lightly and we must follow the advice of medical and government officials.”
It's the second postponement of a BPT event, joining the tournament that was scheduled to get under way in Raleigh, N.C. this week.
“While it saddens us, we fully understand the decision by MLF to postpone the event,” commented Donnie Crain, director of the Grove Convention & Tourism Bureau. “These proactive, preventative measures are tough decisions, but in the best interest for all involved. Grove and Grand Lake look forward to welcoming the MLF pros and staff back to northeastern Oklahoma and showcasing our beautiful lake and its great fishing in the future.”