The 22nd annual Sturgeon Bay open bass tournament opens up with media day Thursday. The tournament is headquartered at the Sawyer Park boat launch. The competitive fishing runs Friday & Saturday with a makeup day Sunday if needed. The dock dance & kids games are scheduled for Saturday at Sawyer Park. The Open Bass Tournament provides a boost for the local economy as well.
According to information provided by the tournament:
-85% of participants need lodging for two or more days
-90% of the anglers spend about $200 each on food & beverages during the week, which adds up to $72,000
-95% of the participants purchase fuel locally
-90% of the fishermen return other times of the year
Based on a survey of people who took part in the tournament in the past:
-Spending on lodging totaled nearly $112,000
-Meals, snacks & beverages added up to $101,700
-Fuel & supplies totaled $132,000
-Fishing equipment & souvenirs brought in an additional $94,000
The total economic impact of the tournament for just one week was pegged at more than $450,000.