HENDERSON, Nev. – The Wild West Bass Trail (WWBT) brings its inaugural year-end championship, the Lucas Oil Western Classic presented by the City of Henderson, to Lake Mead on Sept. 30 – Oct. 2, 2016.

Known in angler’s circles as the fishery that is the “great equalizer”, Lake Mead was chosen as the site of the WWBT championship event due to its challenging conditions that level the playing field for anglers from all destinations.

“It is the fairest tournament lake in the entire western United States,” said Gary Dobyns WWBT co-founder. “It can be a tough fishery; but it can be won by any angler on literally any technique – by crankin’ or flippin’, on a jig, a worm, a jerkbait, topwater, tube, dropshot, with 6-pound-test line or punchin’ 65-lb braided line. The lake just doesn’t favor any one person or any one style.”

Over 80 boats will blast off daily with both a pro and co-angler on the hunt for their own individual five-fish limits. In addition to the honor of the first-ever WWBT Classic crown, the pro and co-champs will be awarded with Ranger Boats/Evinrude Outboard prize packages that include model upgrades for Ranger Cup compliant anglers.

“A win here will not only decide the Lucas Oil Western Classic pro and co-angler champion, it will decide the Angler of the Year (AOY) for both the pro and co for Arizona and for California,” added Dobyns. “This means we have six titles and a lot of money on the line and to make it even more exciting, it will all playout in the Las Vegas area, which provides many activities for guys and their families to have fun with during their trip to town.”

While the Vegas vicinity is often a destination related to resort-style casinos, recreation and attractions for anglers and families won’t be limited to gaming. In addition to the great fishing, the City of Henderson has much to offer travelers to the event.

“Visitors will be able to enjoy our city’s commitment to a quality of life that includes hiking, biking, water skiing, jet skiing, jetpacking, paddle boarding, sky diving, zip lining, helicopter and ATV tours and more,” said Barbra Coffee Director of Economic Development and Tourism. “We are also known for our bird preserve, tours of Ethel M Chocolates factory and offer a great way to cool off at the Cowabunga Bay Water Park. It is exciting to host an event like the Wild West Bass Trail with such a loyal following and we hope to give the anglers and viewers of their event a new perspective on what Henderson has to offer.”

A special thanks to all of the 2016 WWBT sponsors – Lucas Oil, Ranger Boats, Evinrude, Lowrance Electronics, Dobyns Rods, General Tire, Add-A-Wrap, Protect the Harvest, Gator Guards, P-Line, Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits, Power-Pole, Industrial Decals, Hydro Force Marine, Super Clean and E3 Spark Plugs.


Offering professional-level competition throughout the west, the Wild West Bass Trail provides its anglers the opportunity to further develop and advance their fishing careers. Additionally, the WWBT offers its corporate partners the opportunity to expand sales through comprehensive national and regional television coverage, exclusive on-the-water demonstrations and various tournament incentive programs.

For 2017, the WWBT will conduct 16 events that include a Pro/Am circuit and two Teams circuits – one based in California and the other in Arizona. The Pro/Am circuit consists of five tournaments throughout California and Arizona and a year-end qualifying championship event. Each Teams circuit includes four tournaments and a year-end championship. For more information visit and follow WWBT at Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram.