Along the Byway

A series of articles about some of the many themes that you can experience on the Byway.

The Bassmasters Are Coming Back!

The village of Union Springs, located along the northeast corridor of the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway,
will be abuzz with activity August 22nd to August 25th for the return of the country’s elite master bass anglers who’ll ply the waters of Cayuga Lake in the hunt for the biggest, wiliest bass to win the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament. We are very excited that the pros of the freshwater fishing world have chosen to come back for the third time to the beautiful Cayuga Lake area for their competition. It’s a “not-to-be-missed” event and we’ll be on site at Frontenac Park in Union Springs to share in the excitement. Stop in and see us at our booth and share your Enjoy the Ride stories with us!

Straight from the Bassmaster website, here’s what you’ll experience.

Daily takeoffs will be from Frontenac Park in Union Springs. The time of the takeoffs is 6:30 a.m.

Weigh-ins will also be at Frontenac Park at 3:00 p.m.

Weekend Expo
At every Elite Series event don’t miss the Elite Expo on Saturday and Sunday featuring:

  • Take a demo ride of a Skeeter/Yamaha boat
  • See the latest from Toyota and win prizes
  • Explore the Berkley/Abu Garcia Experience trailer and test your knot tying skills
  • Join B.A.S.S. and buy official Bassmaster merchandise
  • Win prizes and more from Carhartt
  • Learn more about Yamaha, T-H Marine, Power-Pole and more
  • Kids’ activities

Mercury Concert Series
Enjoy live music from acoustic singer/songwriter Xarika Suffredini on Saturday from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Angler Alley
Come meet the Elites at Angler Alley on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. It’s your chance to talk to the pros one-on-one, get autographs and take photos! Look for the Angler Alley sign!

Elite LIVE Watch Party
Join us at the Elite LIVE Watch Party on Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. to watch Bassmaster LIVE and hang out with special guests, plus, you could be on the show! Fill out the paper entry for a chance to win VIP seating at the Sunday weigh-in (you must be present to win) and automatically be entered for a chance to win a trip to the 2020 Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods! See Official Rules at the LIVE Watch Party area or on

Elite Angler Clinics
Saturday head to the stage from 1 to 3 p.m. for our Elite Angler Clinics where the pros will be talking about tips, techniques, gear and all things bass fishing!

Military and First Responder Appreciation Day
Saturday is Military and First Responder Appreciation Day! Show your military ID to a B.A.S.S. staff person in the Bassmaster booth or in the Merchandise booth and get a free Bassmaster hat!

Member Appreciation Day
Sunday is B.A.S.S. Member Appreciation Day! Show your B.A.S.S. member card to a B.A.S.S. staff person in the Bassmaster booth or in the Merchandise booth and get a free Bassmaster hat!

All times and activities subject to change.

Family Summer Festival

  • Food and craft vendors including local wineries
  • Karaoke contest Thursday evening with cash prizes, including $1,000 to grand prize winner.
  • Live music Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoon.
  • Kids’ activities including Buzz Lightyear and Woody from “Toy Story” on Friday from 5-7 p.m. and Chase and Marshall from “Paw Patrol” on Saturday from noon – 3 p.m.

Fireworks on both Friday and Saturday nights!

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