Major League Fishing Announces 2023 Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. Schedule, Entry Dates, Advancement Opportunities

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 Sep 22nd, 2022 by Keith Worrall 

Modified Sep 22nd, 2022 at 11:29 AM

TULSA, Okla. (September 22, 2022) – Major League Fishing (MLF), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced Thursday details for the 2023 Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E., which kicks off its regular season in late-January at Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Brookeland, Texas, and runs through late-September when it wraps up at the Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Missouri.

Offering the biggest payouts for the lowest entry fees of any national tournament trail, the Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. gives anglers the opportunity to fish close to home for incredible awards and advancement to the nationally televised Toyota Series Championship where pros compete for up to $235,000, including a $35,000 Phoenix MLF Bonus, and co-anglers compete for a $33,500 Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat powered by a 115 HP Mercury.

New in 2023, the winning pro at the Toyota Series Championship will also qualify for REDCREST 2024 – the Bass Pro Tour Championship – for the chance to win $300,000.

“We are extremely excited about the lineup of fisheries for the 2023 season and thrilled to offer Toyota Series anglers the opportunity for advancement to REDCREST 2024,” said Mark McWha, Toyota Series Tournament Director. “New opportunities in the Wild Card division and the ‘win-and-you’re-in’ format guarantee that anglers are never out of contention to qualify for the Toyota Series Championship where pros only have to beat 27 anglers from their home division to win $10,000. That’s an incredible opportunity.”

The 2023 Toyota Series Championship will be hosted by ExploreBranson.com, November 2-4, at Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri. The championship field will feature the top 25 pros and co-anglers from each of the six U.S. Toyota Series divisions and the Wild Card division (up from 12 Wild Card division anglers in 2022) plus tournament winners; the highest finishing boater and co-angler from each of the six Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine Regionals and the TBF from the All-American; the top three teams from the College Fishing National Championship; the High School Fishing National Champions; the TBF National Champions; and up to two pros from each MLF International country.

“We are excited to host the Toyota Series Championship for Major League Fishing next fall in Branson,” said Jason Outman, President and CEO of the Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We look forward to following all of the anglers who will bring the high-intensity sport of competitive bass fishing to Table Rock Lake and look forward to welcoming their families and fans who will be here, too.”

Every Toyota Series tournament features live weigh-in coverage and the Toyota Series Championship will be televised on CBS Sports.

The top five pros from each U.S. division in Angler of the Year standings qualify for the new MLF Invitationals. If a top-five pro declines his or her bid or earns qualification through the Invitationals or Bass Pro Tour, the next eligible pro qualifies. This process continues through the top 10 pros in each division.

“We are proud to provide anglers from coast to coast with opportunities to fish for incredible awards on their favorite fisheries while advancing to the sport’s highest level,” said Alan Gray, Toyota Series Western Division Tournament Director. “Some of the best anglers in the world compete in our Western Division, and I look forward to working with them to showcase their talents.”

The highest-finishing pro from each division, now including the Wild Card division, at the Toyota Series Championship receives a $10,000 bonus. The Anglers of the Year and Strike King Co-anglers of the Year will also be awarded $5,000 and $2,000, respectively, in each of the six U.S. divisions.

Anglers automatically qualify for Wild Card division advancement and bonuses by fishing four or more tournaments in any combination of divisions and keeping their three highest finishes.

The complete 2023 Toyota Series Presented by A.R.E. schedule, rules and payouts are available online at MajorLeagueFishing.com.

2023 MLF Toyota Series Schedule:

Central Division
Feb. 16-18 Lake Guntersville Scottsboro, Ala.
Hosted by the Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce

March 21-23* Lewis Smith Lake Cullman, Ala.
Hosted by the Cullman County Tourism Bureau

April 25-27* Lake Chickamauga Dayton, Tenn.
Hosted by Fish Dayton – Rhea Economic & Tourism Council

Northern Division
June 22-24 Lake Champlain Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Hosted by the City of Plattsburgh & Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau

August 10-12 St. Lawrence River Massena, N.Y.
Hosted by the Town of Massena

September 21-23 Potomac River Marbury, Md.
Hosted by the Charles County Board of Commissioners

Plains Division
March 16-18 Grand Lake Grove, Okla.
Hosted by the City of Grove

April 20-22 Kentucky/Barkley Lake Calvert City, Ky.
Hosted by the Kentucky Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau

September 28-30 Lake of the Ozarks Osage Beach, Mo.
Hosted by the Tri-County Lodging Association

Southern Division
February 1-3** Harris Chain of Lakes Leesburg, Fla.
Hosted by Visit Lake County, Florida

March 30 – April 1 Lake Okeechobee Clewiston, Fla.
Hosted by the Hendry County Tourism Development Council

May 11-13 Lake Eufaula Eufaula, Ala.
Hosted by the Eufaula-Barbour County Chamber of Commerce

Southwestern Division
January 25-27 ** Sam Rayburn Reservoir Brookeland, Texas
Hosted by the Jasper-Lake Sam Rayburn Area Chamber of Commerce

April 4-6* Lake Dardanelle Russellville, Ark.
Hosted by Russellville Advertising and Promotions

May 18-20 Sam Rayburn Reservoir Brookeland, Texas
Hosted by the Jasper-Lake Sam Rayburn Area Chamber of Commerce

Western Division
February 2-4 Lake Havasu Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Hosted by Go Lake Havasu

March 16-18 California Delta Oakley, Calif. †
Hosted by the City of Oakley

April 20-22 California Delta Oakley, Calif. †
Hosted by the City of Oakley

Toyota Series Championship
November 2-4 Table Rock Lake Branson, Mo.
Hosted by ExploreBranson.com

* Tuesday – Thursday event
** Wednesday – Friday event
† Subject to DNR draw

Entry fees are unchanged for 2023 at $1,700 per tournament for pros and $550 per tournament for co-anglers. Anglers can register for the 2023 Toyota Series season at MajorLeagueFishing.com or by calling 270.252.1000, beginning at 8 a.m. CT on the dates listed below:

Entries from the top 25 pros and co-anglers and tournament winners from each division of the 2022 Toyota Series and the top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division of the 2022 Phoenix Bass Fishing League plus the winner of each 2022 Bass Fishing League tournament (who paid an entry fee for all five tournaments in a division and fished at least two tournaments in the same division) and the top 10 anglers from the 2022 College Fishing National Championship will be accepted beginning November 7. These anglers have until November 28 to secure their priority entry position.
Phoenix boat owners (Phoenix owners with current registrations or confirmation of a boat order who will use their Phoenix boat in Toyota Series competition) may enter beginning November 29.
Anglers who fished a full division of the 2022 Toyota Series or a full division of the 2022 Bass Fishing League may enter beginning November 30.
TBF members may enter beginning December 1.
All other entries will be accepted beginning December 2.

For complete details and updated information, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the MLF Toyota Series on MLF’s social media outlets at Facebook, Instagram and YouTube .

About Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, the Discovery Channel, the Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, the World Fishing Network and on-demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with offices in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 13 countries. In 2019, MLF expanded its portfolio of catch, weigh, and immediately release events to include the sport’s strongest five-biggest-fish format tournament circuits. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care.

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