A Bass Pro Shops store. (Photo: Contributed)

Bass Pro Shops is celebrating the arrival of another fishing season and inviting customers to trade in used gear to be donated to local charities in exchange for significant savings.

The 2018 Spring Fishing Classic is a free celebration that began Feb. 16 and continues through March 4 at Bass Pro Shops locations across the United States.

Customers donating used rods and reels (in working order) can receive trade-in savings of up to $200. The used fishing equipment will be donated to local nonprofit organizations.


“The annual Spring Fishing Classic … provides great opportunities for families to get ready for fishing season and creating lifelong memories together on the water,” Bass Pro Shops communications manager Katie Mitchell said. “We encourage all anglers to participate in our rod and reel trade-in program which has collected and donated about 290,000 products to local organizations that teach young people to enjoy and appreciate the outdoors.”

The Spring Fishing Classic also includes free fishing seminars for all skill levels, pro appearances at Bassmaster University, activities for women and children and free giveaways. Visitors also get to see a variety of special offers to upgrade their gear before they hit the water.

Free seminars and family events

The 2018 Spring Fishing Classic is again offering opportunities to learn from the pros at Bassmaster University hosted by some of the greatest anglers in the sport. Local pros are also hosting free fishing seminars throughout the 17-day event. See a full list of sessions and special appearances here.

Women’s Fishing Workshops are also available with introductory fishing information and helpful tips on Saturday, March 3 at 1:30 p.m. The first 25 seminar attendees of each advertised local pro seminar and Women’s Fishing Workshop will receive a Bass Pro Shops protective dry box.

Next Generation Weekend offers free activities focused on teaching kids the basics of fishing. Kids activities are available from noon to 5 p.m. on March 3 and 4. Free activities include casting challenges, a fishing workshop, fun crafts, and a photo download.

Special offers

There are a number of special offers during the Spring Fishing Classic:

  • Customers using a Bass Pro Shops credit card to purchase new gear throughout the event can receive up to $100 via instant rebate (at U.S. locations only).
  • Attendees can also enter for a chance to win a fishing trip with Garmin professional angler Jason Christie. The winner receives a one-day trip, a Garmin echoMAP Plus Fishfinder, a $500 Bass Pro Shops gift card, travel and accommodations—a total retail value of $4,999. Register at the stores or online.
  • Enter for a chance to receive a Bass Pro Shops gift card valued up to $2,400 with the purchase of select boat models from Tracker Marine.

Click here for trade-in program details, event times and information on qualifying offers.