The Bass Pro Shop's Big Cat Quest is held every year on the first Saturday in October in New Madrid, Missouri, in conjunction with the New Madrid Fall Festival. This is one of the largest catfish tournaments in the country and we are honored to be a stop on the tournament trail. Fishing teams from across the nation fish the mighty Mississippi River in search of the largest catch. Teams begin fishing at 6 am and must be in the weigh-in line by 3 pm. The parade of boats line up of the levee and proceed down Main Street to the weigh-in location. Residents and visitors cheer as the teams pull their day's catch from the holding tanks. It is not uncommon to see several 50-80 pound catfish weighed during the day. This is a catch and release tournament. Cash and other prizes are awarded to the top teams. For more information, please visit Bass Pro Shop's Big Cat Quest
Latitude: 36.585071 Longitude: -89.527683 Elevation: 295 ft
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Interests and Areas of Expertise
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New Madrid Historical Museum, Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site, Higgerson School Historic Site, River Walk Gallery, Riverfront area
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10/3/2015 – 10/3/2015
Admission Fee (if any)
Tournament fees vary. Tournament registration form
The public is invited to view the tournament weigh-in, no admission fee is charged.
Participation Requirements (if any)
Please see tournament website for full listing of rules and regulations.