St. Lawrence River, New York

July 28 - 30, 2023 | $135,000

Event Details

Costa St. Lawrence River Big Bass Classic Presented by Explore Massena - $135,000 Guaranteed Prizes & Payouts


Entry Fee: Three Day $250 | Two Day $165 | One Day $115 | Youth $75 (Entry fees are per angler)

Start fishing time (first cast) will be 5:15 am for all three days.  You will receive a text to start fishing.  If you don't receive the text, you may begin fishing at 5:15 am.

St. Lawrence River, Massena, New York

Weigh in Site: 
Massena Intake Boat Launch, 1415 State Rt. 131, Massena, NY

Guaranteed Overall Grand Prize: $52,000
2023 NITRO® Z18 rigged with a Mercury® 150L Pro XS outboard, Minn Kota® Ultrex® 24V, 80-lb, Bow Humminbird® HELIX™ 9 SI G4N with GPS, Console Humminbird® HELIX™ 8 SI G4N with GPS, Hot Foot throttle, genuine two tone cover, tandem-axle upgrade 2 brakes, 14" tire/wheel upgrade with spare.  NITRO® trailer w/powder-coat finish & GALVASHIELD® Impact corrosion & chip protection. To learn more about NITRO® boats visit the website at

Guaranteed Total Hourly Paybacks: $64,025
1st: $1000, 2nd: $500, 3rd: $300, 4th: $250, 5th: $225, 6th: $200, 7th: $175, 8th: $150, 9th: $125, 10th: $100 
Youth Division:  Top three fish weighed overall:  1st: $300, 2nd: $200, 3rd: $100

Early Entry Rods: $25,000 Abu Garcia Jordan Lee 7'0" Medium-Heavy Casting Rod, Model #JLEEC70-6, Value $99.99
Early entry rods go to the first 150 two or three day online entrants. A one day entry is not eligible for a free rod.  See the Abu Garcia Jordan Lee rod details here.
Early entry promo rods may be picked up on the day listed below or during any tournament day. Please do not call our offices related to early entry rods. There is a rod counter at the top of each event page. Rods are gone when counter shows zero. We will post the date the counter goes to zero on the site. *Another angler may pick up your rod for you if you're unable to be present. 
Rod Pick Up: Thursday July 27th 4 - 6 pm Massena Intake Boat Launch. You may also pick up rods on any of the tournament days.
Jordan Lee Rod Features:
  • 24-ton graphite for a lightweight balanced design
  • ROCS™ (Robotically Optimized Casting System) Guide train for maximized casting distance with lighter lures
  • Ergonomic Abu designed reel seat
  • Winn® split grip design
  • Stainless steel guides with zirconium inserts

Event Registration:
Registration for an Event closes at 9:00 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the beginning of the Event for a three-day entry. There will be no morning registration on Friday, Saturday and/or Sunday of the Event.  Participants may register online prior to the Event, no onsite registration due to Covid protocols. Once an event begins, participants that register late online on must do so before 9:00 p.m. on Friday and before 6 p.m. on Saturday for the remaining days and must also adhere to the off limits rules listed in section 6.02.

Text System:
You may enter yourself in the text system for this event by texting the word lawrence to the number 90294. We will enter your number in the system, but some carriers block this type of message, so by entering yourself this will prevent the chance of being blocked.  Also, if you have previously opted out of our system, you will have to put yourself back in the system by texting the above keyword. If you opt-out we cannot put you back in the system.

For Canadian phone numbers please text the word lawrence to this number, 844-407-1531.  Our regular text system cannot text Canadian mobile numbers.

Start Time:  
Due to the varying times of year that we host our tournaments, we will notify everyone of the start time the day prior to the start of the tournament. We will notify you via text message. Start time (first cast) for each tournament will be safe light and set by the tournament director. You may launch and be on the water but you may not begin fishing until we notify you of first cast. Please do not call our offices related to start time. We will post start fishing time on this page and text out the time the week of the event.  You will also be sent a live leaderboard link once the event starts.

Weigh in Times: All days of event
7-8am, 8-9am, 9-10am, 10-11am, 11am-12pm, 12-1pm, 1-2pm.

Tournament Waters:
Tournament waters include the St. Lawrence River and all rivers, creeks and canals connecting to the St. Lawrence River. Only water open to ALL public fishing will be considered tournament waters.  Lake Ontario is off limits. Eastern Boundary - Moses Saunders Power Dam is off limits. Locking is NOT permitted. You cannot lock through the Eisenhower Lock at Massena, NY.  Western boundary: Tibbetts Point N 44 07.769 W 76 22.680, Kingston Marina Wall N 44 13.460 W 76 28.716, South Side Wolf Island N 44 07.618 W 76 22.894, North Side N 44 11.378 W 76 27.96. Trailering fish from Canada to the US is not allowed.

Clean, Drain and Dry:
Boats, trailers, waders and other fishing equipment can spread harmful aquatic invasive species from waterbody to waterbody unless properly cleaned after use. DEC regulations prohibit boats from launching or leaving sites without first draining the boat and cleaning the boat, trailer and equipment. Furthermore, many New York counties, towns, and villages also have laws in place that prohibit the transport of aquatic invasive species on boats, trailers and equipment.
Click here to learn about Clean, Drain and Dry method


Participants less than 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or adult with written parental permission. (Written parental permission must be provided to Event staff prior to the start of the Event) Participants under the age of 18 years may not fish alone in the Event.
Junior Division for 2024.  Participants 12 and under will compete for a top 3 event payout, at a reduced entry fee. The entry fee for the entire event is $75 (regardless of the number of days fished) and we will pay three places for the top three bass weighed in during the event.  Anglers 13 and over will compete for full payouts and pay full entry fees.

Click here for parental consent form

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