Rod & Reel Trade-In Days

I know it’s still January, but we have had a couple of warmer days and it has many of us looking forward to spring, to fishing, and to being outside.

With the Spring Fishing Classic a little bit earlier this year it is helping fuel that fire.

If you find yourself in need of some new fishing gear – now is the time!

For the first time EVER we will have our Rod and Reel Trade- In for all 10 days of the Spring Classic.

Trade in your old rod and/or reel and save even more on a new one!



Donate your working rods and reels Feb 6-15 at our Customer Service Counter near the front entrance and receive a discount coupon to use toward the purchase of a new rod or reel (Feb 6-15 only). All trade-ins will be inspected to ensure food working order, and then donated to local youth organizations to help with their outdoor education programs.  

A BIG THANK YOU to all participating vendors for benefiting our local youth organizations!!




Are you The Next GREAT ANGLER???

Bass Pro Shops is producing a brand new fishing show- "The Next Great Angler".

Do you have what it takes to compete against the pros?

We will give you a chance to prove it. 12 Anglers go head-to-head competing for the title of "The Next Great Angler" and the winner receives 1- year's usage of a new NITRO, a Toyota Tundra, awesome new fishing gear, and we'll even pay the entry fees for the 2016 BASSMASTER OPENS. Got what it takes???

PROVE IT and YOU could be "The Next Great Angler" !!!

How do I enter?

  • Register on-line at  starting January 28, 2015
  • Tell us why you're "The Next Great Angler" during in-store auditions Tuesday, February 10, 5-8 pm


2015 Spring Fishing Classic


Spring fever has already set in….

The Bass Pro Shops Spring Fishing Classic will be here before you know it. February 6-15 we have 10 days packed full of information, visits from the pros, family events and yes I think there is a sale on the latest gear.

If you need an upgrade on your current Rod and Reel, bring them in during our trade in days. The Rod and Reel Trade-In program is a great way for you to donate your gently used gear to area youth organizations while you get to save $$$ on that new rod and / reel you have your eye on.

Bass Master University will kick off the event on February 6 with fishing pros Dennis Tietje, Andy Montgomery and Cliff Crochet. And make sure you don’t miss Ott DeFoe on Sunday, February 8 at 1 pm.


Feb 6

                5 pm      Dennis Tietje

                6 pm      Andy Montgomery

                7 pm      Ralph Riley- Learn tips and techniques of various styles of Crappie Fishing

         8 pm      Cliff Crochet


Feb 7


        11 am    Ralph Riley-Learn tips and techniques of various styles of Crappie Fishing

                12 pm    Andy Montgomery

                1 pm      Cliff Crochet

                2 pm      Ralph Riley

                3 pm      Dennis Tietje


Feb 8

                1 pm      Ott DeFoe

                2 pm      Dennis Tietje

                3 pm      Cliff Crochet



Our Local Bass Pro Shops Fishing Pro Staff will be with us February 13-15 for many more educational seminars.

Feb 13

7 pm      Proven Spring Bass Patterns


Feb 14


                11 am      Unlock the Secrets of Electronics to Improve your Fishing Success

    2 pm      The Baitfish Connection: Understanding Seasonal Movements will help you Catch more Fish

                  3 pm      Women’s Fishing and Outdoor Cooking Tips

                  4 pm      Stealth Fishing: Kayak Strategies



Feb 15


11 am      Unlock the Secrets of Electronics to Improve your Fishing Success

2 pm      The Baitfish Connection: Understanding Seasonal Movements will help you Catch more Fish

               4 pm      Stealth Fishing: Kayak Strategies

  • First 25 customers to attend advertised seminar on Friday- Sunday will receive a Spring Fishing Classic logo tumbler

And I can’t forget The Next Generation Weekend!!

Feb 14-15            Next Generation Weekend


                                Casting Challenge            12-5 pm

                                Photos                                  12-5 pm

                                Kids Workshop                  2:30 & 4:30

                                Free Crafts                          12-5 pm

                **Giveaway- fish shaped water bottle for kids who complete the casting challenge**


Whether you are a seasoned fisherman or just starting out, there is a place for you here.

~The Events Team










Its Crappie Madness time at Bass Pro Shops in Sevierville, Tn.

We have dedicated two weekends entirely to crappie fishing - just for you! On January 30-31 and

February 6-7, we have seminars for you to learn tips and techniques of various styles of crappie fishing from our local pro staff and some of the industry’s top professionals.


Friday Events- January 30

  • FREE photo download available for “You on the cover with a trophy fish!”   5-8 pm
  • Seminar with our Local BPS Fishing Pro Staff        7 pm


Saturday, January 31, bring the whole family- we have seminars, photos, and a kids casting challenge.

Saturday Events- January 31

  • Seminars                                             11 am & 2 pm
  • Photos                                                  12-5 pm
  • Casting Challenge                              1-5 pm
  • Fried Fish Sampling                           2-5 pm


The final weekend on February 6-7 we are proud to have Garland Pro Ralph Riley with us discussing his techniques for crappie fishing.



Friday, February 6            7 pm


Saturday, February 7      11 am & 2 pm


We look forward to seeing you soon.

~The Events Team


Local Hero Night

Hero’s Night is our way to honor our local heroes such as Firefighters, Police and Paramedics, EMT’s, War Veterans, Soldiers, military Personnel, etc. and their families.

The store will be open 3 extra hours- from 7-10pm for our heroes and their families on December 14, 2014!

  • The first 100 heroes into Santa's Wonderland receive a FREE pewter Christmas ornament.
  • Drawings for $25 gift cards every half hour from 7:30-8:30pm.
  • All heroes will receive a 10% discount on regular priced items, including photo packages purchased in store on Local Hero Night only.
  • Free crafts for the kids 7- 9pm.
  • Free Santa photo until 9pm

Join us for a special evening created just for you OUR Local Hero!!!


Countdown to Christmas

We are counting down to Christmas this year at Bass Pro Shops!! Starting December 13, our Countdown to Christmas Giveaway will begin!

This year each store will give away one Xbox One bundle plus one additional Xbox controller on December 19 and December 24 for the First Place Prize. Additionally, one Grand Prize Winner will be selected from among all in-store and online entries each week as well. That lucky winner will be eligible to win a 2015 Toyota Camry XSE V6! Be sure to come in and enter both weeks to be eligible for prizes.

Good Luck to everyone!!


Instant Gun Rebate!!

Do you have a gun on your Christmas list?

On December 7-13, 2014 if you purchase an in-stock gun using your Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Rewards Credit Card you are eligible to receive an instant rebate!!!

Rebate amount is based on the gun amount only not the transaction amount.

Gun Purchase Amount (pre-tax)                   Rebate Amount

              $200- $499.99                                             $25

              $500-$749.99                                              $50

              $750-$999.99                                              $75

              $1000 - UP                                                   $100


If you don’t have a Bass Pro Shops Master Card yet, now’s the time to visit with our amazing associates at the Credit Card stand.


Instant Gun Rebate Days are HERE!!!

November savings are here!

Do you have a gun on your Christmas list?

On Wednesday and Thursday – November 26-27, 2014 if you purchase an in-stock gun using your Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Rewards Credit Card you are eligible to receive an instant rebate!!!

Rebate amount is based on the gun amount only not the transaction amount.

Gun Purchase Amount (pre-tax)                                                               Rebate Amount

$200- $499.99                                                                                     $25

$500-$749.99                                                                                      $50

$750-$999.99                                                                                      $75

$1000 – UP                                                                                          $100


If you don’t have a Bass Pro Shops Master Card yet, now’s the time to visit with our amazing associates at the Credit Card stand.


Super Weekend!!!

Black Friday is only the beginning of the fun at Bass Pro Shops!! We have planned a SUPER Weekend with our 5 Day Sale items and Super Saturday and Sunday Giveaways!

Be one of the first 100 customers to enter the store on Saturday, November 29 and receive a FREE Bass Pro Shops Knife!!!

On Sunday, November 30, the first 100 will receive a FREE Rattlin' Rapala Lure!! (differs from lure pictured below)

After you enter the store - right in the lobby sign up for our Super Weekend Sweepstakes. We will have 2 drawings EVERY hour from 10:30 am -5:30 pm. Each hour we will have 2 drawings- one for a prize and one for a Bass Pro Shops Gift Card.

In-store only promotion! You do not have to be present to win. Must be 21 yrs of age for door prizes and to enter.


Toys for Tots

Bring in a new toy to donate for Toys for Tots and get a FREE $20 photo package!

Toys will be collected November 29-30 ONLY. Bring your donated toy to Customer Service when you arrive and they will give you a coupon for your photos.  You will place your toys in our donation box by the front entrance.

You can use your coupon that day for photos or they can be redeemed November 29- December 5, 2014.

Only one coupon/voucher per family per donation.

Your FREE Toy Donation Package includes:

  • (2) 6x8 Prints
  • (1) 5x7 Print
  • (2) 4x6 Prints
  • AND a Digital Download

You can help out a family in need this holiday season and get your photos with Santa too!


Have time to shop and get your Santa photo, too!!!




For several years now we have used our Bass Pass program during peak hours of Santa's Wonderland.


What is a Bass Pass you ask???


Once the photo line gets above a 30 min wait we will begin to hand out the next half hour Bass Pass. The card you receive will have your designated time during the day to return to Santa’s Wonderland for your photo with Santa.

Once you have a Bass Pass, you have the freedom to explore our store or visit Uncle Buck’s for a bite- while waiting in our “virtual” line until your designated return time arrives.

When it’s  time to return, come on back and get in line and get ready to share your wishes with jolly ole St. Nick !

This is why you may not see long lines in Santa’s Wonderland, because our Bass Pass system is in place with several people ahead of you in their own virtual line.

Bass Passes are available on a first come, first served basis each day.

Generally Mondays- Thursdays are days with shorter wait times to see Santa.


Santa is available:

November 15- December 6

  • Monday – Friday                  3-8 pm
  • Saturday                              10 am-8 pm
  • Sunday                                 12-5 pm


Special Times:

  • Thanksgiving, November 26           10 am - 5 pm
  • Black Friday, November 27              10 am-  8 pm
  • December 7                                       10 am - 5 pm
  • December 8-13                                 10 am – 8 pm
  • December 14                                     10 am-  5pm
  • December 15-20                               10 am – 8pm
  • December 21                                     10 am - 5 pm
  • December 22-23                               10 am - 8 pm
  • December 24                                     10am - 5 pm




2014 Santa's Wonderland Preview Event



It’s hard to believe it but Christmas is right around the corner. And it is time for the magic of Santa’s Wonderland to return - A Classic Christmas awaits you at your Sevierville Bass Pro Shops!

Our Preview Night will begin on November 15 at 4 pm outside with caroling from Dandridge Elementary Choir.

Cookies and hot chocolate will be served while you wait for that jolly ole elf to make his way back, Santa will return this year November 15, at 5 pm- in a Nitro Boat no less!

Santa will be giving away a $25 bass Pro Shops gift card to one lucky winner every hour 5:30-7:30 pm!

After Santa’s arrival we will join him inside the lobby and with everyone’s help – we will begin the season with the lighting of our Christmas tree.

Then begin the journey back to unveil the 2014 Santa’s Wonderland. Immediately after the lighting we will begin taking photos with Santa.

Once inside Santa’s Wonderland you will enjoy a laser and soft gun arcade, moving trains, slot car racing, remote control trucks, write Santa a letter, ride the Wildlife Carousel and make a craft!!!





The Preview Event Craft will be a color your gingerbread Christmas stocking from 6-8 pm- while supplies last.


And the first 125 kids to visit Santa’s Wonderland will receive a Free Woodland Character Backpack Clip.




Don’t forget your FREE 4x6 photo with Santa!!

You will get a FREE 4x6 studio-quality photo in-store, other photo packages and Christmas Cards available for purchase and instant print at the store!

Be sure to visit the Bass Pass Depot first and get your Bass Pass to see Santa. A Bass Pass will allow you to have time to shop and avoid the lines!! If the photo line gets above a 30 minute wait, our convenient Bass Pass system will help reduce your wait time.

A  Bass Pass provides a designated time during the day to return to Santa’s Wonderland for your photo with Santa.

Once you have a Bass Pass, you have the freedom to explore the store while waiting in a virtual line until your designated Bass Pass return time arrives. When it’s time to return, line up and get ready to share your Christmas wishes with good ole St. Nick.

This is why you may not see ling lines in Santa’s Wonderland, because our Bass Pass system is in place with several people ahead of you in their own virtual line.

Bass Passes are available on a first come, first served basis each day. Once they’re gone they are gone.

For your convenience, Mondays- Thursdays are typically days with shorter wait times to see Santa






How to Hunt....





Do you want to start hunting? Or maybe you have questions on how to be more successful... come to your Bass Pro Shops for all your answers!

This weekend is for you!!!

On November 1, 2014 one of our own RedHead Field Staff, JR Adkins will be with us in the Hunting Department. JR is an outstanding hunter and fisherman. He is from the Rogersville area and knows the woods like the back of his hand.


  • 1 pm  Become a Better Bowhunter

Take the mystery out of gearing up for bowhunting. Learn how to select releases, arrows and broadheads that work for you.

  • 2 pm  How to Select the Right Guns and Ammo

Whatever hunting you plan to do, our experts will answer your questions and make it easy to pick the perfect rifle, shotgun or handgun.

  • 3 pm  What You Should Know Before Buying Optics

A Bass Pro Shops expert will give you an inside look at the features you should consider when shopping for scopes, rangefinders or binoculars.



Attend any of the seminars and register for a chance to win a FREE pair of NIKON Prostaff 7S 10x42 Binoculars!!

You must be 18 yrs or older to enter. Drawing held at the completion of the last seminar at 4 pm. You must be present to win.



Wintertime Fun

Wintertime Fun!!!


Winter is approaching and our temperatures will be falling soon.  The Knoxville, TN area never sees too much snow besides a dusting.  In the mountains and up on Ober Gatlinburg is another story.  Both get the natural, beautiful snow, but Ober also makes their own snow for their tubing and ski slopes.

At our Bass Pro Shop in Kodak, TN, we have an assortment of inflatable snow tubes and sleds that you can choose from.

The most popular is our blue plastic Twister sled.  It sells for $7.99.  When anyone hears, SNOW, this is the one the locals come and grab.

We also carry the Paricon Snow Boat for $24.99.  This is an all around, general purpose sled.

We also carry the Snow Slider and the Snow Slider Classic.  $44.99 and $32.99 respectively.


We carry two inflatable tubes used in the snow, but we also have some of our summer tubes out that would work just as well in the snow.  We carry Uncle Bob’s Single Seater for $14.99 and Uncle Bob’s Double Seater for $27.99.

Come on into the store and get your childhood memory making fun!!  Or go to our website and have yours delivered to your home or use our Ship to Store service.


Ginger J Bridges

Marine Lead

Sevierville, TN


It's the Great Pumpkin!!!


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We love our holidays here at Bass Pro Shops and Halloween is definitely NO exception!!

It’s the Great Pumpkin!!!

Gather your ghouls and goblins and head on over to your Sevierville Bass Pro!



  • Get a FREE 4x6 photo with Linus and Lucy in the pumpkin patch
    • Monday thru Friday        5-8 pm
    • Saturday and Sunday     12-5 pm

*Other packages available for purchase and instant print at the store






  • FREE Crafts
    • Monday thru Friday        5-8 pm                  Decorate a stuffed owl
    • Saturday and Sunday     12-5 pm                Decorate a felt jack-o-lantern
  • Halloween Scavenger Hunt
    • Saturday              1-3 pm
    • Sunday                 3-4 pm

*Find all the Halloween items throughout the store and receive a bendable Halloween Character




    • Decorate a REAL Pumpkin
    • Trick or Treating
    • Costume Parade- Kids 12 and under, start lining up at 6 pm in front of the aquarium. Participants

will receive a FREE kid’s owl drawstring bag.


October Rewards


Rush in every Tuesday to your favorite store and take advantage of our latest rewards discount program!

For the entire month of October, EVERY Tuesday when you use your Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Rewards Credit Card you will save 15% on your purchases.

Offer cannot be combined with any other credit card offer. Not valid on purchase of gift cards and hunting licenses, ATV's, taxidermy, boats, motors, Tracker products/services, store restaurant food or drinks, and vendor outlets. Entire purchase must be place on card for discount with a maximum discount of $150.

Offer available at your favorite Bass Pro Shops- in store only.

If you don't have an Outdoor Rewards Master Card yet- visit our amazing associates at the cabin with the blue lights located beside the front stairs, they will take care of you.


Triple Crown Bonus

Triple Crown Is Back!!!!


October 6th thru the 19th, our Triple Crown is back in the Marine dept.  When you purchase a qualifying Lowrance, Humminbird, Garmin or MotorGuide.  With the Triple Crown you receive:

-Triple Bass Pro Reward Points

-Free Standard Power Pro Installation

-Free 3 Year Gear Guard Protection (a minimum of $200 value)


Your rewards points will be put on your card in 4-6 weeks after purchase.

Your Installation needs to be scheduled and done by December 27th thru a participating Tracker Dealership.


Some of the Humminbirds included in this are the              

-688 ci HD DI, 698 ci HD SI and 561 


Lowrance units include but not limited to the

-Elite 3x, X-4 Pro and Elite 7

Stop on in to your local Bass Pro and cash in on this fabulous deal!!!



Ginger J Bridges

Marine Lead

Sevierville, TN


Baby, It’s Cold outside … well it will be soon!


As the seasons change, so does your Bass Pro Shops. We have begun to focus on the upcoming winter. The cold weather is coming whether we like or it or not.

It looks like everyone is expecting us to have a cold, snowy winter. Have you seen the persimmon seed forecast for this year?

Well, we are ready!

My top 3 picks for the Fall/Winter season…                                                   

  •  Flannel

ANYTHING FLANNEL- we have it all; sheets, shirts, pants, shoes and sleeping bags all with flannel lining. Flannel is a staple for the season, and we are the best place to get your fix! We have a wide selection of brands and styles to choose from.





  • Mugs  We all need something to drink coffee, cocoa, or soup from this winter. Our mugs are a huge 16-22 oz size and have oversized handles for a comfort grip while you enjoy what you’re sipping!                



  • Blankets and Throws

What better way to snuggle up by the fire then with one of our blankets. We have some new designs this year for those chilly winter days. 




These are just a few of my favorite things, come in and decide for yourself. We have styles and sizes for everyone. Heck we even have cocoa and soup mixes to fill those cups.

If you can’t make it in visit



Winterizing Your Boat

Winterization of Your Boat


The weather is turning cool, the leaves are changing.  With that, comes the time to put your boat up for the season.  Winterizing your boat, lessens the chance of damage.  Without properly storing it, costly damage can occur.

Step 1:  Fill your fuel tank and add STABIL gas stabilizer for each 5 quarts of gas.

Step 2:  Operate the boat for 15 minutes in the water or use a flush system.

Step 3:  Remove bilge drain plug once you have taken the boat out from the water.  Do a general wash of your boat.

Step 4:  Clean the hull, deck and interior of the boat at this time.  Dry completely.

Step 5:  Detach the prop shaft coupling.  Coat with waterproof Marine grease.

Step 6:  Flush engine cooling system with clean water.

Step 7:  Add the Fogging Oil slowly into the engine while the engine is idling.  Then cut off.

Step 8:  Turn the fuel supply line to off.  Perform scheduled services.  Tune the engine, change the oil and filters.

Step 9:  Remove the drain plug from the lower part of the engine.  Flush old antifreeze out before adding new in.

Step 10:  Remove the negative battery cable from the battery.  Charge the battery to full or remove it completely.

Step 11:  Clean all traces of dirt, oil and grease from the transmission and engine.

Step 12:  Coat the length of the prop shaft with corrosion-resistant metal protection.

Step 13:  Then cover your boat with a boat cover.

If you are unsure, please have a professional do this for you.  If done incorrectly, it could cost quite a bit of money in the long run.  Tracker Parts and Service would be more than willing to winterize your boat for you!

Ginger J Bridges

Marine Lead

Sevierville, TN            


Fall Flannel Fest !!!


What’s our favorite fall fabric?

 Well, FLANNEL of course!!!

Flannel is a staple of the Fall season- and you know the best place to get yours is Bass Pro Shops! We have a wide selection from all of your favorite brands; Ascend, RedHead, Natural Reflection, Bob Timberlake, Carhartt, Columbia and more!!!

This season we are proud to introduce Fall Flannel Fest!!!

On October 24 we welcome you to Flannel Friday; we will give the first 100 customers in the store a FREE Fall Flannel Fest Car Coaster- a stoneware coaster to put in your car’s cup holder to soak up minor spills and condensation.

Come experience Fall Flannel Fest. Only at Bass Pro Shops!!!

Don't forget to post all your flannel fan photos to #FlannelFest !!!