Spring Fishing Classic


It may not seem like it with the looming ice storm, but spring is just around the corner! That means it is time for our annual Spring Fishing Classic and Sale here at Springfield Bass Pro Shops February 22nd to March 10th. This year's event is going to be as exciting as ever with National and local pros and experts, free kids activities and a chance to win a fishing trip with Tony Stewart!

Our event starts on Friday, February with our Reel Trade In. Bring in your used or unwanted reels and trade them in for a voucher to get a discount on a new reel. Can’t make it in on Friday, don’t worry--this trade in opportunity runs through February 27th. Then from March 1st to March 5th you can do the same thing with your used and unwanted fishing rods. This is a great opportunity to upgrade your current equipment for the new fishing season.

The first weekend of the classic will also feature seminars with our local fishing pros in the boat showroom.The first 25 attendees of each workshop will receive a LED light key chain. The weekend schedule of workshops is:


6:30pm - Tips for Fishing Table Rock Lake

7:30pm - Techniques for Fishing Bass


1:30pm – Spring Fishing Tips

2:30pm – Techniques for Fishing Bass

3:30pm - Baits For Success, Such As The Alabama Rig & Crank Baits

4:30pm - Best Tackle & Equipment For Successful Finesse Fishing

5:30pm – Fishing Pro Panel Discussion


1:30pm - Tips for Fishing Table Rock Lake

2:30pm - Baits For Success, Such As The Alabama Rig & Crank Baits

3:30pm - Best Tackle & Equipment For Successful Finesse Fishing

4:30pm - Fishing Pro Panel Discussion

The second weekend of the event we are excited to have members of our Bass Pro Shops National Pro Staff here to give us their best tips and secrets for successful fishing. Here's the weekend lineup:


Friday March 1st

6:00pm – James Watson

7:00pm – Jonathon VanDam

8:00pm- Gary Parsons

Sunday March 3rd

2:00pm – Randy Howell

3:00pm-Brent Chapman

Our Next Generation Youth Weekend is back again for the last weekend of our Spring Fishing Classic. Starting at 12:00pm both Saturday and Sunday kids can try their luck at hooking a live fish at our Catch and Release pond. Families will have a “Keep America Fishing” Photo Opportunity to receive a FREE 4x6 photo and accompanying Certificate. This event will be open until 4:00pm both days.

We will also have Kids Seminars both Saturday and Sunday in the Boat Showroom.

             1pm – The Fun of Fishing

              3pm – Bait for Bites

              Free wristbands for the first 150 kids to complete the Fish Pond and craft

There will be a kids craft from 1 - 4pm both days where the kids will be making a Wooden Fish Craft.

Already a great lineup for the classic and there’s still more! Bass Pro Shops will have a Fishing Classic Sweepstakes where you can enter to win our national grand prize of a Fishing with Tony Stewart Package. In addition, we will be giving away one first prize in our store which consists of Bass Pro Shops and Kevin Van Dam fishing items, a Coca Cola Race package that includes race hat, chair, cooler and more, and 2 race tickets.

                First Prize – Fishing Package, Coca Cola Package, 2 race tickets


Post Holiday Clearance!

Clearance Sale

It’s that time of the year again. The holidays are over, winter has set in, and a new year of shopping deals have begun at Bass Pro Shops! It’s out with the old and in with the new, which means clearance prices that no one can pass up!

Starting at $11.97 there is a LARGE variety of T-shirts. Freshly marked down to $19.97 there are sweat pants, long sleeve henley shirts, fleece jackets, and insulated jeans. Has the cold weather dampened your spirits? There are now XPS soft shell jackets and RedHead quilted lined flannel shirts priced at $39.97! Assorted Columbia apparel has also been slashed in price along with Under Armor. So if you got a Bass Pro gift card for Christmas or a little extra cash there is not a better time to shop and save!

Oh! And let’s not forget that there are ladies fashion and pac boots on Sale as well!Boot Sale



Recycle Your Christmas Tree

Your Christmas Tree has been the highlight of the Holiday season for the last couple of weeks and parting with it can be hard especially for families with children. Recycling your Christmas tree is a great way to make sure that your tree doesn’t go to waste and can be made into a great teaching lesson for kids!

In Springfield, there are several places where you can recycle your tree for little to no cost.

Bass Pro

Location: 1935 S. Campbell Ave, Trees will be accepted at the northwest end of the parking lot behind the store.

Dates accepted: Dec. 26Through Jan. 1

Hours: Noon to 6 p.m.

Fee: $2 per tree donation, benefiting the Boy Scouts

Uses: Trees will be used for fish habitat

More information: Larry Whiteley, 873-5022.



Location: 1345 S. Fort Ave. in Springfield and 10791 U.S. 60 in Monett

Dates accepted: Now through Jan. 13

Hours: Springfield: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday; 8am-5pm; Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fee: $5 per tree, proceeds donated to The Kitchen

Uses: Trees will be ground into wood chip mulch, which is available for free. Bring your own container.

More information: 862-3707 (Springfield) or 235-1112 (Monett)


City of Springfield Yard Waste, Recycling Center

Location: West on Sunshine (U.S. 60); south of Farm Road 115. Turn left on Farm Road 164. Follow signs to Yard Waste Recycling Center.

Dates accepted: Year round. The center will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; closed Sundays and Mondays

Fees: Donations are accepted; the brush recycling fee of $3 will be waived for residential Christmas trees through Jan. 26; otherwise, the $3 gate fee will apply. Existing commercial fees will apply to commercial loads, including Christmas trees.



Christmas at Bass Pro

Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and at Bass Pro it is just as wonderful! Our Santa’s Wonderland kicked off November 10 with Santa’s Grand Arrival and will continue until Christmas Eve.

All of the kids have had a wonderful time at Santa’s workshop. When children first arrive to the workshop they are greeted by warm, welcoming Santa’s elves. The elves help the children participate in all of the activities there are. Children can ride the carousel, make crafts, write letters to the North Pole and much more! Of course, Santa is available for the children to tell him their Christmas list and guests receive a free photo with Santa Clause, himself!

As you can imagine, Santa’s workshop is very busy and the lines for Santa can become very long. To make sure you see Santa you will need to stop by the Ticket Depot in our main entrance to receive a Bass Pass. On the Bass Pass is your special time to see Santa. Tickets are handed out in order, on a first come basis. Many guest have found it helpful to come in to get their ticket in the morning and then bring the family back later in the day around the time of their visit.

Christmas is a fun time to give and receive gifts, eat great food, and see Santa. With all of the holiday excitement, it easy to forget that this is a time of the year to be joyful, kind, and somehow maintain your sanity, despite all of the stress. We hope that you are able to do just that and can enjoy the rest of the season. From everyone at Bass Pro, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas this year!


Buy Local—Firewood That Is!

With the days getting shorter and nights getting colder, having a roaring fire to gather around at night can bring extra warmth into your home.  Picking what firewood to use goes beyond finding a couple of dry logs. You want to be careful to not bring wood into your home that contains foreign insects and diseases that can kill local trees.

There are several diseases and pests that have damaged The Ozark’s trees in the past. A disease that has affected Missouri’s black walnut trees in the past is thousand cankers disease (TCD). Although it has not been detected since November 2011, when it was prevalent it killed many trees and hurt the black walnut industry.

One of Missouri’s trees pests is Emerald Ash Borer. The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a Asian beetle introduced to North America in the early 2000s. Its larvae feed on ash trees, killing them.  To date, EABs have killed more than 25 million ash trees in 7 states.  These pests were reported in southeast Missouri in July 2008.

The best way to prevent the return of TCD and to control the spread of other diseases and pests is to not move untreated wood such as firewood. When you move a seemingly harmless piece of wood, you could be transferring these deadly diseases and pests. So when you are trying to stay warm over the winter make sure to either use wood off your property or wood from areas close to your home. If you do see signs of any deadly diseases or spot a foreign insect, make sure to contact the Missouri Departments of Conservation or Agriculture to keep the problem contained.


Share The Harvest


The Share the Harvest program in Missouri is a great way for local deer hunters to help out the needy during this year’s deer season. This program is run by the Conservation Federation of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Conservation.  Best of all donating the deer meat is simple and requires little to no extra time.

There are a lot of families and individuals in the Ozarks who don’t have enough protein in their diet due to a lack of access or resources to buy it. Venison is a great source of protein and is low in fat. To benefit from the Share the Harvest Diet, families or individuals just have contact one of the distributing agencies. The agency will provide venison to the families and individuals based on its supply. This program is a great way for hunters to help those in need!

Hunters who want to participate and donate venison take their deer to an approved meat processor. Once there, let the processor know how much venison to donate. The processor will package the meat that will then be picked up by a local sponsoring organization and taken to a participating charitable agency that will distribute the meat.

It is important to know that the cost of processing the deer is the responsibility of the hunter. However, if a whole deer is donated, there are funds available to help with processing cost.  The entire processing cost is paid by the Conservation Federation of Missouri and local sponsors during the urban zones portion of the firearms season for whole deer donations. For list of participating processors, call your regional Department office. During all other portions and seasons, the Conservation Federation of Missouri administers a statewide program that directly reimburses the processor a predetermined amount for each whole deer donated. That allows the processor to reduce the processing fee to the hunter at the time of donation. In addition, many processors have local money available that allows the deer to be donated free or at greatly reduced cost. Be sure to contact individual processors to determine what funds are available at that particular location.

Share the Harvest Guidelines

  1. Requests to participate in Share the Harvest should be submitted to the director of the Conservation Department through a local conservation agent. Requests must include names of participating meat processors and the distributing agency.
  2. Meat processors must be licensed by the Conservation Department to process deer and be subject to government health inspection, or be approved by the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Meat Inspection Program.
  3. State and local health regulations must be followed.
  4. A conservation agent must initially approve the coordinator, processors and distributing agency.
  5. Only venison from white-tailed deer legally taken in Missouri will be accepted.
  6. Donated venison must be processed at approved meat processing facilities.
  7. Records detailing number of donors, pounds of donated venison, and charitable recipient group must be kept by the coordinator, and submitted to the local conservation agent no later than Feb. 1.
  8. Donated venison must be stored and transported in department-provided plastic bags that display the Share the Harvest logo, or in approved containers clearly marked with Share the Harvest labels.
  9. Venison may not be served cooked by the distributing agency, and must be frozen at some time prior to being eaten.
  10. All donated venison must be distributed by May 1.
  11. Approval for participation is required annually.

Statewide sponsors of the cost-reduction program include the Conservation Department, Shelter Insurance, Bass Pro Shops, the Conservation Federation of Missouri, Missouri Chapter Whitetails Unlimited, Missouri Chapter Safari Club International, Missouri Chapter National Wild Turkey Federation, Drury Hotels, Enterprise Holdings Inc., Midway USA Inc., Missouri Deer Hunters Assoc., Pyramid Home Health Services and Wells Fargo Bank.

For more information contact the Conservation Department at 573-522-4115 or the Conservation Federation of Missouri at 573-634-2322.


Find MOre Fish

The Missouri Department of Conservation has  developed a new app that can help take your fishing to new level. Better still—It’s free!

The free app displays a map of Missouri with all the locations of public boat ramps in the major lakes, rivers and streams. Using the map, you can also see the location of underwater fish structures developed by the Missouri Department of Conservation . These fish attracting structures act as habitat for fish.

The app also has a geo-location feature. This allows you to steer your boat right up to a fish attractor and start fishing. Plus, you get driving directions from/to boat ramps and fish attractors in the app.

Android and iPhone users have given the app very high reviews; saying that is a great tool and easy to use. The app for these devices has been receiving 4 to 5 stars per review.  However, the app does not seem to work as well for Blackberry users who have said there are disappointed and have only given the app 1 star.

To download the app follow the link for your phone listed below.

For iPhones:


For Android:


For Blackberry:



Dutch Oven 101


Dutch Oven 101

Dutch oven cooking and demos are always popular at our store events! So we have some Dutch Oven cooking tips that you can always reference plus a recipe to enjoy,


Charcoal briquettes create a more uniform heat than your average campfire coals, plus they last longer. You want the brand of briquettes you used to be consistent in quality and have uniform size. This will produce a predictable heat. 


You want to know the heat of the oven. That can be hard to gauge when you’re outside with no thermometer; here’s how to heat your oven to within a few degrees of 325 every single time. Take the diameter of your oven and then double it. That number is how many charcoal briquettes you need to heat your oven.

 For Example: If you have a 12-inch oven you need 24 briquettes.

 If the recipe calls for a temperature other the 325, simply add or subtract two briquettes to raise or lower the temperature by 25 degrees.

 If the recipe calls for biscuits to be baked at 375 degrees, add four briquettes to the original amount.


 It is essential to heat your oven equ





ally so that you don’t burn the contents. To do this the briquettes should be spread evenly below the oven, then place one briquette on either side of the ovens central handle, the rest of the briquettes should be spread evenly around the perimeter.

 With dutch oven cooking there will always be hot spots to compensate for this lift and turn the oven 90 degrees every 15 minutes.


 Briquettes last around 30 minutes. If you have a recipe that requires a longer cook time, add more briquettes about every 30 minutes to keep the temperature where it needs to be.


 Baked goods in a dutch oven tend to cook faster on the bottom. To keep the bottom of your dish from becoming over cooked you need to remove the oven from the bottom charcoal after two-thirds of the baking time has passed.. The bottom will retain enough heat to finish cooking while giving the top time to catch up.


Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Size oven: 12 inches Briquettes needed: 24; 16 on top, 8 on bottom


1/4 cup butter1/2 cup brown sugar
1 can sliced pineapples pecan halves 
Maraschino cherries
1 full-sized yellow cake mix

  1. Melt butter and sugar in oven.
  2. Arrange pineapple slices on top of sugar and butter. Arrange pecan halves around pineapple and put a cherry in the center of each ring.
  3. In a separate container, prepare cake mix according to package instructions.
  4. Pour batter over pineapple slices and bake according to cake mix directions.
  5. When cake is done, remove oven from heat, remove lid and let cool for 10 minutes.
  6. Put a cutting board or a circle of cardboard covered with aluminum foil over the top of the oven. Say a little prayer, hope for the best and flip it!



Summertime Bowfishing

Summertime is a great time to be out bowfishing in the rivers or lakes. One upgrade to make for this season if you already haven’t is the AMS Retriever and Retriever Pro. These are the best bowfishing reels out there. They hardly ever tangle or bind up, and are extremely safe. They have a hand held drag that allows you to control the drag with your finger which is great for sticking the bigger fish. This system works the best when teamed up with the AMS safety slides. The slides have the string attached to them and they free float on the arrow from the tip to the stop on the back of your arrow. This will allow you to put the slide to the front of your arrow when you shoot and will prevent your line getting tangled up anywhere on your bow. Grab these items and you will have a better outing on your next bowfishing trip.  


Gearing up for Rifle Season

The Fall Hunting Classic at Bass Pro Shops is just around the corner. The big seller is rifles. Everyone is out to get a great deal on a new rifle for the upcoming deer season. There are some things you should keep in mind when looking for a great buy on a rifle.

First of all, cheap is great! For first time hunters, young ones that will eventually  grow out of the gun, or if you just aren't going to be hunting much, then cheap is definitely the way to go. There are many options on the cheaper end of the spectrum. The newest for this year that is expected to be a great seller is the Ruger American. For the price point of this gun, you are going to have a hard time finding a comparable gun in this price range with the same amount of quality. One of the tops sellers is also the Remington 770. Averaging around $350 with a scope is a bargain on the gun. This gun is perfect for those who are not going to be doing a whole lot of hunting.

If you are wanting a great quality gun that is going to last you a long time, you are going to need to spend a little more money. Some guns can range all the way up to $2,000, but lets keep it as easy on the wallets as possible. The Winchester Model 70 Ultimate Shadow, Tikka T3, Remington 700 SPS, and Savage Model 111's are just a few to mention. The Weatherby Vanguard is another great gun to keep in mind!

When you are shopping for your new rifle, be sure to know what you are willing to spend, and how well you want the gun to last. A gun that is worth a lot of money now, can almost be guaranteed to be worth even more later on down he road! Good luck and happy hunting!


Columbia Backcast II Water Trunk

It’s summer time and the sun is shining brighter than ever. The grass is dying, all the plants are welting, and the heat is out of control! So what are you going to do?? It’s time to hit the lake, jump in the pool, or head on down to the creek. It’s time to grab a beach towel, grab your sunscreen, throw on a pair of trunks and head towards the water! And speaking of swimming trunks, Bass Pro has your back with the Columbia Backcast II Water Trunk! The Backcast II is the perfect trunk for whatever you water activity is. It has a sun protection rating of UPF 50, it’s light weight with a solid draw string, and with its six inch inseam they’re easy to wear! Coming in five vibrant colors and a price tag of $30.00, it will be easy to select a pair. And since it’s made by Columbia, you know it’s built to last! So before you take your boat out, drive down towards the creek, or dive into the pool, come by Bass Pro and pick up your pair of the Backcast II Water Trunk!



World Wide Sportsman Copper River II Water Shoes for Men and Women

This shoe is fantastic! No matter what the task this summer, this shoe gets the job done! It’s highly comfortable, light weight, and looks great. Designed with fishing in mind, water is no hindrance when you're wearing this non-marking water shoe featuring a mesh and leather upper for breathable comfort and quick draining. The Copper River II has a bungee strap lacing system that tightens with just a pull, so it’s always easy to put on and slide off. And with its cleated rubber non-slip tread, you will always have a firm footing. So whether you’re wearing it on the boat or around the house, this is a great shoe to have!


Lighted Nocks = More Success In Deer Woods

Lighted Nocks have become an important tool in the deer woods today. These little buggers help see the location that you hit the animal that you are shooting at as well as finding the arrows that you spend some good money on. Being able to know where you hit the deer at is a great tracking tool. You will be able to know whether you need to back out and give some time that way you can successfully recover the animal. This will help your recovery rate significantly. My favorite lighted nock is the Nocktournal. These nocks are very reliable and extremely bright so that you can see them even in the bright light of the day. They are activated by a button in the valley of the nock where the string hits the back of the knock and can be turned off by a switch at the base of the nock. They will pay for themselves by recovering arrows that you would usually loose without them. Good luck Archers!!!!


Welcome to a world of Zombies

First there was a vampire and werewolf craze, thanks to the Twilight series of books. Vampire books and TV shows started exploding all over the world. Now, we have moved on to bigger and better things, Zombies. Yes, I said Zombies! Hornady Ammunition has started a huge trend in the outdoors industry, and that is Zombie Max ammunition. Hornady makes a huge line of Z-Max ammunition that completely intrigued, confused, and enticed the public. Just the other day, a customer held up a box of Z-Max ammo in front of my face and said, "This has got to be the dumbest thing I have ever seen." He then proceeded to put four boxes in his cart as he chuckled and waved goodbye. Their products were selling so well that is has expanded to other things.

Birchwood Casey now makes Darkotic Zombie Splattering targets. You can't help wanting to unload your gone on these gruesome targets. Kids are especially obsessed with these targets. They are incapable of seeing them without begging mom and dad to get them one, even if they don't have a gun. However it doesn't matter, because now there are Zombie edition air soft guns, with Zombie airsoft targets. Zombies are everywhere!

If that isn't enough for you, Ruger is now making a Zombie Slayer edition LCP .380. So now, you can get the gun, the ammo, the targets, and even ammo cans! Don't like guns? Don't worry, because there is a Zombie Pepper Spray made by  Sabre Red.

We all know Zombies are not real, but I'm stocking up. Just in case!


Bow Hunting Camo Clothing

Early bow hunting season requires a lightweight base layer that controls human scent. RedHead EnduraSkin performance base layers does just that. It is quick drying, moisture wicking,breathable, silver based technology. Silver won't wash out and reactivation is not required. 4 way stretch with ease of motion. Shirts in long sleeve and short sleeve, pants, beanie and balaclava in black or camo are available . Hunt with confidence and be comfortable.



Columbia’s Meeker Peak Short Sleeve Crew

Whether you are an avid outdoors man or just the average joe barbecuing in the backyard, the Meeker Peak Short Sleeve T-shirt has a lot to offer you. Columbia has packed this shirt full of technology making this the perfect summer shirt! This light weight shirt is moisture wicking with Columbia’s Omni-Wick technology, and it also has a sun block rating of UPF 15. And starting at just under twenty dollars with six colors to choose from, this shirt is an excellent buy. So no matter what the job, from working in the garden to floating in a canoe, the Meeker Peak Short Sleeve Crew by Columbia is the shirt to have!


Choosing the Right Flash for Your Next Game Camera

There are three flashes to choose from when choosing a game camera and they are white flash, infrared, and black or no flash. The regular white flash game cameras are the oldest technology out and work just like the flash on a regular camera. They will provide color pictures night and day. They will be the less expensive of the three cameras. The Infrared cameras, often called no flash cameras, still light up to take night pictures but do so with a faint red glow from infrared bulbs. They will take color by day and black and white pictures at night. The benefits to upgrading to this camera are, longer battery life, farther flash range, and they will spook game less. They are the most common game cameras out on the market today. The next flash would be the black flash or no flash. They will also take color pictures by day and black and white pictures at night. These have the same features as a Infrared camera but with a completely invisible flash to game as well as humans. These are great for security purposes around the house of farm, and are great for having for not spooking any game. Game cameras are very addicting and very fun.


Bass Fishing

The hot days of summer are here and that means it’s time to throw big worms.  If you haven’t thrown big worms, you are missing out.  In the world of bass fishing, big baits yield big fish and throwing a worm is no different.  Now when I say big worms, I’m referring to those worms that are 10 inches or larger.  There are a lot of different shapes, sizes, and colors to choose from.  Some of my favorites are the Bass Pro Shops Squirmin’ worm in 10” or 12”, Zoom Ol’ Monster, and Berkley’s 10” Powerworm.  I choose colors depending on water clarity.  For clear water plum, watermelon candy, and green pumpkin violet are some of my go to colors.  For dingy water red shad, black and blue flake, and blue fleck work really well. 

You can rig these worms in a variety of ways.  My top two choices are either a Texas rig or a big shaky head.  For the texas rig, I prefer a 5/0 round bend hook and a worm weight no smaller than a ¼ ounce.  When fishing deeper, you may want to jump up to a heavier weight such as a ½ ounce.  I prefer tungsten because it is much more sensitive than lead and offers a much smaller profile, but lead weights will definitely get the job done.  The big shaky head such as Chompers Ledge Shakey Head or the Luck-E-Strike football power head stands the worm up more on the bottom than a Texas rig and sometimes that extra action makes all the difference.  So go out and throw a big worm.  You might just catch the biggest bass of the season.











Looking for a quick, easy, and cheap fishing destination this summer?

Looking for a quick, easy, and cheap fishing destination this summer?  The answer maybe a lot closer than you think, head to the river.  Here in the Ozarks, we are blessed with many streams and rivers that are home to a wide variety of fish and other fascinating creatures.  Hitting the stream for a float trip or even a quick wade is often times much closer and can be much less crowded, especially during the week.  Go to http://mdc.mo.gov/ to find the nearest public access in your area.

 A light to medium action rod and a reel spooled with either 6 or 8 lb line works great.  As far as rod length is concerned, I recommend keeping it 6’ or under.  Lure selection is pretty straight forward.  If your bait has some flash, wobble, and/or rubber legs, more than likely you’ll catch a few fish.  Rooster Tails, Beetle Spins, 2” Grubs, and Rebel Crawfish Crankbaits are all excellent choices.  I find that the best colors are browns or greens, but blacks and oranges work well too.  For the grubs, you’ll need to rig them up with a 1/16th oz jig head.

The most important thing to remember is to have fun.  Bringing plenty of water and applying sunscreen are a couple simple things that will make your fun last a lot longer.  So head to your local stream the next time you a get a chance.  You just might be surprised how much fun you’ll be having.  For more information or tips, please drop by and see us in the fishing department, we’ll be more than happy to get you set up.











High Performance Cotton Camo

Welcome to Bass Pro Shops world of Camo clothing! As the 2012 hunting season is closing in fast , we would like to introduce products in the next few weeks to keep you in the woods longer and be comfortable. This week would like to talk about the "NEW" HPC cotton t-shirt. HPC is short for  HIGH PERFORMANCE COTTON. A blend of 15% cotton and 85% polyester. Soft to the touch, quick drying and moisture wicking. Available in short or long sleeve. With size range from  Small to 2X. In Realtree All Purpose camo pattern. These are so comfortable you will never go back to regular cotton. Come out and try one on and see for yourself!