TBF Student Angler Federation (SAF) Announces 2020 High School State Championships and Sanctioned Fishing Schedule.

TBF Student Angler Federation (SAF) Announces 2020 High School State Championships and Sanctioned Fishing Schedule.

PONCA CITY, OK (Oct 9, 2019) – The Bass Federation’s Student Angler Federation (SAF) announced today the 2020 High School Fishing sanctioned schedule. Offering more opportunity than ever before including 48 SAF High School Fishing State Championships,  2 Open Challenge events, including the Bass Pro Shops/ Cabela’s Early Bird Open Challenge event, 13 state high school athletic association sanctioned tournaments, up to 15 Bass Pro shops FLW High School Fishing Opens (TBA by our partners in fishing at FLW) and the pinnacle event in all of high school fishing the 11th annual High School Fishing World Finals and National Championship. Available dates/locations are listed below and on the website at www.highschoolfishing.org .

In 2020 across all SAF sanctioned events, we expect more than 35,000 participants in the SAF High School Fishing program and just between the TBF and FLW major events there will be 76 tournaments in which to compete plus hundreds of other events through local SAF sanctioned trails.

“As the founders of the National High School fishing movement in 2007, we immediately seen reaction to getting young people outdoors and the rapid growth potential with parents embracing the concept nationwide at our first High School Fishing World Finals in 2010. We are proud to have had our partners in fishing at FLW be the very first to join us in the High School arena. Together in 2011, we rolled out events in every state and Canada to provide more fishing opportunities for more high school students than anyone else in the world,” said TBF President Robert Cartlidge. “For us High School fishing was and is not about fishing for money, which is why TBF/SAF nor FLW charges any entry fees at our High School events and we do not pay cash to student anglers.  It is also not about getting students sponsorships or patches on their jerseys.  The core mission is about education through fishing, earning prizes and scholarships and getting young people into the outdoors.  We will continue to jointly push the programs forward to accomplish those goals.”

TBF/SAF and FLW will continue advancement opportunities with 1 in 10 teams from each TBF and/or FLW State Championship, Challenge or Open event earning a spot in the National Championship and ALL SAF members world-wide are eligible to compete in the High School Fishing World Finals where in 2019 High School Fishing World Finals and National Championship offered a record $2.8 Million in College scholarship and prizes up for grabs giving the maximum amount student anglers the best shot ever for a college scholarship, technical or trade school education.

Additionally, High School anglers who win a SAF state championship and are 16 years old or older(one or both team members) will be offered a High School TBF Living The Dream package, a TBF sponsorship for a year to include: fully paid ADULT TBF\FLW competitor membership, advancement opportunity to represent their home state in a TBF National Semi-Finals as a co-angler, with fully paid entry fees! From there, the sky is the limit, they could qualify for the TBF Federation National Championship or beyond!  Check it all out at HighSchoolFishing.org.

2020 11th Annual High School World Finals / National Championship:

June 23-27         Upper Mississippi River                                                                                      LaCrosse, WI.

2021 12th Annual High School World Finals / National Championship:

June TBA           Lake Hartwell                                                                                                    Anderson, SC.

2020 Season SAF High School Fishing State Championships:

Nov. 23, 2019     Utah State Championship – Sand Hollow                                                            Hurricane, UT

Feb. 1, 2020       Florida State Championship – Harris Chain                                                         Tavares, FL

Feb. 1                Texas State Championship – Lake O the Pines                                                   Marshall, TX

Feb. 16              Louisiana State Championship – Toledo Bend                                                     Many, LA

Feb. 22              South Carolina State Championship – Lake Hartwell                                           Anderson, SC

March 1              Georgia State Championship – Lake Lanier                                                         Gainesville, GA

March 8              Arkansas State Championship – Lake Dardanelle                                                Russellville, AR

March 21            North Carolina State Championship – High Rock Lake                                          Salisbury, NC

March 22            Nevada State Championship – Lake Mead                                                          Boulder City, NV

March 28            Kentucky State Championship – Lake Cumberland                                              Burnside, KY

March 29            Mississippi State Championship – Lake Ross Barnett                                          Jackson, MS

March 21            Washington State Championship – Lake Washington                                          Renton, WA

April 4                Virginia State Championship – Lake Gaston                                                        Bracy, VA

April 5                Alabama State Championship – Neely Henry                                                      Gadsden, AL

April 11              Tennessee State Championship – Lake Chickamauga                                         Dayton, TN

April 25              Arizona State Championship –  Lake Havasu                                                        Havasu City, AZ

April 25             Kansas State Championship – Lake Melvern                                                            Osage City, KS

May 2                 Oregon State Championship – Ten Mile Lake                                                      Lakeside, OR

May 2                 Ohio State Championship – Alum Creek State Park                                             Delaware, OH

May 3                 California State Championship – Cal Delta                                                          Oakley, CA

May 3                 Oklahoma State Championship – Grand Lake                                                     Grove, OK

May 3                 West Virginia State Championship – Sutton Lake                                                Sutton, WV

May 9                 Idaho State Championship – Lake Lowell                                                            Caldwell, ID

May 9                 Illinois State Championship – Rend Lake                                                               TBA

May 30               Indiana State Championship – Brookville Lake                                                    Brookville, IN

May 30               Tri State Championship (MA,RI,CT)  – Quaboag                                                  Brookfield, MA

June 6                Maine State Championship – Little Sebago Lake                                                 Windam Town, ME

June 6                Nebraska State Championship – Red Willow Reservoir                                       McCook, NE

Aug. 15             Wisconsin State Championship – Lake Waubefa                                                 Madison, WI

July 7                 Minnesota State Championship – Lake Minnetonka                                             Wayzata, MN

July 11               Ontario State Championship – Georgian Bay                                                      Waubaushene, ON

July 12               Quad State Championship (PA,DE,MD,NJ) – NE Rvr Upper Chesapeake                North East, MD

July 19               Vermont State Championship – Lake Champlain                                                 Colchester, VT

July 19               South Dakota State Championship – Enemy Swim Lake                                      Webster, SD

July 25               Michigan State Championship – Lake St Clair                                                     Harrison Township, MI

Sept. 12-13        New York State Championship – Great Sacandaga Lake                                     Northville, NY

Sept. 27             Colorado State Championship – Lake Pueblo                                                      Pueblo, CO

Oct. 4                 New Hampshire State Championship – Lake Winnipesaukee                               Alton, NH



2020 SAF High School Fishing Challenges\Open Events:

Jan. 25, 2020      Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Georgia Early Bird Challenge – Clarks Hill                             Evans, GA

Oct. 10               New Hampshire Open – Lake Champlain                                              Fort Ticonderoga, NY


2020 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Opens: (TBA)


2020 State Athletic Association Events: (Qualified teams only)

Feb. 29              GAPPS Qualifier – Lake Lanier                                       Gainesville, GA

March 7              LHSAA Reg 2 Regional Championship – Toledo Bend                                         Many, LA

March 14            LHSAA Reg 1 Regional Championship – Ouachita River                                     Monroe, LA

March 14            LHSAA Reg 3 Regional Championship – Atchafalaya Basin                                 Berwick, LA

March 14            LHSAA Reg 4 Regional Championship – Bayou Segnette                                    Westwego, LA

March 21            GAPPS Finals Championship – TBA                                                     TBA

March 28            MissHSAA Mississippi Activities Association – Lake Ross Barnett                          Jackson, MS

April 3-4             LHSAA State Finals – Cross Lake                                                                      Shreveport, LA

April 25              KHSAA Reg 1 Regional Championship – Lake Barkley                                        Kuttawa, KY

April 25              KHSAA Reg 2 Regional Championship – Lake Cumberland                                 Jamestown, KY

April 25              KHSAA Reg 3 Regional Championship – Green River Lake                                 Campbellsville, KY

April 25              KHSAA Reg 4 Regional Championship – Cave Run Lake                      Salt Lick, KY

May 8-9              KHSAA State Finals – Kentucky Lake                                                                 Calvert City, KY


GAPPS – Georgia Athletics Private Parochial School

LHSAA – Louisiana High School Athletics Association

MissHSAA – Mississippi High School Activities Association

KHSAA – Kentucky High School Athletics Association


Additional SAF events are being added for the latest events line up, visit HighSchoolFishing.org.

Complete rules are available at HighSchoolFishing.org and FLWFishing.com

Registration for the 2020 season state championships and challenge events Opens November 11, 2020 at HighSchoolFishing.org . For SAF High School Fishing State Championships, each team must compete in the state in which their school is located. Teams from all states can compete in a SAF challenge event or a FLW High School Fishing Open tournament. Entries for all State Championships, SAF Challenge events or State Athletic Association events should be made at HighSchoolFishing.org or by calling TBF at (580) 765-9031, entries for FLW Open HS events should be made at Flwfishing.com  or by call 272-252-1000. There is no limit to the number of teams accepted into a tournament from each school or club except per State Athletic Association rules and those events only.

All FLW and TBF High School Fishing tournaments are free to enter there is no event entry fees. The tournaments are two-person (team) events for students in grades 9-12 (one members of each team can be 7th or 8th) and open to any SAF-affiliated high school club.

About The Bass Federation

The Bass Federation Inc., (TBF) is a member of the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame. TBF is owned by those we serve and dedicated to the sport of fishing. The Federation is the largest and oldest, organized grassroots fishing, youth and conservation organization there is. TBF, our affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 events each year and have provided a foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for more than 50 years. TBF founded the Student Angler Federation and the National High School Fishing program in 2007 to promote clean family fun and education through fishing and are proud partners in fishing with FLW. Visit bassfederation.com or highschoolfishing.org and “LIKE US” on Facebook.