Student Angler Federation Announces 2019 Master High School Schedules and NEW Advancement Opportunities

PONCA CITY, OK (Nov. 27, 2018) – The Bass Federation’s Student Angler Federation (SAF) announced today the 2019 High School Fishing schedule, including forty-two SAF High School Fishing State Championships, three SAF High School Fishing Challenge\Open tournaments, 15 Bass Pro shops FLW High School Fishing Opens, eight state high school athletic association sanctioned tournaments and the pinnacle event in all of high school fishing the High School Fishing World Finals and National Championship which has already been announced for 2019, 2020, 2021 and are listed as well.

In 2018, across all SAF sanctioned events there were more than 30,000 participants in the SAF High School Fishing program. For 2019 just between TBF and FLW events they will have 67 tournaments in which to compete plus hundreds of other SAF sanctioned events.

“As the founders of the National High School fishing movement back in 2007, we have seen it grow and expand rapidly since our first High School Fishing World Finals in 2010 and are proud to have FLW as our partners in providing more fishing opportunities for more high school students than anyone else in the world,” said TBF President Robert Cartlidge. “Together we will continue to provide more and better opportunities for our young people wherever we can.”

To that end SAF announced today that not only will the top 10% of each TBF and/or FLW State Championship Challenge or Open event earn a spot in the National Championship and ALL SAF members world-wide are eligible to compete in the High School Fishing World Finals just like in past years where TBF and FLW offered up over $150,000 in College scholarship and prizes in 2018.  New advancement opportunities and details where announced for top High School anglers who win a SAF state championship and are 16 years old or older.

In 2019 the winners of ALL SAF State Championships who 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, then to the BFL All-American or if they can earn a boater spot along the way possibly even the Forrest Wood CUP!  All while fishing through their home state High School Championship and their home state TBF Federation, Additionally, FLW will place the winning team (16 years old or older) from the National Championship held in conjunction with the 2019 World Finals directly into the BFL All-American.

2019 10th Annual High School World Finals / National Championship:

June 18-22                   Pickwick Lake                                                                                         Florence, Ala.


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

June\July TBA             Upper Mississippi River                                                                         LaCrosse, WI.


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

June TBA                     Lake Hartwell                                                                                          Anderson, SC.


2019 Season SAF High School Fishing State Championships:

Feb. 2                           Florida State Championship – Harris Chain                                          Tavares, FL.

Feb. 2                           Texas State Championship – LBJ                                                         Marble Falls, TX.

Feb 16                          South Carolina State Championship – Santee Cooper                        Summertown, SC.

Feb 23                          Alabama State Championship – Lay Lake                                            Columbiana, AL.

Feb 23                          North Carolina State Championship – Shearon Harris lake                New Hill, NC

March 2                        Virginia State Championship – Lake Gaston                                        Bracey, VA

March 3                        Georgia State Championship –Lake Lanier                                          Gainesville, GA.

March 16                      Utah State Championship – Sand Hollow Lake                                    St. George, UT

March 17                      Missouri State Championship – Lake Of The Ozarks                          Osage Beach, MO.

March 24                      Louisiana State Championship – Toledo Bend                                     Many, LA.

March 30                      Kentucky State Championship – Lake Cumberland                             Somerset, KY.

March 30                      Mississippi State Championship – Fulton, Tenn. Tom Waterway    Fulton, MS

March 30                    Kansas State Championship – Lake Melvern, KS

April 7                          Illinois State Championship – Clinton Lake                                           Weldon, IL.

April 13                         Arizona State Championship – Lake Havasu                                       Lake Havasu City, AZ.

May 4                           Tennessee State Championship – Kentucky Lake                               Birdsong, TN.

May 4                           West Virginia State Championship – Sutton Lake                                Sutton, WV

May 5                           Oklahoma State Championship – Lake Eufaula                                   Eufaula, OK

May 11                         Arkansas State Championship – Lake Ouachita                                  Hot Springs, AR.

May 11                         Oregon State Championship – Columbia River                                    Cascade Locks, OR

May 18                         Ohio State Championship – Ohio River                                                Gallipolis, OH

May 19                         Washington State Championship – Moses Lake                                  Moses Lake, WA.

June 1                          Tri-State Championship (Conn., Mass., R.I.) – Connecticut, Rvr.       Hartford, CT

June 1                          Indiana State Championship – Brookville Lake                                    Brookville, IN

June 29                        Michigan State Championship – Devil’s Lake                                       Lenawee Co, MI

July 13                          South Dakota State Championship – Roy Lake                                   Eden, SD

July 14                          Quad State Championship (PA, DE, MD, NJ.) – Chesapeake Bay    NE Maryland Park

July 14                          Ontario Canada Provincial Championship – Georgian Bay                 Waubaushene, ON

July 28                          Wisconsin State Championship – Pool 8 only                                      LaCrosse, WI

July 28                          Iowa State Championship – Pool 8 only                                               LaCrosse, WI

August 10                     Minnesota State Championship – Mississippi Pools 4-5                     TBA

Sept. 16                        New York State Championship – Lake George                                    Ticonderoga, NY

October 27                   Colorado State Championship – Lake Pueblo                                      Pueblo.CO

TBA                              California State Championship – Pending Permits

TBA                              New Hampshire State Championship – Pending Permits

TBA                              Idaho State Championship – Pending Permits

TBA                              Nebraska State Championship – Pending Permits

TBA                              Maine State Championship – Pending Permits

TBA                              Vermont State Championship – Pending Permits


2019 SAF High School Fishing Challenges\Open Events:

March 10                      Lake Hartwell Early Bird Challenge                                                       Anderson, S.C.

August 25                     Minnesota Challenge\Open – Lake Bemidji                                          Bemidji, MN.


2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Opens:

Feb 9                            Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Lake Seminole                                      Bainbridge, GA.

Feb 23                          Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Sam Rayburn                                       Zavalla, TX.

March 2                        Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Lake Guntersville                                 Guntersville, AL.

March 3                        Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Lake Mead                                            Las Vegas, NV.

April 6                           Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Lake Texoma                                        Pottsboro, TX.

April 13                         Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Lake Cumberland                                 Burnside, KY.

April 27                         Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Smith Mountain Lake                           Huddleston, VA.

May 19                         Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Clear Lake                                            Lake Port, CA

June1                            Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Chesapeake Bay                                  Edgewood, MD.

July 20                          Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Mississippi River                                  Wabasha, MN.

Sept 7                           Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Lake Erie                                               Sandusky, OH.

Sept.21                         Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Arkansas River                                     North Little Rock, AR.

Sept. 29                        Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – California Delta                                     Bethel Island, CA.

Oct 19                           Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Lake of the Ozarks                               Osage Beach, MO.

Nov 2                            Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Lake Hartwell                                        Hartwell, GA.


2019 State Athletic Association Events: (Qualified teams only)

March 2                        GICAA Georgia State Qualifier – Lake Lanier     Gainesville, GA

March 16                      GICAA Georgia Championship – TBA                                                  TBA

May TBA                      KCAA Championship – TBD                                                                  TBD

May 18                         IHSA Illinois State Championship – Carlyle Lake                                 Carlyle, Ill.

April 27                         KHSAA Reg 1 Regional Championship – Lake Barkley                      Kuttawa, Ky.

April 27                         KHSAA Reg 2 Regional Championship – Lake Cumberland               Somerset, Ky.

April 27                         KHSAA Reg 3 Regional Championship – Green River Lake               Campbellsville, Ky.

April 27                         KHSAA Reg 4 Regional Championship – Cave Run Lake                  Morehead, Ky.

May 10-11                    KHSAA Kentucky State Championship – Kentucky Lake                    Calvert City, Ky.


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

Complete rules are available at and

Registration for the 2019 season opens January 3rd, 2019.  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 FLW High School Fishing Open tournaments and SAF High School Fishing Challenge events. Entries for State Championships and Challenge events should be made at or by calling TBF at (580) 765-9031 and entries for Opens should be made at or by calling FLW at (270) 252-1000. There is no limit to the number of teams accepted into a tournament from each school or club.

All FLW and TBF High School Fishing tournaments are free to enter. The tournaments are two-person (team) events for students in grades 7-12 and open to any SAF-affiliated high school club.