TBF High School Fishing LogoFLW and The Bass Federation have prepared a full season of High School Fishing tournaments for 2018, headlined by the 2018 High School Fishing National Championship and World Finals on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. As well, the schedule includes 29 Student Angler Federation (SAF) High School Fishing State Championships, 24 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Opens, seven state high school athletic association sanctioned tournaments and three SAF High School Fishing Challenge tournaments.

“High School Fishing is the perfect recruitment, retention and reactivation program,” says FLW President of Operations Kathy Fennel. “Since its introduction in 2010 with the inaugural High School Fishing World Finals, we’ve seen how effective it is at getting new anglers and lapsed anglers on the water while retaining existing anglers who often serve as mentors for school teams. You need to look no further than the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2016 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation that shows an 8 percent increase in fishing participation since 2011 to see the program’s effectiveness. While several factors undoubtedly play into this growth, High School Fishing is certainly a leading contributor. We are creating a whole new generation of anglers and providing them with a connection to their schools and the outdoors.”

The more than 20,000 anglers that participated in the TBF/FLW High School Fishing program this year will have 72 tournaments in which to compete in 2018.

“As the sport’s leading youth organization, we are proud to have FLW as our partner in providing more fishing opportunities for more high school students across North America than anyone else,” says TBF President Robert Cartlidge. “Together TBF and FLW are laying the foundation on which our sport will continue to build, and we look forward to another incredible season working with schools from New York to California and into Canada to provide unprecedented opportunities for students and their families.” 

Registration for the 2018 season opens Dec. 4, 2017, for the Lake Mitchell Open. Registration for all other events will begin Jan. 3, 2018. 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 HighSchoolFishing.org, or by calling TBF at 580.765.9031. Entries for Opens should be made at FLWFishing.com, 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. The top 10 percent of teams competing in each event held prior to June 10 will advance directly to the 2018 High School Fishing National Championship, which is held in conjunction with the 2018 High School Fishing World Finals, June 26-30 on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. Qualifiers in tournaments held June 10 or later will advance to the 2019 High School Fishing National Championship. The High School Fishing National Championship awards the winning team a $10,000 scholarship ($5,000 per student).

All SAF High School Fishing members automatically qualify to compete in the 2018 High School Fishing World Finals. At the 2017 World Finals more than $170,000 in scholarships and prizes were offered to 332 teams from 33 states and Canada.


2018 High School Fishing World Finals/National Championship:

June 26-30               Pickwick Lake                                                                      Florence, Ala.

2018 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Opens:

Jan. 13                    Lake Mitchell Open                                                                Clanton, Ala.

March 3                   Columbus Pool Open                                                             Columbus, Miss.

March 10                 Douglas Lake Open                                                               Kodak, Tenn.

March 17                 Truman Lake Open                                                                Warsaw, Mo.

April 7                     High Rock Lake Open                                                            Lexington, N.C.

May 5                     Mississippi River Open (Wis.)                                                 La Crosse, Wis.

May 12                    Lake O’ the Pines Open                                                        Jefferson, Texas

May 13                    Clear Lake Open/Calif. State Championship                        Lakeport, Calif.

May 20                    Smith Mountain Lake Open                                                   Huddleston, Va.

June 3                     Whitefish Chain Open                                                           Crosslake, Minn.

June 9                     Raisin River Open                                                                 Monroe, Mich.

Sept. 8                    Rend Lake Open                                                                   Whittington, Ill.

Sept. 15                  Kentucky Lake Open                                                             Gilbertsville, Ky.

Sept. 22                  Raystown Lake Open                                                            Hesston, Pa.

Sept. 29                  Wheeler Lake Open                                                               Decatur, Ala.

Oct. 6                     Lake Monroe Open                                                                Bloomington, Ind.

Oct. 13                    Lake Murray Open                                                                Prosperity, S.C.

Oct. 20                    Grand Lake Open                                                                 Grove, Okla.

Oct. 27                    Mosquito Creek Lake Open                                                  Cortland, Ohio

Nov. 3                    Dale Hollow Lake Open                                                          Burkesville, Ky.

Nov. 10                   Ouachita River Open                                                             West Monroe, La.

Nov. 17                   Lake Hamilton Open                                                              Hot Springs, Ark.

Dec. 8                     Lake Seminole Open                                                             Bainbridge, Ga.

Dec. 15                   Lake Okeechobee Open                                                        Clewiston, Fla.

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2018 SAF High School Fishing State Championships:

Feb. 10                   Georgia State Championship – West Point Lake                          LaGrange, Ga.

Feb. 24                   Florida State Championship – St. John’s River                             Putnam County, Fla.

March 10                 Texas State Championship – Lake Palestine                                Flint, Texas

March 24                 Louisiana State Championship – Cross Lake                               Shreveport, La.

March 31                 Kentucky State Championship – Lake Cumberland                      Somerset, Ky.

March 31                 Kansas State Championship – Wilson Lake                                 Russell, Kan.

April 7                     Mississippi State Championship – Tenn. Tom Waterway               Columbus, Miss.

April 8                     Illinois State Championship – Clinton Lake                                    Weldon, Ill.

April 14                    Virginia and North Carolina State Championships – Kerr Lake     Henderson, N.C.

April 28                    New Hampshire State Championship – Lake Winnipesaukee      Gilford, N.H.

April 29                    South Carolina State Championship – Lake Murray                      Prosperity, S.C.

April 29                    Tennessee State Championship – Kentucky Lake                         Birdsong, Tenn.

May 5                     Idaho State Championship – C.J. Strike Reservoir                         Mountain Home, Idaho

May 6                     Arkansas State Championship – Lake Dardanelle                          Russellville, Ark.

May 12                    Ohio State Championship – Alum Creek Reservoir                       Columbus, Ohio

May 13                    California State Championship/Clear Lake Open                           Lakeport, Calif.

May 19                    Alabama State Championship – Lake Neely Henry                       Gadsden, Ala.

May 20                    Iowa State Championship – Mississippi River                               Davenport, Iowa

May 27                    Oklahoma State Championship – Fort Gibson Lake                      Wagoner, Okla.

June 2                     Tri-State Championship (Conn., Mass., R.I.) – E. Brimfield Lake   Sturbridge, Mass.

June 2                     Indiana State Championship – Brookville Lake                              Brookville, Ind.

June 17                   Minnesota State Championship – Mille Lacs Lake                         Isle, Minn.

July 7                     South Dakota State Championship – Lake Henry                            TBD

July 8                     Quad State Championship (Pa., Del., Md., N.J.) – TBD                   TBD

July 21                    Nebraska State Championship – Missouri River                              Niobrara, Neb.

July 28                    Michigan State Championship – Gull Lake                                      Kalamazoo, Mich.

Aug. 5                     Wisconsin State Championship – Bay of Green Bay                       Oconto, Wis.

Sept. 16                  New York State Championship – Great Sacandaga Lake                TBD


2018 SAF High School Fishing Challenges:

Feb. 18                   Lake Hartwell Early Bird Challenge                                             Anderson, S.C.

June 24                   New England Challenge – Lake Winnipesaukee                        Gilford, N.H.

Sept. 16                  Minnesota Open Challenge (Walleye) – Lake Bemidji                Bemidji, Minn.


2018 State Athletic Association Events:

March 17                 GICAA Georgia State Championship – TBD                                        TBD

May 20                    IHSA Illinois State Championship – Carlyle Lake                                 Carlyle, Ill.

April 21                    KHSAA Kentucky Regional Championship – Lake Barkley                  Kuttawa, Ky.

April 21                    KHSAA Kentucky Regional Championship – Lake Cumberland          Somerset, Ky.

April 21                    KHSAA Kentucky Regional Championship – Green River Lake          Campbellsville, Ky.

April 21                    KHSAA Kentucky Regional Championship – Cave Run Lake              Morehead, Ky.

May 11-12               KHSAA Kentucky State Championship – Kentucky Lake                     Calvert City, Ky.