Biggest Televised College Bass Fishing Event

Nearly 400 students, 200 competitor boats set to take to the water at
BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship Presented by Bass Pro Shops

FLORENCE, Ala. – Registration is closed and the field is set for college fishing’s longest running bass angling competition, the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops, to be held May 26-27. This is the 17th year the event will draw hundreds of college students from around the country vying for $30,000 in cash, prizes and contingencies.

If the student happens to have a vessel breakdown, run aground or accidentally run out gas, the nation’s largest on-water recreational boat towing fleet, TowBoatUS, will be there to ensure competitors don’t miss weigh-in.

With nearly 200 boats and 400 student competitors, the BoatUS competition is the pinnacle event of the season for the Association of Collegiate Anglers, the first organization to offer no-entry-fee tournaments for college students. Today, the BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops has the largest national television reach and media coverage of any college bass fishing event in the U.S. This year’s Pickwick Lake action will air in late summer on Outdoor Action TV, one of the largest on-line streaming platforms for outdoor programming. It will also air on Pursuit Channel, World Fishing Network, and other regional networks in the fall. Daily results and videos can be found at

The event kicks off May 24 at McFarland Park in Florence with an angler appreciation event and a star-studded angler and sponsor banquet May 25 before the competitor fleet heads out for two days of nation’s best bass fishing on Pickwick Lake which runs 50 miles from Wilson Dam in Florence, Alabama, to Pickwick Dam in Tennessee. Teams will also be competing for valuable points that count toward Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.


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About Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS):

Celebrating more than 55 years, BoatUS is the nation’s largest advocacy, services and safety group with more than 800,000 dues-paying members. BoatUS is the boat owners’ voice on Capitol Hill, fighting for their rights. The TowBoatUS® fleet is available 24/7 to assist our members on the water when boats break down or run aground with some 600 vessels and 300-plus locations across North America, bringing our members safely back to the launch ramp, marina or dock. On the road, we are The Boat Owners Auto Club™, helping ensure roadside trailer and tow vehicle breakdowns won’t slow you down. BoatUS offers GEICO boat insurance policies that give boat owners affordable, specialized coverage and the superior service they need. Award-winning BoatUS Magazine is the largest circulation recreational marine publication in the U.S. with engaging content that speaks to the passion for boat ownership, while our 501(c)(3) nonprofit BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water offers the nation’s only free online boating safety course and many other programs that keep boaters safe and our waters clean. Visit