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Junior Bassmasters

Junior Bassmaster Club/Team Division

2nd – 8th Grade

Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Junior Bassmaster logo-smallAnglers in this division do not have to belong to the same school district. Anglers are required to belong to an official Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation (MBN) Youth Club. A club must have a minimum of 2 members and an adult coach/advisor.

This Division is made up of 2nd through 8th grade anglers (Junior Division). Anglers who will be enrolled in the 2nd grade in September of the calendar year and join a Junior Club are eligible to compete in the MBN Junior Division.


  • Anglers who will be in 1st grade in September of the calendar year are not eligible to compete in MBN Junior Division tournaments.

Requires a (national) B.A.S.S. Nation Junior Membership and a (state) Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Junior Club Membership. See How to Start a Youth Club for more information on starting a Jr. club and paying Jr. dues online. For information about possibly joining an existing Jr. Bassmaster club, there’s a listing below. Clubs may have their own local dues at their discretion. If there are no Jr. clubs in your area we do maintain a statewide Jr. club anyone can join. Contact our Youth Director for details.

Junior Bassmasters Clubs List (as of 6/7/2018, alphabetical order)

Junior Club Name Junior Club Name
Anchor Bay JR Fenton Junior JR
Barry County JR Fishing Bros JR
BT BASS Team JR Grand Rapids BASS Boys JR

Youth Director

Bret Straffon


If you have an questions or for more information, please contact our Youth Director.

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Jr. Bassmaster Tournament Opportunities

Junior Club Tournaments

Each Jr. Bassmaster club is encouraged to hold club tournaments, meetings and activities. This allows the Jr. members to compete and understand what tournament fishing and being in a club is all about. These tournaments can be anything from 2-3 teams up to several teams. You can use a handheld scale to weigh the fish. Boats are usually supplied by adult members of the affiliated adult bass club, or other volunteers secured by the Jr. Bassmasters and their mentor/adviser. We offer a lot of how-to information and worksheets to track your tournaments.

Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Tournaments

Junior Bassmaster clubs could be invited to participate in separate Junior Bassmaster club tournaments at lakes during sanctioned MBN tournaments. These would be organized and announced by the MBN Youth Director. Watch this website and the calendar for events. It is highly recommended that all MBN Youth members install the MBN-Youth Division App on their smart phones to keep up to date on the latest details!

Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Junior State Championship

Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Junior Bassmasters State Championship logo 120Each year we hold a State Championship for our Jr. Bassmaster Division. You must be a registered Jr. Bassmaster in an affiliated Junior club to enter this tournament. This is a two day event with the total accumulated weight for the two days determining the overall winning team. The event is held in conjunction with the High School State Championship.

  • The appropriate Grade Groups is determined by when they have started the actual grade up until the actual start of the following grade.
  • Junior Grade Group Anglers: Can compete at the Michigan Junior Bassmaster State Championship as individuals against other Michigan Junior Bassmaster anglers in their respective grade group. The winning Junior Group anglers would win to-be-determined prizes and awards.
  • Senior Grade Group Anglers: Compete at the Michigan Junior Bassmaster State Championship as 2-angler teams against other Michigan Junior Bassmaster club teams in this grade group. The winning Senior Grade Group teams would win a prize package to be determined.
    • Compete up to Junior State Championship Tournament Level Only. National competition beyond this requires they belong to and fish as a High School team.
    • This level is designed for the more serious young adult angler who wants to compete in bass fishing tournaments and actually go out on lakes with adult anglers and other young adults.
  • Boats are supplied through their affiliated MBN adult bass club. Additional boats may be supplied by other clubs or qualified non-member boats.

Junior B.A.S.S. Nation

Bassmaster Junior Championship logo150Junior Grade Group Jr. Bassmasters may qualify through the Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Jr. Bassmaster State Championship to be invited to a Junior Bassmaster Championship hosted by the Junior B.A.S.S. Nation. Details, dates and locations are announced annually by B.A.S.S. Youth anglers generally qualify in the present season for the national event the following year.

B.A.S.S. Nation Junior Bassmaster Division

Junior B.A.S.S. Nation new logo120New for 2019, B.A.S.S. has announced a Junior Bassmaster Division held in conjunction with their Bassmaster High School Series. A field of up to 50 junior division teams will compete in each open event with accompanying coaches or team captains. “This is another aggressive step toward giving more young people a chance to fish competitively,” said Hank Weldon, B.A.S.S. senior manager for college and high school. “More parents are realizing that children who fish often avoid a lot of the more harmful aspects of our culture — and by creating a division for second- to eighth-graders, we’re helping parents start them out even earlier.”

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