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Junior Bassmasters

State Club Level Junior Bass Clubs

Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Junior Bassmaster logo-smallThe Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation (MBN) Junior Bassmasters youth fishing program has existed a long time. Primarily recommended for youth anglers from 6th to 8th grade who are not eligible yet for High School fishing though other grades may be members too.

Jr. Bassmaster clubs are generally named after their affiliated adult bass club though they can be named anything, and do not have to be directly affiliated with a specific adult club. The Jr. Bassmasters and the High School program are completely different programs.

Grade Level Groups:

  • 9th Grade – 12th Grade, Senior Grade Group (eligible for High School Division too)
  • 6th Grade – 8th Grade, Junior Grade Group
  • 5th Grade and lower kids – cannot compete in the Junior State Championships, but may belong to the club at the individual club’s discretion
  • 16 years old and older can also join a Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Adult Club

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, view “Junior Club” listings on the active Club List page. 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.

Youth Director

Bret Straffon


General Information

  • Minimum of 6 Jr. anglers and 1 MBN adult club youth director required when forming the Jr. Bassmaster club, and to maintain the club.
  • Boats for fishing events are supplied through their affiliated MBN adult club. Additional boats may be supplied by other clubs, or qualified non-member boats.
  • Requires 1 Club Conservation Project annually based on size of the Jr. Bassmaster club.
  • Requires 1 Club Community Service Project annually based on size of the Jr. Bassmaster club.
  • Recommended each Jr. member complete a Boater Safety Course.
  • Members join through their affiliated Junior Bassmasters club with the MBN Membership Director. See How to Start a Youth Club for more details.
  • Members are allowed to participate in up to two (2) Jr. Bassmaster clubs, and in one (1) High School Club at the same time.
  • Jr. Bassmaster clubs are run by the affiliated club youth director.

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

B.A.S.S. Nation Youth logoJunior 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.