Dedicated to Youth, Conservation, and Bass Anglers of Michigan

State Championship Eligibility

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

Eligibility Requirements

Each year the Michigan B.A.S.S. Chapter Federation, Inc. (referred to as the Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation or MBN in these Eligibility Guidelines) holds a State Championship to select a Twenty–One (21) angler team to represent Michigan in the B.A.S.S. Nation Central Regional Championship tournament. The team will consist of a 10 Pro-Anglers and 10 Co-Anglers. An Alternate Pro-Angler position will also be determined from the top scoring finishers after the last day of competition.

All affiliated local clubs may send members to the State Championship provided ALL of the following requirements have been met:

  1. Each contestant must be a member of B.A.S.S. (with a current paid magazine subscription).
  2. Be a current paid member of a National B.A.S.S. Nation Club.
  3. Be a current paid member of a Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Club.

The contestant must maintain all memberships (and meet all associated criteria) at all times during their subsequent competitions.

Local clubs are allowed to send all of their members to the State Championship as long as they are on the club roster as of the date set forth by the Board of Directors at the December meeting. Each local club must submit a roster of officers and members to the Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Membership Director by the date designated by the MBN Board of Directors at the December meeting. The member’s name and correct information must appear on that roster. The local club must be in good standing with Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation, B.A.S.S. and the B.A.S.S. Nation.

Each club will send an equal number of boaters and back-seat anglers (non-boater co-anglers or marshals) if it can, but no member will be prevented from attending due to an odd amount of applicants.

Revenues from the State Championship, less any expenses, will be used to help fund the Michigan State Team to the Central Regional tournament, with the minimum acceptable amount being sufficient to help pay reasonable and customary expenses of each team member. Entries must be received on an official entry form or the local club is not eligible. Each Boater will be responsible for providing a replacement boat as needed. Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation is not responsible to provide any replacement boats.

Contestants may only fish one B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship annually. If a competitor has fished a B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship in another State during the calendar year they are not allowed to compete for the Regional team thru the Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship that same year.

Anglers participating in any Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation-sanctioned event shall observe the B.A.S.S. Code of Conduct and all applicable rules for these events. Anglers shall, at all times, conduct themselves in a manner that will not reflect unfavorably on this organization, B.A.S.S., it’s members, officers or representatives, or sponsors. All anglers shall use their best efforts to demonstrate professionalism and integrity in support of the sport of bass fishing. Any angler who violates any of the provisions of the Angler Code of Conduct may be subject to sanctioning from events, up to permanent banning from competition, membership or any combination thereof as deemed appropriate by the Michigan B.A.S.S. Nation Board of Directors.

Participation Levels Explained

Competitive Boater

Pays Required $200 Entry Fee

Fishes Boater’s Tournament

Has Full Boat Control All Day, Fishes from Front Deck

Pays for All Boat Gas

Competing for 1 of 10 Final State Boater Team Spots and 1 Alternate Team Member Position

Moves on to Compete for 1 of 3 Bassmaster Classic Seats as a Boater (Top 3 Finishers at B.A.S.S. Nation Championship)

2017 Geico Bassmaster Classic Presented by Dick's Sporting Goods logo120

Competitive Co-Angler

Pays Required $100 Entry Fee

Fishes Co-Angler’s Tournament

Has No Boat Control All Day, Can Not Go on Front Deck

Does Not Pay for Any Boat Gas

Competing for 1 of 11 Final State Co-Angler Team Spots

Co-Angler National Champion Competes on B.A.S.S. Nation Championship Final Day as Boater (boat provided) for 1 of 3 Bassmaster Classic Boater Seats

2017 Geico Bassmaster Classic Presented by Dick's Sporting Goods logo120

Competitive Marshal

Pays $25 Entry Fee

Fishes Marshal’s Tournament

Has No Boat Control All Day, Can Not Go on Front Deck

Does Not Pay for Any Boat Gas

Competing for a Portion of Paid Entry Fees

Does Not Move On

Non-Competitive Marshal

Pays No Entry Fee

Fishing for Fun

Has No Boat Control All Day, Can Not Go on Front Deck

Does Not Pay for Any Boat Gas

Not Competing

Does Not Move On

Top