Nebraska B.A.S.S. Federation Nation News & General Information

5/28/18: 2018 College Tournament Flyer, Entry Form and Rules are available to download.
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5/28/18: 2018 Youth/High School Tournament Flyer, Entry Form and Rules are available to download.
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5/5/18: Final Results:

Team Results
Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Total
Place Club Name #Fish Weight # Fish Weight # Fish Weight # Fish Weight
1 River City Bass  35 69.71 33 70.26 36 74.65 104 214.62
2 Big Water Bass  27 56.24 32 75.90 27 59.66 86 191.80
3 Big Eight Bassin  27 60.66 28 68.01 27 56.31 82 184.98
4 F.U.N. Bass 20 50.83 28 61.64 30 70.06 78 182.53

Individual Results:
CLUB OR TEAM MEMBER Day 1 Day 1 Day 2  Day 2  Day 3 Day 3 TOTAL TOTAL
Fish Weight Fish Weight Fish Weight Weight Fish
1 Duane Hanzlik Blue Valley Bass Club  5 14.81 5 13.00 5 14.84 42.65 15
2 Jerry Avis F.U.N. Bass 5 14.34 5 11.00 4 9.13 34.47 14
3 Cort Heinsoth Big Water Bass  5 12.15 5 11.35 5 10.2 33.70 15
4 Chris Brokman Big Eight Bassin  5 11.85 4 11.07 5 10.62 33.54 14
5 Yancey Hartzer Willow Rippers 5 10.21 5 10.73 5 12.41 33.35 15
6 Chad Housh  Parking Lot Bass Club 5 10.57 4 9.73 5 12.93 33.23 14
7 Brian Martin River City Bass  5 11.55 5 9.75 5 11.92 33.22 15
8 Mark Borchers F.U.N. Bass 5 12.56 5 12.98 4 7.66 33.20 14
9 Jeremy Tibben N.V.B 5 11.03 5 10.06 5 11.89 32.98 15
10 Cody Graff Queen City Bass   5 10.34 5 9.60 5 12.94 32.88 15
11 Ralph Mylhousen F.U.N. Bass 5 10.93 5 10.54 5 11.41 32.88 15

Big Bass:

Boater Name Club Weight Non- Boater Name Club Weight
Day Day
Nick Krajnik
Blue Valley Bass Club  5.70 1 Darrin Gatlin NB Norfolk Bassmasters  5.40
2 Dave Fuhr Platte Valley Bass Club 5.78 2 Russ Seaman NB Milligan Bass Anglers 5.19
3 Richard Risewick Milligan Bass Club 5.92 3 Jim Benedict NB River City Bass 2 4.13

Final Results (full file) can be down loaded here
2/17/18: 2018 NE Bass Nation Forms:

State Entry Form  - Deadline to submit is March 17.
State Team Form - Deadline to submit is March 17.

2018 Mr Bass - Deadline to submit is August 1.

These forms are also available in the "Downloadable Resources" Area.
2/12/18: Cool news story from Nebraska.
1/19/18: 2018 College Tournament Flyer, Entry Form and Rules are available to download.
     Flyer      |      Entry Form      |     Rules
1/19/18: 2018 Youth/High School Tournament Flyer, Entry Form and Rules are available to download.
     Flyer      |      Entry Form      |     Rules


01/08/18: Reminder: The next Federation Director's meeting will be 01/14/18 at the Grand Island location. at 10:00 AM.


12/27/17:  The winning NASCAR Raffle ticket was drawn tonight (by Dave K and Co) and the winning ticket belongs to RIVER CITY BASS CLUB.  The club will pick up the $1000 alternate prize at the next Federation Meeting.  Congrats to River City.



Toledo Bend, Clear Lake And Winyah Bay To Host B.A.S.S. Nation Regional Events

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Bass club anglers qualifying for three B.A.S.S. Nation Regional tournaments in 2018 will have an unusual opportunity at the host fisheries — they might encounter a “10” during the competition.

Two of the fisheries, Clear Lake in California and Toledo Bend Reservoir on the Louisiana-Texas border, are known for producing bass weighing 10 or more pounds. The Pee Dee and Santee river basins out of Winyah Bay, S.C., where the B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Regional will be held, aren’t as likely to produce double-digit bass, but there’s a good chance anglers there will see a 10-foot alligator, said Jon Stewart, B.A.S.S. Nation national director.

Stewart announced the 2018 schedule for the Western, Central and Eastern regionals, which are part of the Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Series presented by Magellan Outdoors. They are qualifying events for the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, from which the three top finishers will earn spots in the 2019 Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.

“It’s bound to be exciting for our B.A.S.S. Nation anglers to be able to fish Toledo Bend, where they might catch the bass of a lifetime,” Stewart said. “We should be there at prime time, too.”

The Central Regional will be held March 7-9 out of Many, La. The Western Regional will be May 23-25 on Clear Lake out of Clearlake, Calif. And, the Eastern Regional will be June 20-22 on Winyah Bay.

“At Clear Lake, too, you have the potential of catching a 10-pound bass every time you throw a bait out there,” Stewart added. “Anglers will love it, and we’ll be there at a good time of year. Competitors in the eastern tournament will enjoy Georgetown, which has been a great host for our past tournaments. The fishing will be different from the other two regionals — bass don’t get as big there — but anglers from Maine and other places in the Northeast might see their first alligators.”

B.A.S.S. Nation qualifiers were previously held on Clear Lake and Winyah Bay in 2015. The series hasn’t visited Toledo Bend in more than 15 years, at which time Stewart competed there on behalf of the Kansas B.A.S.S. Nation. Toledo Bend ranked No. 1 nationally on Bassmaster Magazine’s Best 100 Lakes list in 2015 and 2016, and Clear Lake is currently third in the nation on that list of fisheries.

In the regional tournaments, 20-angler teams from 47 states and the province of Ontario compete within their respective geographic divisions. The Central and Eastern tournaments will each include 380 anglers, and the Western event, which comprises fewer states, will draw 220.

At the conclusion of each three-day regional championship, the top boater and the top nonboater from each state receives a bid to compete in the Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Championship presented by Magellan Outdoors. In addition, the winning state team, based on cumulative weight of bass caught, earns a new bass rig that can be used to raise funds for youth and conservation programs and other projects within the states.

Stewart said affiliated B.A.S.S. Nations from nine other foreign countries are invited to send teams to the regional tournaments, or they can conduct qualifying events in their own countries to select a boater and nonboater each to fish in the championship. The date and location of that event will be announced later.

Next season will mark the third year of the innovative B.A.S.S. Nation’s Best program, which rewards outstanding grass-roots bass anglers and helps underwrite their entrance into professional tournament fishing.

The Top 3 finishers in the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship earn berths in the Bassmaster Classic, and they are provided paid entry into the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Series of their choice. In addition, each is given the use of a fully rigged, tournament-ready Phoenix bass boat for one year.

The B.A.S.S. Nation champion also qualifies for the Bassmaster Elite Series and receives a $16,000 bonus should he or she join the circuit. The champion wins a prize boat-and-motor combo to keep. Second- and third-place finishers also receive prize boats, and the non-boater champion earns a prize boat, paid entry into an Opens division and a Bassmaster Classic Marshal spot.

Established nearly 50 years ago when individual B.A.S.S. clubs began to affiliate with the national organization, the B.A.S.S. Nation is a global network of locally organized clubs whose members participate in and support a range of activities, including tournaments, conservation initiatives and youth programs. In addition to organizations in 47 states, B.A.S.S. Nation groups are active in Mexico, Canada, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Japan, Australia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and South Africa.

2018 Academy Sports + Outdoors B.A.S.S. Nation Series Regionals presented by Magellan Outdoors

March 7-9, 2018                 Toledo Bend Reservoir, Many, La.           Host: Toledo Bend Lake Country
May 23-25, 2018                Clear Lake, Clearlake, Calif.                    Host: Konocti Vista Resort and Casino
June 20-22, 2018                Winyah Bay, Georgetown, S.C.                Host: Georgetown County, S.C.


12/04/17:  Director's meeting dates for 2018 are: January 14April 8July 8 and October 14.


9/05/17: "Please find attached a press release that will go out at 10:00am CT. I wanted you all to see it first. As you can see, there will still be 9 Open events, but 4 events per division, two divisions, and an Open Championship.


I know I told you a couple of years ago that everything was be revamped to get the classic down to 50, and this will do that. There will be 2 less spots coming from the Opens.


I really like this new format and it will make the Opens very exciting!


The B.A.S.S. Nation is still the most economical way to make it to the Classic or the Elite’s and if Brandon Palaniuk wins AOY, I am hopeful he will spread the word that he got to the elites through the B.A.S.S. Nation.


Have a great day!"


Jon Stewart

Director, B.A.S.S. Nation

click here to open: 2018 Opens