Youth Program Information

1/28/17: 2017 Youth/High School Tournament Flyer, Entry Form and Rules are available to download.
     Flyer      |      Entry Form      |     Rules
11/22/16: This postcard was sent to the NE Federation from the Nebraska's Youth Team (L-R) Tyler Witte, Jackson Ebbers, and boater Ross Ebbers.  The text says: Thank You for supporting us on our National fishing trip. It was a great experience and we appreciate all you did for us.  Signed Tyler and Jackson


08/09/16: 2016 Costa Bassmaster High School National Championship - ESPNU airings


Below are the original and rerun showings for this year’s tournament. If you need anything else, please let us know.


College Bass Series - ESPNU


Air Date

Time (ET)


High School Bass National Championship

Sat, Aug 20



High School Bass National Championship

Sun, Aug 21



High School Bass National Championship

Sat, Aug 27



06/06/16: The 2016 Youth / High School State Tournament Flyer and Sign-up forms have been posted and are available for download.

Click here to get the FLYER.

Click here to get the Registration Form.

Forms are also available in the Downloadable Resources Area.

2015 Nebraska BASS Nation High School State Tournament

By Dave Greer Youth Director

The 2015 High School Tournament was held July 18, 2015 at Maple Creek State Recreation Area otherwise known as Leigh Lake.  As often happens, the eight teams competing were greeted by thunderstorms in the area in the early predawn leading up to the tournament.  Luckily the storms did clear out in time for the event to start as planned, most teams reported that fishing early was a little tougher than expected, most likely due to the lightning associated with the storm system.

In the end, 3 of the eight teams did bring a five fish limit to the weigh-in with all teams managing at least one keeper.  Finishing in 1st place was the team of Jackson Ebbers and Tyler Witte who brought 5 fish to the scales for a weight of 16.19 lbs. Their limit was anchored by a nice 4.43lb. largemouth.  They reported that they did find a couple of keepers early in the day on buzzbaits and frogs.  Once the early bite died for them they went deep and swam a 5/16 oz. Booyah jig just off the bottom in the timbered areas of the lake.  They caught their big fish using the swim jig.  They told me they used the same technique in last year’s event. Both anglers attend Cambridge Public High School. 

Finishing in 2nd place was the Millard North team of Tyler Fleck and Brady Doblar. They brought 5 fish to the scales as well for a weight of 12.36lbs. with their big bass being a healthy 3.71lber. Tyler and Brady also reported a topwater bite fishing popping frogs very slowly along the rip-rap areas of the lake.  They had 3 keepers in the first 30 minutes doing this.  Once the bite slowed they tried several other techniques with little success.  In desperation they reported going back to the popping frog this time over the weedy areas and caught their last 2 fish in the final 30 minutes including their biggest bass. 

In 3rd place, also with a limit was Ethan Maly who was fishing solo as his regular partner was unable to fish the event.  He was instructed that because of regulations he would have slight handicap as he would have to stop fishing when he closed his lid on the 5th fish.  Ethan brought in 5 fish for 11.61 lbs which included a nice 4.00lb fish.  He also told me he caught his big fish later in the day.  Ethan was one of the anglers who represented Nebraska at the recent High School National event at Kentucky Lake as he and his partner were runners-up last year. 

The big bass of the event was brought in by the team of Josh Francois and Tyler Fenger a healthy  They caught the fish on a deep diving crankbait in the timbered area.  Unfortunately, they only had one other keeper to go with their big fish. 

The teams of Ebbers and Witte as well as Fleck and Doblar will be eligible to fish the HS National Championship next year by their finish.  To do so they will need to start a high school club, we would like all the participants to consider starting a BASS club in their schools.  Thanks to all who participated.

I would like to thank the others who helped out at the event, Dennis and Lois Kotas and Darlene Greer.  Also Thanks to Rick Riley and Terry Cooper of the American Bass Anglers Division 59 for use of their scales.

Final Results are below.

Team                            No. of fish    Tot. Weight   Big Fish

Ebbers/Witte                         5                 16.19            4.43

Fleck/Doblar                          5                 12.36            3.71

Maly/                                      5                 11.61            4.00

Francois/Fenger                     2                     7.81           4.69

Kelle/Blum                            2                     6.90            3.22  

Stratton/Hanna                      3                     5.03            2.03

Ray/Bruns                              1                     2.71            2.71

Cudaback/Leggett                  1                     2.68            2.68



4/28/15: The 2015 High School Championship Tournament information has been posted below:
8/18/14: Results for the High School Championship, held on Aug 09, are posted below:
    1st : Cole Luetkenhaus Ashland, NE -- Nathan Kmiecik , Wahoo, NE      (5) fish / Total 15.74  / Big Bass 4.18
    2nd: Andrew Flair, Omaha, NE -- Ethan Maly, Omaha, NE                      (5) / 13.64  /  3.72
    3rd : Jackson Ebbers, Cambridge, NE -- Tyler Witte, Wilsonville, NE        (5) / 11.92  / 3.16
    4th: Josh Francois , Bellevue, NE -- Draven Ray Plattsmouth, NE            (4) / 10.98  / 3.36
    5th: Adam Diehl, Brady, NE-- MaKensie Nansel North Platte, NE            (3) / 6.24   /  3.12
    6th: Zach Jordan Beatrice, NE -- Colton Kelle,Beatrice, NE                     (2) / 3.70  /  2.12

8/21/14: First Nebraska B.A.S.S. Nation High School Championship Results and Story

By Dave Greer Nebraska B.A.S.S Nation Youth Director

Our first High School Championship was held at Leigh Lake just outside of Leigh NE, in the Maple Creek State Recreation Area.  Six teams were greeted by light breezes and overcast conditions, with a chance or rain showers that never really materialized. 

After a brief rules meeting and drawing for boat positions the teams were sent off, three teams went into the main lake area and three went under the walking path bridge to fish the north section of the lake.  The teams had 6 hours to try and catch their 5 fish limit of 15” bass. 

In the end, the team of Jackson Ebbers and Tyler Witte brought a 5 fish limit with a big fish of 3.16lbs for a total weight of 11.92 lbs.  Jackson and Tyler both attend Cambridge Public.  Their weight was good enough for a 3rd place finish.

Coming in 2nd place with a 5 fish limit for 13.64 lbs and anchored by a big fish of 3.72 lbs was the Millard Public team of Andrew Flair and Ethan Maly.  They had to overcome some adversity as they had boat trailer issues and had to secure a secondary boat the morning of the event.  They reported catching their big fish first thing in the morning on a SPRO popping frog fishing near the highway roadbed. They caught the rest of their fishing on dark colored creature baits and a black and blue NuTech with a Gambler Flap Daddy trailer while fishing in the brush and timber. They also reported the fish would hit on the initial drop or while reeling the bait in. 

The winning team was comprised of Cole Luetkenhaus and Nathan Kmiecik; they attend Mead and Wahoo Neumann respectively.  They brought a 15.74 sack to the scales anchored by 2 bass in the 4lb class with the biggest being 4.18.  They reported catching many fish early shallow along the grass line in the north end on a Lunkerhunt toad and white Booyah buzzbaits.  They said most of these were just short of the 15” length limit.  Their first 4lb’er came on a black and red Zoom Brush Hog and then a Mad Paca by Netbait brought their other fish to the scales.  They said they never left the north end of the lake. Congratulations to them both.

As the winning team, Cole and Nathan will be invited to fish on the regional team next year, with the stipulation that they will need to form a high school club to represent (they can also form a district wide club).  For information on starting a High School or district club please visit for details. 

Final results: 1. Luethkenhaus and Kmiecik 15.74 2. Flair and Maly 13.64 3. Ebbers and Witte 11.92 4. Francois and Ray 10.98 5. Diehl and Nansel 6.24 6. Jordan and Kelle 3.70.

Pict 1 Leutkenhaus/Kmiecik;  Pict 2 Leutkenhaus/Kmiecik;  Pict 3 Maly/ Flair; Pict 4 All competitors; pict 5 Invasive Species seen at Leigh Lake.





See the "Contact Us" page for the Nebraska Federation Nation Youth Director's (Dave Greer) contact information.