Ponca City, OK. (November 11, 2021) – The Bass Federation (TBF) and Visit Conroe announced today that the nation’s top grassroots anglers are headed to Conroe, Texas and Lake Conroe, February 28 – March 4th, 2022.  If you’re a bass angler you know that early spring in Texas can be a “bucket list” trip. Lake Conroe is certainly near the top of that list. The lake record is nearly 16 pounds (15.93) and Conroe has more than a few 10lb plus bass swimming in it, Conroe can and has turned out five-fish limits of 35-45 pounds!

“Federation angler families from across North America will enjoy the local area as there is a lot of things to see and do.” Stated TBF National President Robert Cartlidge. “And these anglers will have a real chance at catching a fish of a lifetime.”

Known by anglers as one of the top fisheries not only in Texas but in the United States, Lake Conroe is known as Houston’s aquatic playground. The lake boasts an impressive population of bass and crappie and is a year-round catfish hotspot. There is a catch for all freshwater anglers on Lake Conroe all year long! See you on the lake!

TBF anglers in the no-entry fee event will also enjoy increased payouts fueled by the popular TBF National Semi-finals qualifiers that pushed the prize purse in 2021 to nearly $400,000.00 in cash and prizes.

Competitors qualified out of thousands of anglers from across North America at 22 close-to-home district competitions called the TBF National Semi-Finals. The format is designed to make it easier for TBF anglers to fish premier events by minimizing travel time and expenses. TBF anglers fish a national semi-final one year in their home state and in their neighboring state the next to qualify for this National Championship. So, travel to qualify is usually no more than the state next door every other year and the success of the TBF National Semi-finals programs and it payback to the membership continues to climb annually.

All Fifty-five boaters and fifty-five co-anglers from across the US and Canada who earned a spot will fish the first two days of the event and only the 7 Division Champion Boaters and Co-anglers will compete on Friday, the third and final day for the Live Your Dream Prize packages and the National Championship titles.  In addition to the cash prizes, all eligible anglers will receive a lodging stipend from TBF to help offset the cost of their choice of lodging in the area for the actual event days as a part of their qualifying prize and all 14 finalists earns a Living YOUR Dream prize package of various amounts plus multiple advancement contingencies.

The TBF National Champion Boater and National Champion Co-angler will receive a Live Your Dream (LYD) package. The National Champion Boater’s Live Your Dream angler will receive a $130,000 prize package consisting of a $20,000 cash prize, advancement opportunities, a set amount of paid entry fee stipends to their choice of affiliated circuits, a fully rigged Ranger Z520 boat, 250 HP motor, trailer, rigged and ready to go and more!  All theirs to keep and live their dream out of!

The Federation strongly believes in the value of co-anglers, the 2022 National Champion Co-angler LYD package is over $30,000, including 20K cash, advancement opportunities, PLUS a set amount of paid entry stipends into the circuit of choice of affiliated circuit, clothing package and more! All 110 anglers who qualified for the championship on Lake Conroe will be awarded a prize of some amount.

Coverage of the TBF National Championship will be broadcast in high-definition in Federation Angler TV block on the Pursuit Channel, on Outdoor Action TV and streamed live from Lake Conroe’s Stowaway Marina daily on

For more information about Conroe, TX or Lake Conroe please contact

Or call (936)-522-3500 or email

About TBF

The Bass Federation Inc. is the oldest and largest, organized grassroots angling organization in America and a member of the freshwater fishing hall of fame. TBF is 100% owned by those it serves and is dedicated to the sport of fishing. TBF affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 fishing, youth and conservation events at the local level each year, and have provided the foundation for the entire bass fishing industry for 50 years. The Bass Federation is proud “Partners in Fishing” with industry-leading companies like MLF and including Ranger Boats, Lowrance, Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Humminbird, MinnKota, Berkley, T-H Marine, and Power Pole. For more information about The Bass Federation, visit, or call 580-765-9031. Look for TBF on facebook at and on twitter at




The Mississippi Bass Federation hosted the 2021 District 4 NSF event October 16-17, 2021 on Sardis Lake at Engineers Point in Batesville MS.  On Day One anglers had strong winds that lasted all day, then on Day two anglers were met with light winds and a cold front which made for a very interesting turn of events.  Weights were tight all the way to the end.

After two days of competition Mississippi angler Andy Lockhart with a two-day total of 23.30 is the 2021 Dist. 4 National Semi-Finals Champion Boater.  Andy Lockhart will represent Mississippi at the 2022 National Championship.  Finishing second was Alabama angler Walker Whitworth with a two-day total of 22.54.  Walker Whitworth will represent Alabama at the 2022 National Championship.  Finishing third was Joseph Dillinger with a two-day total of 22.04 pounds, fourth was Thomas Bridges with a two-day total of 19.75 pounds, fifth was Danny Carter with a two-day total of 19.50 pounds, sixth was Henry Rockhill with a two-day total of 19.38 pounds and seventh was Logan Main with a two-day total of 19.04 pounds.

On the co-angler side Mississippi angler Drew Gideon with a two-day total of 21.04 is the 2021 Dist. 4 National Semi-Finals Champion Co-Angler and will represent Mississippi at the 2022 National Championship.  Finishing second was Joe Lipsey with a two-day total of 20.92 pounds.  Finishing third was Alabama Co-angler Blake Hollingsworth with a two-day total of 13.64 pounds.  Blake Hollingsworth will represent Alabama at the 2022 National Championship.  Finishing fourth was Timmy Stingley with a two-day total of 13.30 pounds, fifth was Steve Hammack with a two-day total of 13.09 pounds, sixth was Terry Bennett with a two-day total of 12.63 pounds and seventh was Emory Ashley with a two-day total of 12.16 pounds.

Congratulations to all anglers for their fish care.  We had only one lost fish during the two-day event.

Congratulations to Joseph D Dillinger, Mississippi angler, $250 Federation Ranger Bonus Winner.

The Mississippi Bass Federation maintains bragging rights and The District 4 State Pride Award.  The award is determined by adding the weights of the top four boaters and co-anglers from each state selected prior to the event.

Mississippi and Alabama Federations would like to thank The City of Batesville and The Panola Partnership, Inc., as well as, TBF’s Sponsors: Ranger, Bass Pro Shop & Cabela’s, Lowrance, MinnKota, Humminbird, TH Marine, Berkley, Power Pole and MLF. For full results CLICK HERE


Paul Christian of the Clark Hill Bassmasters from Augusta, Georgia won the Boater side weighing a combined two-day total of 23-01 pounds. Paul also won the Ranger Federation Bonus Bucks fishing both days in his 1995 Ranger 371V. As the highest qualifying Georgia Boater, Paul also qualifies to advance to the  2022 Federation National Championship.

As a Boater Raymond Trudeau was a Comeback Angler as he moved up 18 places on the final day with the largest single day total of the tournament weighing 14-05 pounds. Raymond used this momentum to catapult himself to 6th place.  As the highest qualifying Florida Boater Raymond also qualified to advance to the 2022 Federation National Championship.

Don Oliver of the Marietta Bassmasters from Marietta, Georgia won the Co-Angler side by weighing a combined two-day total of 13-06 pounds. As the highest qualifying Georgia Co-Angler Don also qualifies to advance to the 2022 Federation National Championship.

Clinton Thad Lacinak of Florida won the Co-Angler side by weighing a combined two-day total of 9-01 pounds. As the highest qualifying Florida Co-Angler Clinton Thad Lacinak also qualified to advance to the 2022 Federation National Championship.

The competition was tight as Don Oliver of the Marietta Bassmasters beat out Noah Scott of the Lanier Bass Busters for first place by 2 ounces. Noah finished strong with a two-day total of 13-04 pounds.

The Co-Angler Comeback Angler was William Rader of the Twin Cities Bassmasters. William moved up 17 places on the final day posting a single day total of 11-12 pounds. This moved William from 20th to 3rd overall.

Over the span of two days 269 Total Fish were caught for a Total Weight of 562-04 pounds. For full results and more photos of this event CLICK HERE


Well for the second year in a row the Canada, United States border has stopped Ontario Anglers from joining our New York and Pennsylvania state Federations from fishing together and creating great memories and friendships.

Ontario TBF members headed to Rice Lake Ontario, to fish one of the best fisheries in southern Ontario.

Rice Lake is renowned for big small mouth and kicker largemouth, to fill out a 5 bass limit with 20 plus pounds of bass required to cut a check in local tournaments.

With the combination of boater and angler keeping separate bags we opted for a four fish limit in hopes of making a conscious effort at being better stewards of the fishery.

Our host Adventure bay cottages were as excited to see the anglers rolling in for practice on Wednesday, as the anglers were to arrive and get down to figuring out the lake

At 7am Saturday morning the blast off began and at the end of the day some surprising results came to the scales, On the boater side Chris Walter and Theo Cheng we ounces apart with Chris weighing in his 4 bass for 12.57 lbs followed closely by Theo and his 4 at 12.48, close behind were Justin Fung with 11.46 and Doug Garrow with 11.01

On the co angler side only 2 limits were caught and the day one leader Lincoln Gagnon managed to bring 6.73 lbs to the scale followed by James Eckebrecht with 5.95 lbs and Jesse Krall with 4.87

Day one was without a doubt the worst start to any event we had seen. Realistically no one in the co angler field was out of the picture and certainly more than half the boaters had a chance Sunday to become a regional Champion

We woke up Sunday morning to frigid temperatures, but spirits were we high all boats blasted off at 7am and when it came time to check in at 3pm there was great deal of dock talk about who caught what and who would be our champion.

The co-angler side saw day one leader Lincoln Gagnon bring another limit to the scale of 12.45 lbs for a two day total of 19.18 with one co angler left James Eckebrecht needed a massive bag of more than 13.24 lbs to claim the co angler Championship. We soon learned what all the dock talk was about when James put 4 monster smallmouth on the scale for 18.14 lbs and claim the Co Angler Title with a two day weight of 24.09

Co-angler James Eckebrecht

With the bite being what you would expect on Rice Lake everyone seemed to be having a much better day. More limits bigger weights and bigger smiles. On the boater side the field was close to start the day first up to the scales was Justin Fung who started the day in 3rd place. Justin put another 11.97lbs on the scale for the lead. Next Theo Cheng came to the scales and added 15.93 lbs to his day one weight for a total of 28.40. That left day one Leader Chris Walters needing 15 lbs to take the win. Chris was a little nervous coming to the scales and when it was all said and done he became our new Champion with a monster bag of 17.96 lbs for his 4 smallmouth.

Congratulations to Chris Walter a long time member and President of our Kawartha Lakes club.

Boater Champion Chris Walter








Our two 2022 Ontario TBF Champions Chris Walter and James Eckebrecht, We are excited for you both and know you will represent us well in 2022

D14 Ontario Champions Chris Walter and James Eckebrecht

Theo Cheng managed to capture the Ranger Bonus money while finishing second overall in the boater division congratulations Theo and thank you Ranger boats for your continued support

Theo Cheng Ranger Federation Bonus winner








Lastly I would like to thank all of our participants and our hosts Adventure Bay Cottages for making our event a fun filled weekend. Looking forward to hosting New York and Pennsylvania on Lake Erie in 2022 in Port Colborne Ontario.