Student Angler Federation Releases 2019 Master High School Schedules and NEW Advancement Opportunity Details!

The Bass Federation’s Student Angler Federation (SAF) announced today the 2019 High School Fishing schedule, including forty-two SAF High School Fishing State Championships, three SAF High School Fishing Challenge\Open tournaments, 15 Bass Pro shops FLW High School Fishing Opens, eight state high school athletic association sanctioned tournaments and the pinnacle event in all of the high school fishing the High School Fishing World Finals and National Championship which has already been announced for 2019, 2020, 2021 and are listed as well. 

In 2018, across all SAF sanctioned events there were more than 30,000 participants in the SAF High School Fishing program. For 2019 just between TBF and FLW events, they will have 67 tournaments in which to compete plus hundreds of other SAF sanctioned events.

“As the founders of the National High School fishing movement back in 2007, we have seen it grow and expand rapidly since our first High School Fishing World Finals in 2010 and are proud to have FLW as our partners in providing more fishing opportunities for more high school students than anyone else in the world,” said TBF President Robert Cartlidge. “Together we will continue to provide more and better opportunities for our young people wherever we can.”

Students weigh-in at a TBF event. LEWs photo

To that end SAF announced today that not only will the top 10% of each TBF and/or FLW State Championship Challenge or Open event earn a spot in the National Championship and ALL SAF members worldwide are eligible to compete in the High School Fishing World Finals just like in past years where TBF and FLW offered up over $150,000 in College scholarship and prizes in 2018.  New advancement opportunities and details where announced for top High School anglers who win a SAF state championship and are 16 years old or older.

In 2019 the winners of ALL SAF State Championships who are 16 years old or older (one or both team members) will be offered a High School TBF Living The Dream package, a TBF sponsorship for a year to include: fully paid ADULT TBF\FLW competitor membership, Advancement opportunity to represent their home state in a TBF National Semi-Finals as a co-angler, with fully paid entry fees! From there, the sky is the limit, they could qualify for the TBF Federation National Championship, then to the BFL All-American or if they can earn a boater spot along the way possibly even the Forrest Wood CUP!  All while fishing through their home state High School Championship and their home state TBF Federation, Additionally, FLW will place the winning team (16 years old or older) from the National Championship held in conjunction with the 2019 World Finals directly into the BFL All-American.

High School World Finals / National Championship
2019 10th Annual High School World Finals / National Championship:

June 18-22  Pickwick Lake Florence, AL.
2020 11th Annual High School World Finals / National Championship:
June\July TBA  – Upper Mississippi River – Lacrosse, WI.
2021 12th Annual High School World Finals / National Championship:
June TBA  –  Lake Hartwell   – Anderson, SC.

2019 Season SAF High School Fishing State Championships

Feb 2 – Florida State Championship – Harris Chain, Tavares, FL.
Feb 2 – Texas State Championship – LBJ – Marble Falls, TX.
Feb 16 – South Carolina State Championship, Santee Cooper, Summertown
Feb 23 – Alabama State Championship – Lay Lake, Columbiana, AL.
Feb 23 – North Carolina State Championship, Shearon Harris, New Hill, NC

March 2 – Virginia State Championship – Lake Gaston , Bracey, VA
March 3 – Georgia State Championship –Lake Lanier, Gainesville, GA.
March 16 – Utah State Championship – Sand Hollow Lake, St. George, UT
March 17- Missouri State Championship, Lake Of The Ozarks, Osage Beach
March 24  – Louisiana State Championship – Toledo Bend, Many, LA.
March 30  – Kentucky State Championship – Lake Cumberland, Somerset, KY.
March 30  – Mississippi State Championship – Fulton\TnTom Waterway, Fulton

April 7 – Illinois State Championship – Clinton Lake, Weldon, IL.
April 13 – Arizona State Championship – Lake Havasu, Lake Havasu City, AZ.

May 4 – Tennessee State Championship – Kentucky Lake, Birdsong, TN.
May 4  – West Virginia State Championship – Sutton Lake, Sutton, WV
May 5 – Oklahoma State Championship – Lake Eufaula, Eufaula, OK
May 11 – Arkansas State Championship – Lake Ouachita, Hot Springs, AR.
May 11 – Oregon State Championship – Columbia River, Cascade Locks, OR
May 18 – Ohio State Championship – Ohio River, Gallipolis, OH
May 19  – Washington State Championship – Moses Lake, Moses Lake, WA.

June 1 – Tri-State Championship (CT,MA,RI.) – Connecticut Rv. Hartford, CT
June 1 – Indiana State Championship – Brookville Lake, Brookville, IN
June 29 – Michigan State Championship – Devil’s Lake, Lenawee Co, MI

July 13 – South Dakota State Championship – Roy Lake, Eden, SD
July 14 – Quad State Championship (PA,DE,MD,NJ.) – Chesapeake Bay MD
July 14 – Ontario Canada Championship, Georgian Bay, Waubaushene, ON
July 28 – Wisconsin State Championship – Pool 8 only, LaCrosse, WI
July 28 – Iowa State Championship – Pool 8 only, LaCrosse, WI

August 10 – Minnesota State Championship – Mississippi Pools 4-5,  TBA

Sept. 16 – New York State Championship – Lake George, Ticonderoga, NY

October 27 – Colorado State Championship – Lake Pueblo, Pueblo.CO

TBA   –   California State Championship – Pending Permits

TBA  –    Kansas State Championship – Pending Permits

TBA  –    New Hampshire State Championship – Pending Permits

TBA  –    Idaho State Championship – Pending Permits

TBA  –    Nebraska State Championship – Pending Permits

TBA  –    Maine State Championship – Pending Permits

TBA  –    Vermont State Championship – Pending Permits

2019 SAF High School Fishing Challenges\Open Events

March 10 – Lake Hartwell Early Bird Challenge, Anderson, S.C.
August 25 – Minnesota Challenge\Open – Lake Bemidji, Bemidji, MN.

2019 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Opens

Feb 9 – Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Lake Seminole, Bainbridge, GA.
Feb 23 – Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Sam Rayburn, Zavalla, TX.
March 2 – Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Lake Guntersville, Guntersville, AL.
March 3 – Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Lake Mead, Las Vegas, NV.
April 6 – Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Lake Texoma, Pottsboro, TX.
April 13 – Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Lake Cumberland, Burnside, KY.
April 27 – Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Smith Mountain Lake, Huddleston, VA.
May 19 – Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Clear Lake, Lake Port, CA
June 1 – Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Chesapeake Bay, Edgewood, MD.
July 20 – Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Mississippi River, Wabasha, MN.
Sept 7 – Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Lake Erie, Sandusky, OH.
Sept 21 – Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Arkansas River, North Little Rock, AR.
Sept. 29 – Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – California Delta, Bethel Island, CA.
Oct 19 – Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Lake of the Ozarks, Osage Beach, MO.
Nov 2 – Bass Pro Shops FLW Open – Lake Hartwell, Hartwell, GA.

2019 State Athletic Association Events: (Qualified teams only)

March 2 – GICAA Georgia State Qualifier – Lake Lanier, Gainesville, GA
March 16 – GICAA Georgia Championship – TBA
May TBA – KCAA Championship – TBD
May 18 – IHSA Illinois State Championship – Carlyle Lake, Carlyle, Ill.
April 27 – KHSAA Reg 1 Championship – Lake Barkley, Kuttawa, Ky.
April 27 – KHSAA Reg 2 Championship – Lake Cumberland, Somerset, Ky.
April 27 – KHSAA Reg 3 Championship, Green River Lake, Campbellsville, KY
April 27 – KHSAA Reg 4 Championship – Cave Run Lake, Morehead, Ky.
May 10-11 – KHSAA Kentucky State Championship – Kentucky Lake, Calvert City, Ky.

Additional SAF events are being added for the latest events schedule visit

Do YOU have a High School Circuit you would like sanctioned by SAF? It is easy, includes insurance and could include direct qualifying spots to the National Championship, TV time highlighting YOUR circuit and MORE! CONTACT US [email protected]

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Registration for the 2019 season opens January 3rd, 2019. For SAF High School Fishing State Championships, each team must compete in the state in which their school is located. Teams from all states can compete in FLW High School Fishing Open tournaments and SAF High School Fishing Challenge events. Entries for State Championships and Challenge events should be made at or by calling TBF at (580) 765-9031 and entries for Opens should be made at or by calling FLW at (270) 252-1000. There is no limit to the number of teams accepted into a tournament from each school or club.

All FLW and TBF High School Fishing tournaments are free to enter. The tournaments are two-person (team) events for students in grades 7-12 and open to any SAF-affiliated high school club.


One Comment

  1. Don Gowen says:

    Student Angler Bass Fishing has come a long way since we started the Student Angler Bass Fishing Association in 2010. It is wonderful the support that the sport has received from many different areas.

    Don Gowen, Decatur