Tournament Anglers

Photo of a largemouth bass torunament angler holding up 2 largemouth bass fish.Welcome to our Tournament Angler page. The Chesapeake Bay watershed is home to many tournaments throughout the year, with most occurring between April and November. Some tournaments are large scale productions, such as the Bassmaster Open. Some are less large and incredibly fun to watch or participate in.

We participate in a cooperative effort with our tournament anglers to keep healthy stocks of fish. In addition to the catch-and-release practices of most tournaments, handling techniques of fish have greatly improved and resulted in many more fish surviving now than twenty years ago.

Read these documents for information on:
Bass Fishing Tips,
General Bass Fishing Tips
Tournament Bass Fishing Tips

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Tournament Permit Requirements

The permittee is required to: 1) ensure that supplies and equipment for tournament are in good working order; 2) ensure that bags used to transport bass do not leak; 3) ensure that largemouth bass are maintained in well-ox​ygenated conditions; 4) ensure that bass are covered by water when transported by bag: 5) ensure that bass are not held in a bag with water for longer than 5 minutes without a water exchange; 6) ensure the legal disposal of dead black bass; 7) ensure that results are reported...permit; and 8) ensure that one of the two possession options are selected, with associated permit conditions specified on the permit being followed.

Tournament Directors Useful Links:


 

Tournament Best Practices:

In February 2016 the department began asking tournament directors to voluntarily include best management practices​ as part of their series.  We want to APPLAUD the following organizations for choosing one or more for their series:  AMERICAN  BASS ANGLERS, BACKWOOD BASSERS, BASS, BASS AMB PA, BERKS BASSMASTERS, BUCK CO. BASSMASTERS, BUX-MONT PA, CHARLES CO BASSMASTERS, CHEAK LAKE ABC, CHES BASS ANG, CHESTER COUNTY BASSMASTERS, CLASSIC BASS, CRABTOWNE, FISH ON, FISHERS OF MEN, FLW, GARDEN STATE NJ, HAWGHUNTERS, KICKIN BASS, LANCASTER, MARSH CREEK, MARYLAND BASS NATION, NEW JERSEY BASS NATION, OUTCAST BASSMASTERS, PA BASS FEDERATION, PA BASS NATION, RIVER RATZ, STICK FIVE BASSMASTERS, MARYLAND BASS FEDERATION, TEAM OUTCAST, TIDAL PATTERNS BASS CLUB, TIDEWATER BASSERS, UPPER CHES BM, SOUTHERN REGION MARYLAND BASS NATION, WED ONLY BASS CLUB, TOP ROD BASSMASTERS, BATTLE ON THE BAY TOURNAMENT SERIES, ST. JUDE BENEFIT TOURANMENT.​