Tournament Anglers

2018 Huk Bassmaster Elite at Upper Chesapeake Bay presented by Mossy Oak

Upper Chesapeake Bay, Harford County, MD  - July 26 ~ 29, 2018

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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,
Tournament Bass Fishing Tips

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Do I need a permit?​​

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 by the date on the permit
  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,AMERICAN BASS ANGLERS NJ/PA,BAD WEATHER,BASS,BASS AMB PA,BERKS,BLUE HEN BASS ANGLERS,BRANDYWINE JR BASSMASTERS,BUCK CO.,BUX-MONT PA,CHEAT LAKE ABC,CHESAPEAKE BASS ANGLERS,CHESTER COUNTY BASS MASTERS,CONCORD OPEN,CRABTOWNE,CUMBERLAND VALLEY,DELAWARE BASS FEDERATION NATION,DELAWARE VALLEY BASSMASTERS,EAST PAN OUT,ELECTRIC BASS ANGLERS INC,FISH ON,FISHERS OF MEN,FIVE ALIVE BASSMASTERS,FLW,GARDEN STATE NJ,GARRETT BASSERS,HAWGHUNTERS,KICKIN BASS,LANCASTER,MARSH CREEK,MARYLAND BASS FISHING LLC,MARYLAND BASS NATION,METRO RESERVOIR ANGLERS INC,NOCK MAFIA BFC,OUTCAST BASSMASTERS,PA BASS FEDERATION,PA BASS FEDERATION NATION,POTOMAC RIVER TEAMS,PRECISION TACKLE,PVA,RIVER HILLS,RIVER RATZ,ROCKY GAP BASSMASTERS,SCHUYLKILL,SO JER HOOK THIS,SO JER REEL BURNERS,SUSQUEHANNA FISHING TACKLE INC,ST. JUDE TOURNAMENT,TIDAL PATTERNS BASS CLUB,TIDEWATER BASSERS,TRI-STATE BASS CIRCUIT,UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE BASS FISHING TEAM,UPPER CHES BM,VMI BASS ANGLERS,WEST POTOMAC TOUR.

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