FAQ - Major League Fishing


How do I become an MLF Official?

Becoming an MLF official requires much more involvement than that of an Observer or Marshal. If you’re interested in additional information about how to become an MLF Official, please contact us.


How can I compete in a Major League Fishing event?

If you’re new to tournament bass fishing and you’d like to start competing, we’d encourage you to check out the Phoenix Bass Fishing League to find a tournament that’s near you. If you don’t have a bass boat, you can sign up as a Strike King co-angler.

If you’re ready for the next level of competition, check out the Toyota Series, which offers the biggest payouts for the lowest entry fees of any national tournament trail. This is your opportunity to fish close to home for incredible awards and advancement to the nationally televised Toyota Series Championship where pros fish for $235,000, including a $35,000 Phoenix MLF Bonus, and co-anglers compete for a $33,500 Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat powered by a 115 HP Mercury.

Lastly, if you’re a young angler in high school or college, be sure to check out the Abu Garica College Fishing and High School Fishing schedules. 


How can I tell MLF about something I really enjoy or think the show could improve?

Major League Fishing is growing every year, and with that growth comes constant room for improvement! If you have a comment or question not answered here, please contact us.


How can I work for Major League Fishing?

We’re always thrilled when people want to become a part of our organization. For information on positions as they become available with MLF and other parts of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, please visit this website.


Why are anglers on the Bass Pro Tour penalized when a fish touches the carpet of the boat or the angler’s body?

Major League Fishing takes fish care very seriously. In an effort to encourage anglers to handle fish responsibly, MLF penalizes anglers for actions that might cause unnecessary harm to the fish. Landing a fish improperly is a 2-minute penalty, per the MLF official rules:

“While landing fish, the fish cannot touch the carpet or any other part of the boat inside the gunnel at any time during the process. If the fish comes unhooked from the bait and falls to the carpet or hits any other part of the inside of the boat it will be assessed as a violation. Excepted from this rule will be laying the fish on the carpet to remove a deep set hook, only after it has been properly landed without it touching the carpet. The angler should first ask the MLF Official if Angler can lay the fish on the carpet. If a fish comes off of the scale clip while weighing the fish it will not be assessed as a penalty.

“Additionally, Angler is not allowed to cradle fish or allow fish that he is landing to touch his body. An Angler cannot allow a fish to touch any part of his body other than his hands or forearms. A short and inadvertent touch will not be penalized. If the Angler brings the fish to the body deliberately to secure control of the fish, then it will be a penalty. From a rules standpoint, the body is to be treated the same as the carpet.”

Because of this and the rest of the Major League Fishing rules, we have elevated the level at which professional anglers must compete. Until Major League Fishing, no other bass fishing tournament or organization had been more strict on professional anglers regarding fish care.


Why can’t anglers do anything during a penalty?

Violations of the MLF rules result in penalties, not breaks for the anglers. That’s why anglers cannot get a drink of water, have a snack, retie baits, or do anything other than sit on the boat and talk to the video camera during penalties.


Where can I buy MLF gear?

You can purchase MLF clothes, accessories, and food at ShopMLF.com


How can I suggest a lake for an MLF event?

We get many suggestions regarding lakes for various MLF competitions, and we welcome all suggestions. We ask that you please contact your local community officials and Bass Club and discuss the possibility of Major League Fishing coming to your city before contacting us. If there is an interest from community officials, please have them contact us directly.


How can I get a Major League Fishing item donated for my charity cause of event?

Major League Fishing is happy to help where and when we can, but as you might suspect, we get hundreds of requests from organizations and we are not able to fulfill every request. You can submit a request to MLF via our Contact Us page.


How will fans be able to participate in MLF events?

Fans are invited to attend all MLF events. Fan participation at launch and takeout is a great way to cheer on your favorite anglers.  Plus, you can join us for MLF Festivals, Meet The Pros Days, Trophy Ceremonies, Fan Expos and more.  Each event has something different. 

Find an event near you and plan to attend.


Will there still be new episodes of MLF on television?

Yes, we’re currently in the process of shooting and producing the first season of the General Tire Team Series, where Bass Pro Tour anglers group up into teams of three to go head-to-head against other pro teams. You can view the full MLF television schedule here.


I don’t have Outdoor Channel. Can I still watch new episodes of Major League Fishing?

Yes, you can watch new episodes of MLF on MyOutdoorTV, Outdoor Channel’s streaming service that offers a 7-day free trial and only costs $9.99/month. New episodes of MLF are added to the MOTV library roughly two days after they air on Outdoor Channel.


How soon after a new episode airs on Outdoor Channel will it be available on MyOutdoorTV?

New episodes of MLF are added to the MOTV library roughly two days after they air on Outdoor Channel.


Do you have a fantasy fishing league?

Yes! Visit FantasyFishing.com to learn more about the Phoenix Fantasy Fishing Presented by Abu Garcia game, which is powered by Bally Bet.


Will I have to pay to watch the MLF NOW! live stream on MajorLeagueFishing.com?

No. The MLF NOW! live stream is free to watch on MajorLeagueFishing.com as well as the free MLF app.


Are Major League Fishing pros be allowed to prefish?

During MLF Bass Pro Tour events, the anglers will be allowed two days of practice before the event begins.