Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today the schedule, rules, payouts and entry dates for the 2021 season of High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing, along with scholarship and advancement opportunities to compete in the 2021 Toyota Series Championship. The top 10 percent of teams in each High School Fishing tournament will advance to the High School Fishing National Championship, featuring national television coverage on the Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel and World Fishing Network.
“We are thrilled to continue working alongside our partners at TBF to provide incredible opportunities for high school anglers year after year,” said Kevin Hunt, MLF Senior Director of Tournament Operations, College and High School. “These young athletes are the future of our sport, and we take great pride in offering competitive tournaments on fantastic fisheries that pave a path for students to learn what it takes to realize their dreams.
“The opportunity to compete as co-anglers alongside some of the best anglers in the world provides industry lessons and instruction they can’t get anywhere else. We are proud of the accomplishments of our past student anglers and are looking forward to a fantastic 2021 season.”
Registration for the 2021 season of MLF High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing opens November 5. Teams can register at FLWFishing.com or by calling (270) 252-1000. There is no entry fee for high school anglers to compete in any MLF or TBF High School Fishing tournament, however both competing anglers must be a member of the Student Angler Federation (SAF). The $25 SAF membership fee includes membership to both MLF and The TBF for eligibility to fish any SAF tournament, including MLF High School Fishing Opens presented by Favorite Fishing, TBF State Championships and TBF Challenge tournaments.
SAF members receive live weigh-in coverage at every MLF High School Fishing Open presented by Favorite Fishing, a profile on FLWFishing.com to track tournament stats and a digital subscription to MLF Bass Fishing magazine, as well as eligibility to Marshal in the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit. Membership can be purchased at FLWFishing.com or HighSchoolFishing.org.
MLF High School Fishing tournaments are two-person (team) events for students in grades 7-12, and are open to any SAF-affiliated high school club in the United States. The top 10-percent of each MLF High School Fishing Open presented by Favorite Fishing, TBF State Championship and TBF Challenge tournament held prior to June 14, 2021, will advance to the 2021 High School Fishing National Championship, held in conjunction with the High School Fishing World Finals June 30-July 3 on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina. Launched by TBF in 2010, the World Final is the world’s largest open high school bass tournament, where student anglers compete for more than $3 million in scholarships and prizes.
The majority of MLF High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing tournaments are held on Saturdays and are preceded by an Abu Garcia College Fishing tournament the day prior. This provides students and parents the opportunity to network with prospective college teams and coaches during Friday registrations, immediately following college weigh-ins, to facilitate decision-making on future collegiate fishing careers.
Sunday, Jan. 31 – Shasta – Bridge Bay Resort
Saturday, Feb. 13 – Harris Chain – Venetian Gardens – Ski Beach
Saturday, March 27 – Table Rock – Table Rock State Park Marina
Saturday, April 17 – Lake Somerville – Lake Somerville Marina
Saturday, April 24 – Lake Guntersville – Lake Guntersville State Park
Saturday, May 1 – Smith Mountain Lake – Parkway Marina
Sunday, May 16 – California Delta – Big Break Marina
Saturday, June 5 – Potomac River – Smallwood State Park
Saturday, June 12 – Lake of the Pines – Lakeside Park
Saturday, July 31 – Mississippi River-Stoddard – Stoddard Park
Saturday, Aug. 21 – Detroit River – Elizabeth Park Marina
Sunday, Sept. 26 – Clear Lake – Redbud Park
Saturday, Oct. 2 – Lake Dardanelle – Lake Dardanelle State Park
Saturday, Oct. 16 – Lake of the Ozarks – Public Beach #2
Saturday, Oct. 23 – Lake Chickamauga – Dayton Boat Dock
2021 High School Fishing National Championship & World Finals
June 30-July 3 – Lake Hartwell – Green Pond Landing