Started in 2018, the Major League Fishing High School Fishing Camp is coming up on its fifth edition this July 19-21. Each year, the camp is held at Murray State University near the shores of Kentucky Lake and the headquarters of Major League Fishing. The three-day camp experience immerses passionate young anglers and coaches into the world of bass fishing. Not only do students learn about techniques from top MLF pros in small groups, but they’ll receive a glimpse into of the inner workings of the fishing industry through interaction with MLF staff and special guests.
“Hundreds of campers from over 25 states have joined us at camp over the past few years and we are looking forward to welcoming more student anglers this summer,” said MLF Camp Director Scott Ellison. “Our camp is the perfect place for young anglers to expand their knowledge of the sport, meet new friends and learn from a great group of pro anglers.”
Past camp pros include anglers like Bobby Lane, Justin Lucas, Mark Daniels Jr., Dustin Connell, Keith Poche, Matt Becker, Skeet Reese and others.
When students check in on Wednesday at camp, they’ll be greeted by MLF staff and camp counselors. Each camper will be assigned to a group and counselor who will help get them to where they need to be during the three days. Room assignments will also be given out at this time from Murray State University staff. Buses will be used to help shuttle everyone to the various locations being used.
Students attend eight total seminar-style sessions over the course of two days that are conducted by pro anglers, MLF staff and special guests. The first session day is held along the shores of Kentucky Lake at Kenlake State Park. On Friday, the campers will start off at MLF headquarters in Benton, Kentucky. Adult campers will have a total of four sessions to attend during the two days. Students and adults rotate through sessions in groups of 30-40.
The annual MLF Foundation Benefit Tournament will take place the day after camp on Saturday, July 22 at the Moors Resort and Marina on Kentucky Lake. The tournament is open to the public and raises funds for youth fishing programs and initiatives nationwide. This is a team event and up to three people can fish per boat.
The winning team will receive $1,000. Second place is $500, and third place is $250. Additionally, teams may enter categories to win an extra $500 per selection as the highest finisher in that category.
Do I need a boat to attend camp?
Boats are not used during the camp. You’ll only need a boat if you are planning on fishing the MLF Foundation Benefit Tournament the day following camp.
What is included with the camp fee?
Meals, housing, transportation, and instruction are all included with the camp registration.
Do parents have to attend?
Parents do not need to attend the camp. If campers are not fishing the charity tournament on Saturday, they’ll need to be picked up Friday evening following the closing dinner.
Where do I register for camp and the MLF Foundation tournament?
You can learn more about the camp and register at majorleaguefishing.com/camp.