High school brothers represent North Dakota at fishing national championship


Angler Federation’s High School Fishing league and a North Dakota state title earned them a berth in the event held from June 30 to July 3 on the 56,000 acre impoundment.

While Brandon, a graduating senior, and Logan, just completing his sophomore year, came up only ounces short of competing in the 10-boat finals on the last day of the tournament, the experience showcased their abilities to study water, find bass where others were not, learn about new lake types and species not available in their home state.

After winning the North Dakota High School Fishing state title for the second year in a row, the brothers jumped on the chance to appear at the 12th Annual High School Fishing World Finals & National Championship, which this year boasted its largest field ever with 400 teams from 41 states and two other countries, including Zimbabwe. After considerable research about Lake Hartwell and its population of spotted and largemouth bass, the pair pinpointed locations of primary and secondary points along the reservoir with sunken trees as go-to locations via contour maps, online resources and YouTube videos from the area. Having relied on the subtleties of finesse fishing on notable North Dakota bass lakes such as Nelson Lake, which was part of their local series of events, they turned to those tactics to find both species of fish on Hartwell….Full Story