Oklahoma high school tournament has record turnout

Outdoor Notebook: High school bass fishing continues to grow

High school bass fishing continues to grow in Oklahoma as evident by the record turnout in last weekend’s first bass tournament of the 2017 season.

The Oklahoma BASS Nation High School Team Trail kicked off its season last weekend at Lake Murray and 86 teams participated. The winning team was Clayton High School’s Zach Bray and Jake Stamps with a one-day tournament total of 10.11 pounds.

The high school tournament trail started in 2013 with four teams and has grown to 95 this year “with more signing up every day,” said Richard Minyard, high school director for the Oklahoma BASS Nation.

Upcoming tournaments are scheduled April 1-2 at Lake Eufaula, April 29 for the state championship at Lake Tenkiller and June 3-4 at Lake Eufaula.

The state championship is open to all high school anglers in BASS Nation clubs, not just those fishing the trail series, and more than 125 teams are expected to enter, Minyard said.

Both the winners of the state tournament and the tournament series will qualify to the national high school championship.

For more information on the high school bass fishing series, contact Minyard at nokcrichard@aol.com or (405) 760-5119….Read More