Bassmaster’s Middle and High School Series Comes to Bay City


Bay City, MI—About 250 two-person teams have signed up for the upcoming Bassmaster College Series, returning after its inaugural event last year.

Hosted by Michigan BASS Nation and taking place June 9-10, the series focuses on young college and university anglers. says the full field will compete with daily takeoffs at 5:30 a.m. from the Independence boat launch in Bay City near the USS Edison.

Bass weigh-ins will take place on the ramp at 2:30 p.m. with additional coverage of the events available to follow on the Bassmaster website.

Heather Ruckman, coach of the Freeland High School Bass team, said the event is expected to attract college anglers from across the country, including nationally ranked local programs at Adrian College and Grand Valley State University. .

The 2021 Bassmaster event drew winning duo Tucker Smith and Logan Parks from Auburn University in Georgia.

Ahead of the event, Brian Carter, author of The Bass Cast, says Saginaw Bay has gone unnoticed as the premier smallmouth fishery allowing largemouth fishing to improve dramatically over the past two years, both in quality and in quantity.

The Bassmaster High School and the Junior National Open will also take place on Saturday, June 10. This will be followed by the 2022 Abu Garcia Bassmaster High School Series presented by the Academy of Sports + Outdoors on June 11.

More than 120 teams will participate in the open and tournament, with high school teams including Freeland, Midland, Meridian, Fenton and Powers competing. They take off at 5:45 a.m. with a weigh-in at 2:45 p.m.

For more information on attending middle or high school events, or to follow the weigh-ins more closely, visit

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