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Why Join The Ontario B.A.S.S. Federation Nation?

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Forty years of experience and investment has made B.A.S.S. the unchallenged leader in tournament fishing. Everything from the best way to maintain the health of captive fish to etiquette on the water was developed through years of experience and research.

The Federation Nation is the largest grassroots organization in the world and provides an environment of40 year logo camaraderie, structure, and respect for the environment.

There is a place in the federation for  beginners to experienced anglers with aspirations of competing in fishing’s most prestigious event, The Bassmaster Classic.

Be part of a team to learn and make a difference

Mike Des ForgesProvince wide from London to Kingston and North Bay to Toronto one of our 27 chapters is waiting for new members.

You don't even need a boat, just a rod, some tackle, and a little passion and a love for the outdoors and willingness to learn. Our members are from all walks of life and range in age from 18 to 75. You will learn the basics of tournament fishing and the techniques and tips from the best anglers on the water. 

 

 

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When you join an OBFN  chapter you are a member of B.A.S.S.. what you get

You will receive Bassmaster Magazine, the most comprehensive bass fishing magazine available. It is loaded with tips and information from Elite Series Pros, the best bass anglers in the world fishing the most prestigious tour on earth.  You will also receive BASS Times to keep you up-to-date on all the Federation Nation Tournaments, latest products, and conservation news.

You will also receive Time On The Water with all the latest Canadian news, tips from Canadian pros, and  year round fishing reports from chapters home waters all over the province. When bass season closes Bassmasters don't hibernate, they just keep on fishing.

 

generations

markWho we are and what we represent can be seen in the faces of our Junior Bassmasters when they catch a fish in a junior tournament.  But we do more than just teach our juniors how to fish, use their tackle, or tie a knot ... we teach them to  respect  our waters, the fish that live in them, and the people who live around them. We instil in them a desire to become true conservation minded anglers and prepare them for their future role as stewards of our aquatic resources.

Each Junior Bassmaster must complete a conservation project to qualify for tournaments and the right to work their way through the qualification process. We teach them how to handle fish and keep them healthy through their release after weigh-in.  If you see a young boy or girl picking up garbage on a shoreline or helping the MNR tag fish, or creating fish habitat, it's probably a junior Bassmaster.

There are two age groups of Junior Bassmasters, 11 to 14 and 15 to 18. Our senior Bassmasters frompaul various chapters volunteer their boat and time to take the juniors out during the tournaments and ensure they're safe and have a good time. Each year they participate in qualification tournaments to earn the right to move on to the Worlds Junior Championship.  One junior in each age group qualifies to move to the Eastern Divisional's, and then on to the World Junior Championships where they compete for prizes and scholarships.

We create smiles one junior at a time!

conservation

chequeYou often hear people say "our lake is in rough shape". The truth is that many of our lakes and rivers are actually getting better. The quality of our water is improving and our fish populations are growing and healthier. They may not be as our grandparents remember them but they are better than they were 20 years ago. This is in no small part due to our members, who each year roll up their sleeves and get to work helping to clean our shores, create fish habitat, assists the MNR in tagging and stocking programs, and an array of other initiatives that inch by inch help to improve the condition of our lakes, streams and rivers

The Ontario Bass Federation Nation and its chapters have won numerous awards for their efforts and dedication to conservation. Most recently our York Bassmasters chapter wonbogart creek the prestigious Berkley Conservation Award, complete with a $3,000 prize (that will be used for more fish habitat work) conservation for their work in re-establishing Bogart Creek, part of the Lake Simcoe Watershed.

Lake Muskoka has a thriving Walleye population thanks to the Muskoka Bassmasters.  In cooperation with the Ministry of Natural Resources over 80 tons of rocks were place by hand in the Muskoka River to recreate spawning habitat. The result ... better walleye catches for all anglers.

The list of achievements grows yearly as Ontario B.A.S.S. Federation Nation members spend countless hours trying to restore our waters for all anglers to conditions our Grandparents once knew.

Be Part of the solution

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Whether you are recreational fisherman, an aspiring or accomplished tournament angler, an educator of our youth, or a steward of our waters there's a place for you in the Ontario B.A.S.S. Federation Nation.

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