2011 Annual Achievements in Conservation: Access

You can have all the fishing equipment in the world and the fishing know-how of the top pros. But if you can't get to a fishing spot, you still can't catch a fish. 

Access to fishing waters is a constant threat, one that comes from many directions — landowners, legislators, anti-fishing groups, etc. B.A.S.S. Federation Nation clubs often work together to keep waters open, not only for their own enjoyment, but for that of their children and grandchildren.

The following access projects are those reported to us as part of the 2011 Annual Achievements in Conservation.



1. Alabama dam relicensing

2. Forever Wild funding extended

3. Lake Michigan access restored

4. West Virginia chapter involved in planning

5. New Mexico clubs rebuild dock

6. Massachusetts anglers clean up ramp

7. Guadalupe anglers represented


Other projects include:

  • Members of the Minnesota B.A.S.S. Federation Nation board of directors attended meetings of the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District to oppose development at Halstead Bay. In addition, they worked with the district to remove fishing tournament permit requirements.