Anglers qualify through their local clubs for the State Team Qualifier Tournaments. Local clubs along with the state chapter determine the qualifying format on the state level.
The state chapters of the B.A.S.S. Nation hold State Team Qualifier(s) to qualify a 12-person team plus two alternates (one qualifying through the State Team Qualifier(s) and the state president or his/ her representative) as well as two Junior Bassmasters, who will also fish as part of the team. States determine the qualifier format for their state.
B.A.S.S. invites each B.A.S.S. Nation state chapter to bring a 12-person team plus two alternates and two Junior Bassmasters to one of six B.A.S.S. Nation Divisionals. The divisional is a 14-person “team” tournament. Prizes are awarded to the teams only. The highest finishing person from each team will qualify for the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship. The highest finishing Junior Bassmaster in each of the two age groups, 11-14 and 15-18, will advance to the Bassmaster Junior World Championship to be held in conjunction with the BFNC.
Forty-seven B.A.S.S. state Nations and seven B.A.S.S. foreign country Nations compete within one of the six divisions to qualify for the Bassmaster Classic. The anglers compete individually in the tournament to determine a national champion and a Bassmaster Elite Series berth. However, the highest finishing angler within each of the six divisions will earn a berth in the Bassmaster Classic.
Six anglers qualify through the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship to compete in the Bassmaster Classic.