ARCHDALE, N.C. — The North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation teaches young anglers the basics with its course, Bass Class 101. The six-week series for high schoolers focuses on bass biology, tournament strategy/tactics, community interaction, resource conservation and business management. After the series is complete, anglers go out in a boat for at least one day of scouting, and then they compete in 11 tournaments. A trophy is awarded at the end of the year. In 2012, the project required six volunteers and attracted 30 participants, dedicating a total of 352 man-hours.
LAKE GASTON, N.C. — The North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation collaborated with the Lake Gaston Homeowner's Association, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and North Carolina State University to plant native aquatic vegetation in Lake Gaston to combat invasive hydrilla infestation. In all, 30 volunteers contributed 480 man-hours to add plants to 100 acres of habitat.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Members of the Archdale Bass Club and Randleman Outdoor Youth helped work fish care for the 2012 Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open on Lake Norman. "The primary focus here was to put youth in the leadership roles working with Chris Bowes," said Bill Frazier of the North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation.
Members of AEBass are working to get legislators to lift the catch-and-kill restriction on largemouth bass.
The Columbia River Bassmasters of Vancouver, Wash., partnered with the Oregon Bass & Panfish Club to build and deploy spider blocks in Hagg Lake near Forest Grove.
PALATINE, W.Va. — A new dock was ready for the West Virginia B.A.S.S. Nation (WVBN) State Championship at Prickett’s Fort State Park late last summer, thanks to a team effort by chapter volunteers, the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and several local businesses.
Members of the West Virginia B.A.S.S. Nation added vegetation to Sutton Lake to improve the habitat for baitfish and bass.
The West Virginia B.A.S.S. Nation has planted another 50 artificial habitats in Summersville Lake.
PORTLAND, Ore. — Central Oregon Bass Club member Lonnie Johnson attended a Rapid Response exercise on invasive species, specifically zebra and quagga mussels. "This was an Incident Command Structure exercise to put the Oregon invasive species plan into action in the event of an infestation," said Johnson. "Oregon B.A.S.S. Nation was invited for feedback/input and to demonstrate the need for a strong volunteer base.
MINNEAPOLIS — Several Minnesota B.A.S.S. Nation clubs have assisted the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in collecting bass creel survey data since 2003. Clubs that participated in at least one of the 260 surveys conducted in 2012 were Fat Belly, Lakes Area, Renegade Bassers, Sportsmen Bassmasters, Viking Bassmasters and Zumbro Valley Bassmasters.