BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The 2024 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Series schedule features four national qualifiers on some of the country’s best bass fisheries along with a new format giving grass-roots anglers more opportunities to qualify for the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship and a shot at a berth in the iconic Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic.
Beginning in 2024, both individual B.A.S.S. Nation anglers and club members from each state will be able to enter national qualifier events, with the Top 20 finishers advancing to the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship. Additionally, club anglers will be able to qualify directly from their state tournaments to the championship.
“Our goal is to give the everyday angler more chances to make it to the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, whether they get in via a state-run event or a national qualifier,” said GL Compton, tournament director for the B.A.S.S. Nation. “We know that for many anglers — especially when you’re working or in college — joining a local club isn’t practical, so opening our regional qualifying events to unaffiliated individuals is a way to accommodate those competitors. But, if you’re a club angler, now you’ll have two paths to qualify for the Nation Championship. It really is an all-around win for grass-roots anglers.”
The schedule will kick off early next year on Lake Eufaula in Eufaula, Ala., February 7-9. Known as the “Bass Fishing Capital of the World” and the hometown of late fishing industry legend Tom Mann, the brushpile-laden Chattahoochee River fishery has hosted 18 major B.A.S.S. events since 1968.
After a stop in Muskogee, Okla., April 3-5, the schedule will swing to the upper region of the United States in May with a qualifier on the Mississippi River May 8-10 in La Crosse, Wis.
Just weeks before the Elite Series heads to New York, the final national qualifier event will take place July 24-26 on Lake Champlain in Plattsburgh, N.Y. One of the most picturesque fisheries the B.A.S.S. events visit, this 435-square-mile natural lake straddling the New York/Vermont border delights anglers with the bass fishing trifecta — diversity, quantity and quality.
“We’re excited to roll out the welcome mat for the B.A.S.S. Nation Series on Lake Champlain in 2024,” said Alyssa Senecal, assistant director of tourism and marketing for the North Country Chamber of Commerce. “Our beautiful lake has been serving up big bass and good times for ages, making it a beloved hotspot for anglers and outdoor enthusiasts alike. Get ready for a ‘reel’ adventure as we proudly showcase our backyard to fellow lake-loving tournament participants who, like us, can’t resist the lure of some seriously epic bass action!”
The B.A.S.S. Nation Championship tournament will feature qualifiers from the states and the national qualifier tournaments, as well as international anglers and the Paralyzed Veterans of America Angler of the Year.
Not only will the Top 3 anglers from the overall standings realize a dream of competing in the 2025 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic, the winning angler will also be named the Nation’s Best, punch their ticket to the 2025 Elite Series and enjoy the use of a fully-rigged Nitro Boat and Toyota Tundra. The second- and third-place finishers and nonboater champion will each earn paid entry fees for all divisions of the St. Croix Bassmaster Opens with the opportunity to qualify for the Elites.
“The B.A.S.S. Nation local clubs have been the foundation of our organization for more than five decades and mean so much to so many different people,” said GL Compton, tournament director for the B.A.S.S. Nation. “As someone who grew up fishing with the South Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation, I know that these clubs add so much to the culture and growth of our sport through their conservation efforts and youth events and initiatives.”
For more information on registration, visit Bassmaster.com/b-a-s-s-nation.