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2021 NBAA National Championship Heads to Big Fish Factory April 8-10, 2021 at Dayton, TN on Lake Chickamauga


Ponca City, Okla. (October 12, 2020) – The National Bass Anglers Association announced today that Lake Chickamauga, in Dayton, TN, will host the 2021 NBAA National Championship.  Well known as a “bucket list lake,” Lake Chickamauga will provide the opportunity of a lifetime for many of the qualified teams who will come from across the country for this premier event on one of the top lakes in the country April 8-10, 2021.

Rhea Economic and Tourism Council Inc. will host the national event as anglers travel from North Carolina to Montana and many states in between to stay a week in the region. NBAA is excited to work with the Rhea Economic and Tourism Inc. to host the 2021 championship event.

“Our community is very pleased to welcome the National Bass Anglers Association in April, 2021 to Lake Chickamauga,” Chamber leader, John Bamber said. “We look forward to hosting this great tournament from Dayton Boat Dock, along with all its anglers.”  Chickamauga Lake is one of the best lakes in the country and early spring is a great time to catch the bass of a lifetime.

“The NBAA’s team structured format is a great format to fish,” NBAA Tournament Director, Randy Sullivan, said. “Anglers compete in events on a local level with very little travel or cost. Then, each year they can qualify for a true National Championship event at a famous fishery like Lake Chickamauga where they will catch tons of largemouth bass for a chance at cash and prizes that rival many of the larger organizations.”

Additionally, a record payout awaits the NBAA qualified teams as NBAA sponsor Ranger Boats has upped the ante for the Championship event and the top prize for 2021 will be a RT 198 Ranger Boat, powered by a 150HP outboard!

A detailed fact sheet will be posted to the website at  with more information needed for those attending the event. Wednesday evening, April 7th will be registration / rules meetings, while three competition days will be held Thursday, April 8th, Friday April 9th and Saturday April 10th.

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For more information about the Lake Chickamauga area, contact John Bamber, Rhea Economic and Tourism Inc., 423-775-6171.



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NBAA Announces New NBAA National Championship Dates Due to Covid 19 Based On Advise Of Local Officials.

For Immediate Release (Ponca City, Ok. April 13, 2020 12:53pm)

The National Bass Anglers Association (NBAA) has been in regular contact with officials from Missouri about our upcoming event. After consulting with local officials and Missouri Water Patrol this morning and in the interest of public safety and out of extreme caution for the safety of our anglers, the NBAA National Championship event planned for the Truman Lake, Clinton, MO, April 30-May1,2 and presented by Ranger Boats has been moved back to May 28, 29, 30. 

All other aspects of the event are the same and scheduled to go forward as planned at this time.

NBAA will continue to working diligently during this pandemic to keep our anglers and staff safe and continue to do all we can to provide quality events.  After this morning’s call with state officials, we had no choice but to reschedule the event. We wanted to get the word out to you ASAP so anglers can rebook their lodging. We have spoken to our host lodging providers and they are expecting your calls.  Consulting with local officials and housing providers there were no open dates in June so a late May dates were chosen and officials are confident those should work fine. The fishing is better than it has been in years on Truman Lake in Clinton, MO., someone is going home with a new Ranger Boat powered by Evinrude, Minn Kota and Humminbird and it should be a great event.

Anglers who previously registered for the no entry fee championship event will automatically be moved over to the new dates. Those that cannot make these new dates\location may email us at  or call the national office.

“We do not take moving events lightly.” Stated NBAA President Robert Cartlidge. “But the safety of our anglers, their family and our staff will always be our first priority.  We know that our anglers and communities put these dates on their calendars long in advance and a moving them disrupts vacation time, lodging, tourism and workflow for not only our anglers, site hosts, sponsors and staff but for us as a company, it costs us all. Like each of you, we are taking this unprecedented situation day by day right now until it passes.”

Again, we are sorry for the inconvenience, we greatly appreciate your continued support of NBAA as we work to keep everyone safe. We wish each of you and your families health and happiness and hope to see you at an event in 2020 as it would be our honor to have you there!

NBAA Staff.

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