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 www.nbaa-bass.com  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.

For more information about, NBAA, visit www.nbaa-bass.com or call 580-765-9031. Look for NBAA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nbaabass.

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


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 support@nbaa-bass.com  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.

For more information about, NBAA, OR to start your own NBAA division, visit www.nbaa-bass.com or call 580-765-9031. Look for NBAA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nbaabass.


2020 NBAA National Championship Truman Lake, MO April 30-May 2, 2020

With all the unusual things going on right now, we have decided to extend the REGISTRATION of qualified teams for the upcoming NBAA National Championship.  Registration will now remain open until close of business on Tuesday, March 31stIf you are a qualified team and did not receive an email link to register, please call the office at 580-765-9031 and they can verify that you are qualified and send you the link to register.

If you are qualified and plan on fishing the National Championship on Truman Lake in April, each angler must have a current 2020 NBAA membership or join at the time of registration. Anglers also must have been an active NBAA member in 2019 to participate. Memberships can be renewed by calling the home office at 580-765-9031, by renewing online using the championship registration form, or through the website: https://nbaa-bass.com/membership/

OFF Limits & Pre-Fishing:

There is no Off-Limits Period prior to the week of the NBAA National Championship at Truman Lake. From now until sundown on Saturday, April 25th, you can pre-fish as many times as you like with anyone you wish in order to gain information about the lake.

However, the NO INFO Rule goes into effect on Sunday, April 26th at 12:01 am and runs through the conclusion of the tournament on Saturday, May 2nd. Beginning Sunday, April 26th, you may only fish with your registered partner, and no other information is allowed.

All tournament anglers must be at the ramp loading out or off the water and no longer fishing by 3:00 pm on Wednesday April 29th. Tournament competition days are Thursday, Friday & Saturday April 30, May 1 & May 2.

Be sure to print off the FACT SHEET for the details and times.  I look forward to seeing each of you in April! Good Luck to all qualified teams!

Thank You,

Randy Sullivan,

National Tournament Director

TBF – High School – NBAA Events

1470 Oak Grove Church Road

Mayfield, KY 42066


2020 NBAA National Championship Registration

ATTENTION ANGLERS! The 2020 NBAA National Championship registration has opened for all QUALIFIED anglers! Anglers should have received an email and an angler registration letter with the registration link.

If you have not received an email please contact the office at 580-765-9031 to verify if you are a qualified angler.