Jason Baird, Salina, holds the big bass of the event, a 5.25 lb. largemouth bass during the 19th annual Big Bass Challenge on Sept. 7, 2019, at Lake Wilson.

2020 Big Bass Challenge is set for Sept. 12th

HAYS, KS (June 1, 2020) – The Hays Bass Anglers Association is excited about the 2020 Big Bass Challenge scheduled for Sept. 12, at Lake Wilson. Although the entry forms will not be accepted until July 1, 2020, they have been made available here. Please make sure to complete both pages of the entry form before sending them in. Starting positions will be set in the order that entries are received. HBAA would like everyone to know that in the COVID-19 era, we are not expecting that it will be necessary to make changes to registration and weigh-in procedures, but as this pandemic continues, it may be necessary to make adjustments to long-standing practices for the safety of anglers, fans and event staff. Please feel free to download the entry form, but remember, HBAA will not be accepting them until July 1st.


Club recognizes winners at banquet

Hays, KS (Feb. 1, 2020) – The Hays Bass Anglers Association (HBAA), a local bass fishing club affiliated with the Bass Anglers Sportsman’s Society (BASS), awarded the club’s top honors during their awards banquet Saturday, Feb. 1, in Hays. 

Clayton Rudeman, president of Hays Bass Anglers Association, left, is pictured with Klint VonFeldt, Hays, right, after presenting him with the Mr. Bass award, the club’s top honor at their annual banquet Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, in Hays.

Klint VonFeldt, Hays, received the club’s Mr. Bass award for finishing as the top angler through the club’s 2019 tournament schedule. The second honor went to Dave Heffel, Lee’s Summit, MO, who claimed the Buddy Bass award, for finishing second. VonFeldt and Heffel will move on for an opportunity to fish for a spot on Kansas Bass Nation’s (KBN) state team to represent Kansas in upcoming tournament fishing competitions along the path to the Bassmaster’s Classic.

HBAA also honored Darrel VonFeldt, Hays, with the Outstanding Service Award, for volunteerism, leadership and the work he did as the club’s youth director.

HBAA is actively involved in the community hosting an annual youth fishing adventure for children from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ellis County, and the Kids Casting event at the annual Youth Outdoor Festival. The club is also active providing support to Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism for fisheries habitat projects on northwest Kansas lakes and reservoirs


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