Hays, KS (Feb. 17, 2021) – Members of Hays Bass Angler’s Association (HBAA) are overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the area and the community following the theft of the club’s activity trailer. HBAA received its largest donation yesterday, $7,500 from the Schmidt Foundation, facilitated through Eagle Communications and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ellis County. The donations will be used to replace the clubs trailer and its contents after the theft that occurred on Nov. 19, 2020 in Hays. The criminal act was caught on camera by video surveillance equipment but has not been recovered. The Hays Police Department continues to investigate but indicates recovery of the trailer and its contents is not likely. The club has recently received overwhelming support from donors across the state to help replace the trailer and contents. HBAA conducts fund-raising tournaments to support community donations, an endowment scholarship, youth activities and fisheries habitat conservation projects. The names of donors and sponsors are being compiled and will be printed on a trailer wrap. The printed trailer wrap is also being donated to the club by Commercial Signs of Hays, and is one of many donations received. The club wishes to thank all who have donated to during this time of need. (Photo Caption: HBAA’s President Darrell VonFeldt, left, is pictured with Jenny Bates, area manager for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Ellis County, second from left, Travis Kohlrus of Eagle Communications, second from right, and Gary Shorman, chairman/CDO of Eagle Communications, right, as HBAA received a $7,500 donation to replace the club’s stolen trailer and contents from the Schmidt Foundation facilitated by Eagle Communications with the assistance of Kansas Bigs.)
HBAA prepares for spring open tournaments
Hays, KS (Feb. 5, 2021) – Hays Bass Anglers’s Association (HBAA) is preparing for three open tournaments beginning this spring at Lake Wilson, located near Russell, Kan. Lake Wilson is one of the top back bass fishing destinations in Kansas for quality largemouth and smallmouth bass. HBAA will host three open tournaments there, beginning with HBAA’s Wilson Open #1, to be held on April 24, 2021, at Lake Wilson. The second, HBAA’s Wilson Open #2, will be held on May 15th, 2021, and the final tournament HBAA’s Wilson Open #3 will be held on June 12, 2021. All three tournaments will be launching from the Hell Creek Boat Ramp located in the state park at safe light. All three events are being sponsored by Whitetail Properties this year. The added sponsorship will help boost prize money and help the club recover from the theft of their trailer back in Nov. of 2020. For information, or to download the tournament entry forms click on the links provided below. Download entry forms: Wilson Open #1 on April 24, 2021; Wilson Open #2 on May 15, 2021; Wilson Open #3 on June 12, 2021.
HBAA sets date for 2021 Big Bass Challenge
Hays, KS (Nov. 2, 2020) – Hays Bass Angler’s Association has set the date for the 2021 Big Bass Challenge during the club’s virtual monthly meeting through Zoom. Mark your calendars now for Sept. 11, 2021, at Lake Wilson for the Big Bass Challenge. The date will be official when permits are officially issued in January of 2021 by the Kansas Department of Wildlife Parks and Tourism.