Shawn Berry of Salina, is pictured with his smallmouth bass weighing 3.18 pounds that claimed the top honors at the Hays Bass Anglers Association’s Big Bass Challenge at Lake Wilson in 2016. Mark your calendars now for the 2017 event scheduled for Sept. 9, 2017 at Lake Wilson. Entry forms may be downloaded from the link below and will be accepted on or after April 1, 2017.  (Photo by Steven Hausler)

2017 Big Bass Challenge set for Sept. 9th

Hays, KS  (Jan. 27, 201) Mark you calendars now for the 2017 Big Bass Challenge which is scheduled to be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Lake Wilson. Official permitting has been approved. The Hays Bass Anglers Association is excited to hold the event again at Lake Wilson. HBAA’s Cody Gehrer has been named the tournament coordinator for the annual event. Entry forms will be accepted on or after April 1, 2017, You can download the flyer here: BigBassChallengeFlyer2017.  The 2016 tournament was challenging as the lake received several shots of water that put the reservoir into flood stage during the tournament. Several years of drought conditions resulted in declining water levels before the August and September surge in lake levels. Spawning conditions are expected to be excellent this coming spring with the reservoir up and into an abundance of shoreline vegetation. These conditions are expected to set the stage for an outstanding year class of bass and forage in the coming year.


HBAA begins environmental campaign “Pitch It”

Did you know that because of litter, there have been environmentalists and politicians who have tried to ban the sale and use of soft plastic lures? Can you imagine not being able to fish with some of your favorite baits?

That threat nearly became a harsh reality. A ban in just one state could lead to a domino effect across the country – from lake to lake, and state to state.

The Hays Bass Anglers Association encourages you to take the pledge to “Pitch It”.  To find our more information please go to www.haysbass.com and click on the conservation tab for more information.  Also be sure to follow Hays Bass Anglers on Twitter and Facebook to stay up to date on all youth and conservation projects of the Hays Bass Anglers Association.

If you see the recycle sign (like the one pictured at right), know it is a location where you can safely discard your soft plastics in an environmentally friendly way. Your efforts are a vital part to help Keep America Fishing.

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