Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) and Bass Pro Shops have announced a partnership under which the outdoor retailer will serve as the title sponsor for the FLW High School Fishing Opens.
"FLW and Bass Pro Shops share the same passionate audience," said FLW president of marketing Trish Blake. "Both organizations excel within the outdoors industry. By forming this partnership, we are able to leverage each other's strengths and build upon the synergies between us."
The 2017 High School Opens is a 24-event series featuring tournaments for high school anglers around the country. The tournaments are free to enter, and the top 10 percent of teams in each event advance directly to the High School Fishing National Championship, held June 27-July 1 at Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. Qualifiers in tournaments held after June 10 will advance to the 2018 High School Fishing National Championship.
“Bass Pro Shops is deeply committed to helping young people connect with nature through fishing and outdoor recreation,” said Bass Pro Shops founder/CEO Johnny Morris. “We are very proud to support Fishing League Worldwide and their efforts to grow the sport of fishing with anglers of all ages.”
2017 Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Opens:
May 6: Wisconsin Open & Iowa State Championship (Mississippi River – La Crosse)
May 13: Missouri Open (Truman Lake)
May 14: California Open & State Championship (California Delta)
May 20: Virginia Open & State Championship (Claytor Lake)
June 3: Minnesota Open (Mississippi River)
June 10: Michigan Open & State Championship (Detroit River)
Sept. 9: Louisiana Open (Ouachita River)
Sept. 16: Maryland Open (Potomac River)
Sept. 23: Pennsylvania Open (Raystown Lake)
Sept. 30: Indiana Open (Lake Monroe)
Oct. 7: Illinois Open (Lake Springfield)
Oct.14: New York Open (Oneida Lake)
Oct. 21: Oklahoma Open (Grand Lake)
Oct. 28: Ohio Open (Caesar Creek)
Nov. 4: Kentucky Open (Lake Cumberland)
Nov. 18: Tennessee Open (Norris Lake)
Dec. 2: Georgia Open (Lake Lanier)
Dec. 9: Florida Open (St. Johns River)