World's Oldest Open Bass Tournament

Founded in 1955

Opened to All in 1956


Inducted Into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall-of-Fame in 2016.

(Click HOF Trophy for Film)


Watch Honey Hole All Outdoors Filmed at the 2018 Tournament

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 Tournament Director
Sam Scroggins




As we are all aware, coronavirus is spreading rapidly and it is uncertain as to how long its current pandemic state will last. Because of our concern for public health, especially as it pertains to our competitors, staff, and their families, we are suspending plans for this year's April 25-26 State Bass Tournament. Please mark your calendars for the 65th annual tournament to be rescheduled during the same weekend and at the same place next year. 

Those who pre-registered for the 2020 tournament should email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to advise us about how we should handle your pre-paid registration fee: we can either refund them now or apply them against your 2021 registration. You may also need to arrange with others for the cancellation of hotel reservations, etc.

We hope that all who read this post will follow the CDC's recommendations to help avoid contracting and possibly spreading coronavirus.

Stay safe and stay well.



65th Annual



Toledo Bend Reservoir

Fin & Feather Resort

April 25 & 26, 2020 



2019 Texas State Champions

Toledo Bend April 27 & 28

Individual Division – Ricky Blake (Lufkin, TX) - 20.31 lbs
Team Division – Larry Dale Meeks & Butch Morris (Jacksonville) - 28.46 lbs
Couples Division – Brandon & Kassie Reatherford (Bronson) - 25.82 lbs
Sr. Team Division – Norman Terry (Jacksonville) & Don Jones (Sandersville, GA) - 19.69 lbs 
Adult & Boy Division – Stacey Broussard & Ethan Jurquet (Longville, LA) - 24.82 lbs
Adult & Girl Division – Mike McBurney (Sunnyvale) & Ariana Sullivan (Plano) - 27.86 lbs
Bass Club Top 6 – Fielder Church Bass Club (Arlington) - 64.02 lbs
Big Bass Overall  - Bill Lee (North Richland Hills) - 9.52 lbs
Big Bass Youth - Slade Nunnally (Orange) - 4.52 lbs

Click here for tournament champions report
Click here for full tournament results
Click here for bass club results.
Click here for Big Bass results.

The Mother of All Bass Fishing Tournaments

The year was 1955. Earl Golding, Outdoors Editor for the Waco Tribune-Herald, organized the very first bass fishing tournament; the Texas State Bass Tournament. No big prizes were offered, just the honor of being recognized as one of the State's top anglers, plus the opportunity to see and make friends from all parts of the Great State of Texas. Part competition, part reunion, this event offers various competitive divisions that encourage family and youth participation. Participants range from anglers attending their first bass tournament to seasoned veterans. For many, if they only attend one tournament event a year, this is the one!

CLICK HERE to read the December 2005 Texas Parks and Wildlife Magazine cover story about how it all started...