June 2 – Lake Taneycomo – Junior State Championship and Final 2024 Junior & HS Trail Event

Branson, MO:  Missouri TBF will host the final 2024 season Junior and High School Trail event at Lake Taneycomo on Sunday, June 2, 2024.  Take-off and weigh-in will be at the Branson Landing Ramp.  Don’t miss this event!  It will be the rescheduled Missouri Junior State Championship, the top Junior Team from this event will advance to the TBF Junior World Championship at Lake Hartwell, Anderson, SC on July 24-26, 2024.  For the High School Division The top two teams in Team of the Year points will advance to the TBF High School National Championship at Lake Hartwell, Anderson, SC on June 19-22, 2024.  We will have plaques and prizes for the top finishers.  Get your registrations in today!

Entry Form

Lake Taneycomo Fact Sheet

If you have questions contact Chris Dougan or Jeff Jones

Missouri TBF Qualifier Tournament #2 – Pomme de Terre

Event Details


Day 1: 6:30 AM CDST,  Day 2: 6:30 AM CDST

Hermitage State Park Ramp, Hermitage, MO 65668


Day 1:  3:00 PM CDST, Day 2:  3:00 PM CDST

Hermitage State Park Ramp, Hermitage, MO 65668


Pelican Inn 417.282.5937 or Clearlight Inn 417.745.2500 are good choices.

Important Dates:

Entry Form & Payment by April 14, 2024

MO-TBF Qualifier Series 2024 Entry Form

Email your entry forms to motbfboard@gmail.com

Additional Information:

2024 MO-TBF Tournament Rules

Off Limits: Point to point at Hermitage State Park Ramp Cove.  Fishing License:  A Missouri license is required.  Catch Limit: 5; Size Limit: 13″ Largemouth, Smallmouth & Spotted Bass.

Questions contact Chris Dougan at d.chris.dougan@gmail.com

Sunday, March 24, 2024 Lake of the Ozarks – MO-TBF Junior & High School Trail Tournament

Entry forms are due Friday, March 22, 2024

Entry Form

March 24, 2024 LOZ JR & HS Event Fact Sheet

For more information contact Jeff Jones, MO-TBF State Youth Director or Chris Dougan, MO-TBF State President.  You can email your completed entry forms to motbfyouth@gmail.com

Missouri TBF Kicks-off Season at Lake of the Ozarks – Akers and Lewis top finishers.

The 2024 Bass Federation of Missouri kicked off the season at one of Missouri’s premier bass fishing lakes at Lake of the Ozarks.  Going into the event there was lots of excitement with reported tournament weights being above average the weeks leading up to the event.  Oh how fast things can change.  Starting the Monday night leading up to the tournament,  a front moved through the state that brought anywhere from 1.5 to 4.5 inches of rain throughout the lakes watershed.  The rain finally dispersed late Friday afternoon on the last day of practice, but mother nature was about to throw anglers another curve ball.  During the practice session competitors reported water temperatures starting to push into the low 50’s and the bass were on the move as well. 

As competitors gathered in the early hours on Saturday morning at Shawnee Bend Public Access they were met with the other curve mother nature had thrown, below freezing temperatures and sunny bluebird skies. Those temps sent anglers scrambling, and hoping that what they had found in practice would hold. Unfortunately, for all competitors this made the fishing very tough on day 1.  Many anglers that were fishing the river arms reported at weigh-in that the baitfish that they found moving into the back of the creeks had completely disappeared or that the areas were blown out due to muddy water flowing in from the rain earlier in the week.  Anglers that stayed in the clearer waters of the lake reported they could find the baitfish and the bass on their forward facing sonar, but the bite was just very slow. 

After day one’s weigh-in concluded, Tom Shewey found himself atop the leaderboard with four fish at 12.05 pounds, followed by Ken Whitfield and Grant Hinton rounding out the top three.  On the Co-angler side it was Gary Martin with three fish for 7.77 pounds, Clayton Sansoucie in 2nd and Billy Ray rounding out the top three.  Big bass leaders on day one were boater Grant Hinton with a largemouth tipping the scale at 5.73, and co- angler Clayton Sansoucie with a 5.88 largemouth.

On day two the conditions had not improved for anglers.  They were actually met with colder temperatures at the 7 am take off with the same post front sunny bluebird sky and now little to no wind.  Both boaters and co-anglers found the bite to be just as tough as day one.  Many anglers resorted to going back to fishing past history and fishing a lot of areas in order to get bites.  As anglers started their way back to check in by the 3 pm cut off they were met by nervous anticipation waiting to see if anyone had cracked the code of Lake of the Ozarks. 

Grant Akers, First Place Boater

As day two’s weigh-in went on it was very evident that anglers still struggled and the lake was not going to give up many limits of fish this weekend.  After all fish were weighed and tabulated it was two new TBF anglers at the top of the leader boards.  On the boaters side, in his first ever Missouri TBF event Grant Akers took the win with a two-day total of 20.94 pounds with 7 keepers on the weekend.  Grant noted that he purely junked fished, and burned a full tank of gas both days in order to catch his fish.   Another new member found himself punching a ticket to the 2024 nation semi-final was Tom Shewey, with a total of 18.67 pounds.  Taking the last automatic qualifying spot was Missouri TBF veteran Brad Tyer with 18.06 pounds.

Kevin Lewis, First Place Co-angler

Much like the boater side it was TBF newcomer Kevin Lewis winning the co-anglers side  with a two-day total of  12.84. Kevin said all his fish came on a jerkbait.  In second place Mick Maples with 12.12 pounds and taking the final automatic qualifying spot for the co-anglers was long time TBF member and a threat at each event Gary Martin with a two day bag weighing 10.26 pounds. 

The second and last Missouri TBF qualifying event will take competitors to the southwest region of the state at Pomme de Terre Lake held April 20th and 21st. The event will launch out of the Hermitage Public Access. For more information on the event and joining The Bass Federation of Missouri go to www.themissouritbf.com or The Bass Federation of Missouri-TBF MO Facebook Group page. 

Author:  Matt Hyde, 2024