Q & A

(Updated February 1, 2021)

Bass Pro Shops US Open National Bass Fishing Amateur Team Championship

Q: Who can participate in the Bass Pro Shops US Open National Bass Fishing Amateur Team Championship?

A: The Johnny Morris Bass Pro Shops US Open National Bass Fishing Amateur Team Championship is an amateur fishing tournament open to all White River Marine Group boat owners (Ranger/Nitro/Triton/Tracker/Sun Tracker/Mako/Tahoe). It will consist of 8 Qualifying Events leading to a Championship Event.

Q: What are participation requirements/limitations?

A: Only amateur anglers, at least one angler must be 18 years of age or older AND owns a White River Marine Group boat: Tracker, Ranger, Nitro, Mako, Triton, Tahoe, Sun Tracker. Any person entering a qualifying event under the age of 18 years must be paired with a boater 18 years of age or older and have the signature of their parent or legal guardian in the provided space on the release.

Q: What does "amateur" mean

A: If anglers meet the criteria below they are not considered an amateur and are not eligible to compete:
a. Anglers that have competed as a boater/pro in a MLF Major or BASS Elite Series event within the last two years immediately preceding the BPO event being entered.
b. Anglers that have ever paid an entry fee greater than $2,500.
c. Anglers that have lifetime earnings greater than $100,000.

Q: When and where are the qualifying events?

A: Qualifying event timing and locations can be found here.

Q: How do I register?

A: You can register for a chance to compete at basspro.com/usopen-registration.

Q: How do I know if I am eligible to register?

A: You must be the current owner of a White River Marine Group boat (Ranger/Nitro/Triton/Tracker/Sun Tracker/Mako/Tahoe) and an amateur. An amateur is defined as:
a. Has not competed as a boater/pro in a MLF Major or BASS Elite Series event within the last two years immediately preceding the BPO event being entered.
b. Anglers have not ever paid an entry fee greater than $2,500.
c. Anglers that do not have lifetime earnings greater than $100,000.

Q: What will I need to register?

A: You will need your boat serial and either your current Boat Registration, a Bill of Sale or Title. You will also need Contact information for you and your fishin’ buddy.

Q: What is the registration fee?

A: Entry fees are $450 per person, $250 for youth ages 12 – 17, and free for kids under 12. Entry includes a US Open Gift Bag for each team member with exclusive goods valued at $150. Most importantly, entry fees will go to conservation and the future of fishing.

Q: What is the required minimum age to register?

A: The boat Owner must be 18 years of age or older to register. Their fishin’ buddy can be any age. If they are 18 and not fishing with their parent or guardian they will need written approval from their parent or guardian to compete.

Q: Why is there a drawing for each qualifier?

A: Due to anticipated high demand, boat owners can only register for one qualifying event, with all entrants placed in an independently verified drawing to determine the 250 teams eligible for each event. Individuals who do not receive a slot in the regional qualifiers can register for the “last chance” qualifier on Bull Shoals Lake in Arkansas, with registration opening later this year.

Q: Can I fish alone or is this a team tournament?

A: This is a team tournament and there must be two anglers per boat. Everyone needs two participants to register.

Q: Can I fish in all Regional Qualifying Tournaments?

A: You may fish in only one qualifying tournament for the 2021 Season.

Q: What is the payout at each Regional Qualifying Tournament?

A: First place at each Regional Qualifying Tournament pays out $50,000, with additional pay outs for the top 40 teams.

Q: What is the payout for the Championship event?

A: Anglers that qualify for the Championship event will have the chance to win $1,000,000. Full details can be found here.

Q: How do I qualify for the National Championship event?

A: 1. The top 40 teams at each Regional Qualifying Tournament will be eligible to fish in the National Championship. Click here to see locations.
2. The highest finishing White River Marine Group (Ranger/Nitro/Triton/Tracker/Sun Tracker/Mako/Tahoe) team from select independent dealers trails will advance to the National Championship. Click here to see locations.
3. The highest finishing team using a White River Marine Group boat (Ranger/Nitro/Triton/Tracker/Sun Tracker/Mako/Tahoe) from 3 collegiate championship tournaments will automatically qualify for the National Championship including: Boat US Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship, Carhartt BASSMASTER College National

Q: How will payouts be paid?

A: Regional Qualifying Tournaments will have checks issued to winners at the end of the weigh-in, once final winners have been announced and confirmed.

Q: Do I have to pay taxes on any earnings and/or prizes?

A: Yes, all payouts will require a completed W9 prior to winning check being issued. All prizes with a retail value of over $600 will also require a W9 to be completed prior to accepting the prize.

Q: What other payouts will there be in the Qualifying tournaments?

A: There will be a variety of additional payouts including Junior Angler, Family, Veterans/Active Military/Hometown Hero categories with additional prizes. Full details can be found here.

Q: If I do not own a boat can I be matched to a Captain?

A: We do not match captains and boats. Everyone needs two participants to register, including one captain.

Q: Can I have other people in my boat while fishing the tournament?

A: You can only have your official registered partner in the boat with you while fishing the tournament.

Q: Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Please click the chat button at the bottom of the page.


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