The B.A.S.S. Nation Conservation Clean-Up Challenge

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Emily Hand

DAYTON, Tenn. — Bass fishing fans are accustomed to seeing great competition when anglers head to the scales in each Bassmaster event.

Now, those same fans can get in on some friendly competition of their own, with the B.A.S.S. Nation Clean-Up Challenge.

B.A.S.S. plans to host clean-up efforts at many of its tournament stops during the 2020 season, said B.A.S.S. Conservation Director Gene Gilliland. Conservation efforts are a cornerstone of the B.A.S.S. tradition, and leading efforts to collect litter can have a sizable impact on the waterways the organization and its fans frequent.

“B.A.S.S. was founded on three things: tournament fishing competition, youth participation and conservation,” Gilliland said. “Ray Scott used to always talk about the three-legged stool. This is one of the legs, and it doesn’t get talked about a lot.

“So one of the things we’re trying to do is let people know we care about these resources and we want to preserve them. We also want to get kids involved in the process so they learn at an early age to take care of the environment.”

That effort was on display Saturday prior to the start of the final weigh-in of the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship presented by Bass Pro. Approximately 40 volunteers, including Tennessee B.A.S.S. Nation members and their families, Tennessee Valley Authority staff and more spent several hours collecting trash from the shores of Lake Chickamauga, including bank-fishing accesses and launches.