CALVERT CITY – Youth anglers from across the Commonwealth converged on Kentucky Lake May 10-11 for the Kentucky High School Athletic Association’s 2024 Operation UNITE Bass Fishing State Championships, presented by UK HealthCare.

The two-day event was based out of the marina at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park.

A total of 106 two-person boat teams participated, representing 57 schools in the Boys’/Co-ed Division and 13 schools in the Girl’s Division.

Prizes were awarded for the Biggest Fish in each division and for the top pounds caught over the two-day span. There was a five-fish limit each day.

This was the second consecutive season an all-girls state champion was crowned, and the 11th year for the boys’ competition.

Check-ins were streamed live by the KHSAA..

On Thursday, teams attended a rules meeting provided by Tournament Director Scott Ellison from Major League Fishing (MLF) and KHSAA Assistant Commissioner Darren Bilberry. Elena Blevins, Executive Director of the Kentucky Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau provided a welcome to the anglers, boat captains, coaches, and parents.

Operation UNITE chose to be this year’s title sponsor because of its connection to the Hooked On Fishing-Not On Drugs® (HOFNOD) youth prevention program, said Tom Vicini, UNITE President & CEO, adding more than 11,600 youth have participated in a HOFNOD program through December 2023.

Each youth angler and boat captain were given a fishing lure keychain and floating keychain.

Designed for ages 5 and up, HOFNOD on-going program places caring adults in a mentoring relationships with youth to provide a fun alternative to using drugs while teaching youth fishing and conservation skills.

To view results of the championships and learn more about KHSAA fishing visit their website at: https://khsaa.org/sports-sport-activities/spring/bass-fishing/.

About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 290 member schools, both public and non-public. The KHSAA awards 229 state championships to 59 teams and 178 individuals in 13 sports and six sport-activities, funds catastrophic insurance coverage for its more than 109,000 rostered member school student-athletes, provides coaching education and sports safety programs for more than 12,000 coaches and licenses and facilitates the distribution of training material for over 4,000 contest officials.