OBN Annual Meeting February 16th

Please accept my invitation to attend the Ohio BASS Nation annual meeting. We will meet on February 16th  2020 at the Caesars Creek Visitors center 4020 N. Clarksville Road Waynesville, OH 45068-9408. Doors will open at 8:00 AM with registration. Admission is $10.00, with admission you will be treated to coffee, donuts, and lunch.

This year we will hold elections for the offices of Treasurer, Web Director, Southern Zone Director, & Vice President, for two-year terms. 

Any member who is interested in stepping up to help lead the Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation please notify, me via email at dan.ryan@kroger.com or phone me at 514-431-1913.

We will update The B.A.S.S. Nations national and local programs. We will review tournament format for 2020 and the added Kayak Event(s).  We will present the 2020 OBN State Team Championship Trail, and the Bass Nation’s BASSMASTERS Team Tournament trail.

We will be acknowledging the 2019 High School and youth champions, the 2098 State Team, or 2019 BASS Nation Northern Divisional team champ and National qualifier.

We will present the 2019 BASS Class recipient.

DNR, will bring us up to date on what is new from ODNR and our Buckeye Lake Project

We will hold a 50/50 raffle and our annual auction to raise money to benefit the OBN and the OBN High School/Youth programs. This auction is a great opportunity for members to pick up quality items at great prices.

I am excited to have the opportunity to meet with the Ohio BASS Nation, I will see you all on February 16th.

Danny Ryan

OBN President

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Online Pay for 2020 is Active!!

Happy New Year OBN Members

Online pay is now active for OBN Tournament Entries and State Dues. State Dues may be paid individually or as a group through your club president. Please list members who paid State Dues in the notes to merchant at checkout if you are paying as a group.


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B.A.S.S. Nation Podcast

If you get a chance, listen to what Jon Stewart and Hank Weldon of B.A.S.S. have to say about the B.A.S.S. Nation in this informative podcast.  They will be talking about all things in the Nation: clubs, college, high school & juniors.

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Bassmaster Team Championship Blog

Whether you’re house bound by the cold or sitting in a treestand, you can follow the Bassmaster Team Championship on Lake Hartwell starting today by checking out the Blog on Bassmaster.

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2019 BASS Team Championship

The 53rd and final spot of the 2020 Bassmaster Classic will be decided this week during the Bassmaster Team Championship held at South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell.  You can qualify for next year’s Bassmaster Team Championship when you sign up for Ohio B.A.S.S. Nation Team Trail in 2020.  Next year’s schedule includes 2 tournaments on Lake Erie and 2 tournaments on Alum Creek Lake!  See you there!! 

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OBN 2020 Proposed Schedule

2020 Proposed Schedule

Finalized State Team (3) Events

  • Tappan Lake May 2nd
  • Alum June 13th
  • Detroit River July 25th & 26th Club Championship

State team positions awarded as such.

Win and you are in for Tappan & Alum. That’s 4 spots total. (Must fish both individual tournaments.)

Top 2 Teams from the Club Championship receive state team spots. Angler/Co-angler
must be designated prior to the start of the event. This makes up 4 total spots.

Angler of the year points awarded on a 200 basis points system for Tappan & Alum. That
makes up 12 remaining spots.

  • All Tie breakers not broke by the rules of the event and double/triple..etc qualifies
    determined by angler of the year points.
  • Alternates fielded from the angler of the year points.

Finalized 2020 Team Trail Schedule

  • Alum April 11th
  • Alum June 6th
  • Lake Erie East Harbor (Open Waters) July 11th
  • Lake Erie Toledo Large Mouth Only August 15th

Youth Event

May – Mosquito Lake

College Event

April 25th Alum

Folds of Honor Event

August 8th Delaware

Note: All dates subject to change based on permits.




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President Post to OBN

Hello Everyone,

The board of directors voted on the 2020 schedule and state team allocations this past week at our board of directors meeting.  We had a very productive meeting on items to finish up this year and working towards 2020.  Ben Stacy and I will be at the National Championship next week with our two champions and also attending leadership meetings to learn about what B.A.S.S. is doing in 2020.  Once we have gathered that information we will be setting up our annual meeting to share the format fully and raffle off some goodies.  Will Presley will be pulling permits for the ramps for our 2020 schedule and assuming there are no issues with those the attached schedule will be confirmed.

We have some open board positions coming available at the 2020 meeting so if you or any of your members would like to run please contact me and I’ll put you on the ballot.  The open positions are as follows:

  1. Southern Zone Director.  I want to thank Matt Pledger for all of his time on the board of directors and his contributions.  He is not running due to growing family commitments with kids in traveling sports.  Fun Times.  We hope to see him on the team trail and individual in the upcoming season. If you see him please take the time to thank him for his lengthy dedicated service.
  2. Treasurer.  Brian Mailot made it through a very tough year with work and kept our books right on point.  In my opinion Brian has held down the toughest position on the board and done it very well.  Brian will stay on board to help onboard the new Treasurer and get the taxes completed for 2019 season.  Thanks again for all the help and hopefully your work schedule will allow you to fish some this coming season.  
  3. Webmaster.  Bret Reid has held this position since the inception of it.  We can’t thank him enough for all the help over the years.  Bret still plans on trying his had at making the state team and we will see him most of the season.  Please take the time to thank Bret for all the years of service to the OBN.
  4. Vice President.  Matt Bertram will be running in the 2020 election to continue his support with the OBN for the next 2 years.  He has really stepped up and help Will run the tournaments.  Matt has my full support in running again in 2020.  If you or one of your members would like to run you most certainly are welcome to run.  Please contact me to get your name on the ballot.

I want to thank the Columbus Bassmasters for hosting the Folds of Honor event in 2020.  They are going to make the event count in their club results but also help us with making a larger event. 

I think the schedule for 2020 is unlike any other we have proposed and I’m very excited to send it to you.  We are keeping the same format as last year but the locations are new and exciting.  We will finalize lake selections and dates for the youth and college when returning from the national meeting.  We hope to see you all out there.  Should you have any questions or concerns please let me know.


Danny J Ryan JR

Ohio Bass Nation – President



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Ohio Bass Nation Team Trail – Lake Erie & Final 2019

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OBN Team Trail Lake Erie





From the Tournament Directors Front Deck:

Ohio Bass Nation presents the Fourth and final Team Bassmaster Championship Trail Event for 2019 on the Lake Erie.  This event will be one of 4 events that determine the Ohio Team Champion.  This event is a two man team event.  There is no official off limits other than what is designated below and to the Tournament Director’s discretion prior to launch.  The rules for the tournament will mirror the Bassmaster Open Rules with Modifications.  See the OBN Website for official rules.  Each team is responsible for knowing the rules along with the laws in Ohio.  Livewell checks will be conducted in the parking lot/on the water, kill switches will be checked, and lights operational to launch.  Safety must be observed.  If your light does not work you won’t be able to launch until safe light or you get your lights working (whichever happens first). Also please check all your safety gear and make sure your flares are up to date.  Fish Care is very important to the OBN and B.A.S.S, so please be prepared to exemplify the best fish care that you can to help ensure that no casualties will occur during the event. When running back for weigh in please make stops to check your fish and water level in well. Lake Erie can be rough on fish if not cared for.    

Where: Sandusky Bay City Ramp – No Launch Fee’s required.

When: Aug 31, 2019

Check In Time: 5:30AM-6:30AM

We need to have all boats in the water by 6:30AM.  Official Sunrise is predicted at 6:55am

Flight 1 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Flight 2 7:15 AM to 3:15 PM (if required)

Off Limits: Canadian Waters

Weigh in starts approximately 3:15 PM

Registration for this can be done on line at www.ohiobassnation.com or at the ramp by 6am.  There is a team membership fee of 20 dollars if you decide to pay at the ramp and are not a member of the Team Bassmaster Championship Trail.


Tournament Director for the event is Will Presley.  Phone number is (614) 778-4183.  Email is wbowtie@aol.com 


Sincerely  Will Presley Jr Tournament Director                                                                                        “Chasing The Dream”

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Folds of Honor date moved to August 24th

From the Tournament Directors Front Deck:

The Ohio Bass Nation presents Patriot Fishing Day on The Ohio River.  This event will allow us to continue supporting a great cause which is contributing to college scholarships for children that have lost a loved one in the line of duty.  Help us support the Folds of Honor goal of “Leaving No Family Behind On The Field Of Battle”.  The entry fee for this event is 150.00 dollars and that includes Big Bass.  A portion of your entry fee will be donated to the folds of honor and the rest will be paid to the field.

This event is a two-man team event.  The Gravel Pits are Off Limits.  There is no other official off limits other than what is designate by the state.  The ramp area will be off limits 30 minutes prior to check in.  Normal Bass Rules apply.  Each team is responsible for knowing the rules along with the laws in Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana.  Fish Care is very important to the OBN and B.A.S.S, so please be prepared to exemplify the best fish care that you can to help ensure that no casualties will occur during the event.    

Where: The Ohio River (Tanners Creek Ramp) – No Launch Fee’s required.

When: August 24th, 2019

We need to have all boats in the water by 5:30 AM.  Official Sunrise is predicted at 6:05am

Flight 1 6:05 AM to 2:05 PM

Weigh in starts approximately 2:15PM

Ramp off limits will begin at 1:35 PM.

Payout schedule based on 60 Boats.  Payout/places paid reduced/increased based on actual entries.

1st place = $2,763.60

2nd place = $1,170.20

3rd place = $558.60

4th place = $411.60

5th place =$264.60

6th place = $235.20

7th place = $205.80

8th place = $176.40

9th place = $147.00


Tournament Director for the event is Danny Ryan.  Phone number is (513) 431-1913.  Email is Dan.ryan@kroger.com.

Sincerely OBN President, Danny Ryan                                     

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