Proposing High School Bass Fishing

Proposing High School Bass Fishing

A group of Missouri anglers are working with the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) to initiate bass fishing as a sanctioned activity in high schools throughout the state.

Fishing was one of the activities included on the MSHSAA annual questionnaire sent out last winter to its member schools. If the listed activities were to become sanctioned by MSHSAA, the organization wanted to know whether schools would register and participate. The survey revealed that 36 schools were interested in starting bass fishing as an activity. MSHSAA requires participation from 50 schools in order to hold a sanctioned state championship.

The group promoting high school fishing met this summer with Dr. Kerwin Urhahn, MSHSAA executive director, who said the program would be a good one for the schools. However, he said it is up to the group to convince individual high school principals throughout the state to approve such a program. Dr. Urhahn plans on discussing the proposal with principals during a series of area meetings in January and if the principals show enough interest, the proposal will be placed on the annual MSHSAA ballot next April.

Next on the agenda for the group is to attend the area meetings in January with Dr. Urhahn to explain the fishing proposal to school officials. The group is also putting together a list of clubs and individual anglers interested in volunteering to serve as boat captains or mentors for their area high schools.

Missouri anglers became interested in promoting the cause after neighboring Illinois became the first state to sanction bass fishing as a high school activity. Now more than 200 schools participate in the Illinois program.

Anyone interested in helping the Missouri movement can call John Neporadny at 573/365-4296 or e-mail him at john@jnoutdoors.com . More information about the high school fishing proposal is available at the following web sites: www.jnoutdoors.com and www.fishingradioshow.com. Information about the high school fishing proposal is also available on the Facebook page, Supporters of Missouri High School Sanctioned Fishing.

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