Fishing Dreams to Come True at US Open Kayak Fishing Championship 

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Fishing Dreams to Come True at US Open Kayak Fishing Championship 

State College, PA – Ever dream of fishing for your country? Want to see how you stack up against America’s best kayak fishing anglers? Want to see the sport of kayak fishing elevated to Olympic recognition? USA Kayak Fishing is excited to announce that anglers from across the country will have an opportunity to fish for the United States. There are two upcoming international events in 2022 that will be attended by the USA Kayak Fishing Team. The Kayak Fishing World Championship is set to be held in Cookeville, TN on Centerhill Lake on April 25th through 30th. The Pan American Kayak Fishing Championship will be chasing giant Mexican bass in the fall of 2022. High School anglers will also get a chance to shine via the concurrent KBF High School Open. There are great opportunities for all kayak anglers. 

World Championship Open spot: 

The overall winner of the US Open (male or female) will earn a spot alongside seven other USA Kayak anglers (Top angler not already on the World Team). This angler will join America’s top kayak anglers including: Rus Snyders, Drew Gregory, Eric Jackson, Ron Champion, Cody Milton, Jaxton Orr and Guillermo Gonzalez. “We are looking forward to filling out our World Team at this event” says Team Manager, John Knight. “What an incredible opportunity for all of our kayak anglers to take their shot at making the team. It is a dream scenario for a lucky angler.” The first ever kayak fishing championships is sanctioned by the Confederation Internationale de Peche Sportive (CIPS). Official World Championship Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be on the line for competitors. CIPS is the only pathway to make kayak fishing a recognized Olympic sport. 

The 2019 USA Pan American Men & Women swept the Gold Medals 

Pan American Open spots: 

The top six men and top six women from the US Open will make the USA Kayak Fishing Pan American team. These anglers will be invited to attend the 3rd annual Pan American kayak fishing championships in Mexico next fall. “We are really excited about this huge opportunity for men and women kayak anglers. They will be part of the Pan Am international movement to support kayak fishing. They will also get an opportunity to catch a bass of a lifetime on one of Mexico’s trophy fisheries” says USA Kayak President, Tony Forte. “Mexico is an incredible host and this will be a fantastic experience for Team USA. Teams from USA, Mexico, Canada, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Columbia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Panama and possibly others!” 


Want to fish for the USA? – Compete at the inaugural Kayak Fishing World Championship! 

The 2021 US Open Kayak Fishing Championship will be held on September 10 – 12th. 

KBF rules apply: 


Event Details 

When: September 10-12, 2021 

Where: Cookeville, TN 

Venues: Center Hill Lake and Cumberland River – Cordell Hull Dam to Gainesboro , TN 

Ticket: $150.00 includes official USA Kayak Fishing Hat 

Prizes: Cash prizes, based on 50/50 entry fee split, will be awarded to top placing competitors. 

2021 US Kayak Open Program 

September 10, 2021 Friday – Parade, Photos, Registration, Angler Meeting 

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Early Registration – waiver, Identifier, photo, swag bag 

4:30 PM Parade Line Up 

5:00 PM Parade start 

5:30 pm Parade group photo 

6:00 pm Parade end back at hotel 

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Registration – waiver, Identifier, photo, swag bag 

7:30 pm Angler Meeting and pizza for KBF High School and US Open anglers 

September 11, 2021 Saturday – Competition Day 1, Youth Angler Education Day 

Water Headquarters is at Edgar Evins State Park pavilions 

5:30 am Anglers may launch 30 before sunrise 

6:00 am Fishing Start 

2:00 pm Fishing Stop 

Youth Angler Education Day 9:00 am – 2:00 pm Cane Creek Park 

3:30 pm Ramp Party and giveaways for KBF and US Open 

4:00 pm Competition Announcements 

5:00 pm Head to Fall FunFest Cookeville’s Main Street music festival with live music, arts and craft vendors, delicious food and fun! 

September 12, 2021 Sunday – Competition Day 2, Awards Celebration 

Water Headquarters is at Edgar Evins State Park pavilions 

5:30 am Anglers may launch 30 before sunrise 

6:00 am Fishing Start 

2:00 pm Fishing Stop 

4:00 pm Awards and winners presentation Edgar Evins State Park pavilions 

Youth Angler Education Day 

A one day program designed to expose youth and their families to various aspects of fishing. 

Participants will have the opportunity to explore three separate areas to learn about Basic Fishing Skills, Aquatic Ecosystems, and Water/Boating Safety. Open to the public. 

September 11 , 2021 

9:00 am – 2:00 pm 

Cane Creek Park in Cookeville, Tennessee 

Map to Cane Creek Park 

Youth Angler Education Day flyer 

Coordinator: Michael Brand – 


KBF High School Event: Kayak Bass Fishing is holding a concurrent High School kayak fishing event. More details to come from this historic event. The Kayak Bass Fishing HIGH SCHOOL SERIES provides high school kayak anglers opportunities to compete against teams from other schools on a state, regional and national setting. 


USA Kayak Fishing is part of USAngling, a 501c3 charitable organization that supports the USA Bass team as they compete in World Championship and Pan-American fishing events around the globe. 

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