The 16th annual ACA Championship is set to be contested on Lake Murray in South Carolina May 26-27, 2021
SAN ANTONIO, TX (April 15, 2021) – College fishing’s longest-running National Championship is set to be contested for a 16th straight season in 2021. The BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops is making its way to Lake Murray in South Carolina in just over a month. This two-day traditional five-bass limit event will take place May 26th-27th at Dreher Island State Park. Two hundred of the top collegiate bass fishing teams in the nation will be competing for the prestigious BoatUS Collegiate Championship title as well as tens of thousands of dollars in prizes & contingencies and following the conclusion of tournament competition one school will be named Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia.
Championship week is one of the most anticipated events of the entire season out on the Bass Pro Shops Collegiate Bass Fishing Series. Off-limits will begin Monday, May 10 and last until the beginning of official practice Saturday, May 22 at safe light. Official practice will last from that Saturday through Tuesday, May 25 at 2:30 PM when all anglers are required to be off the water. Tuesday will be highlighted by the angler check-in and sponsor activation featuring several of the top companies in the nation being on site. There will be casting contests, product demonstrations, giveaways, line spooling station, pros, food, rules meetings, and more on-site all on the 25th of May. Actual Tournament competition will then take place May 26-27.
To find out if you and/or your school qualified to compete in the 2021 Championship, view the complete Championship qualification criteria here. If your school has a recognized bass fishing club or team, then you automatically receive the opportunity to send one boat to compete at Lake Murray.
Additionally, a school will earn another qualification spot for up to two ACA events in which a member of the team competed in to be combined with the automatic qualification, for a max total of three qualification spots. For teams ranked in the Top 25 of the Bass Pro Shops School of the Year presented by Abu Garcia as of May 7, 2021, they will qualify to send a maximum total of four boats per this designation. Also new for the 2020-2021 season, the Top 5 finishing anglers/teams at three ACA ran events automatically qualify for the Championship. These qualification spots do not count towards a team’s maximum total.
Use the Qualification Calculator to determine how many boats your team can send. Registration closes May 7th for the 2021 Championship. In the event that the 200-boat field is not full-on that date, Wild Card slots will be selected at random.
To view the angler packet and a complete schedule of events, click here.
Lake Murray, Dreher Island State Park, and the surrounding area present a premier location and playing field for an event of this prestige. It is important that you begin making your travel plans now to reserve your travel accommodations for the 2021 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops. Follow this link to view a list of preferred host hotels.
For any other information about things to do, places to eat, or sites to see while you are at Lake Murray, visit the Capital City Lake Murray Country website.