Ottawa Valley South Bassmasters

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About Us

Ottawa Valley South Bassmasters consists of a group of anglers who are enthusiastic about fishing. The Chapter membership ranges from the beginner to the seasoned professional angler, and the young, to the young at heart.  We are now entering our 20th year and plan to continue for many more years.  We hold monthly meetings from October to May, and at our meetings, we conduct Chapter general business, discussions on upcoming Chapter projects and community activities, and as well provide presentations on various fishing techniques to the Chapter members.  During the annual bass season, the OVSB conducts a "members only" tournaments series, consisting of five events using the BASS Federation boater/co-angler format, in pursuit of determining the OVSB Angler of the Year recipient. The boater/co-angler pairing are different for each tournament. The boat pairing for each tournament is determined by a draw before the first tournament and you will not fish with the same member twice in the same year.

This format will afford every member the opportunity to gain real on the water exposure to many different bass angling techniques and decrease the overall learning curve in your pursuit in bass angling.

Please be advised that membership within the Ottawa Valley South Bassmasters is based on a Calendar Year. For example, if you join in October as a new member, your membership will expire on December 31st of that same year. With that being said, potential new members are encouraged to attend the meetings from October to December to get more information. Interested new members must attend at least one meeting from October to April in order to be eligible for membership and as per our Chapter bylaw, must be voted in by the current membership. A full copy of the Chapter bylaws will be made available upon joining. If a new member decides to join between October to December, they will not be considered a full member until the following calendar year but can participate in the meetings if they choose to. They will be eligible to vote on any club business once they become a full member.

***** Currently accepting new members *****

Membership in Bassmasters is a rewarding and educational experience.  With the monthly meetings and summer tournaments, there is much to learn and much to teach. Interested members are encouraged to attend one of the monthly meetings for more information. Click here for our meeting dates and location.


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We also help local kids take part in the Kids Fishing Day held on Dow's Lake during the Ontario Family Fishing Weekend.



Club & Federation Dues  - $85.00

B.A.S.S. Membership (Includes subscription to Bassmaster magazine) -  $27.00 USD

Bass Tournament Fees (Includes all five tournaments) - $250.00


Road to the Bassmaster Classic

The B.A.S.S Nation Tournament Trail is the Road to the Bassmaster Classic

Rising through the ranks of the B.A.S.S. Nation to compete in bass fishing's most prestigious tournament takes dedication and perseverance, but the rewards for advancing to the next level are great. The steps from local club to Classic are presented below:


Members of Ottawa Valley South Bassmasters qualify through our local club Bass Fishing Series (from previous year results) for the Ontario B.A.S.S. Nation Provincial Qualifier. The Ontario B.A.S.S. Nation which consists of 21 B.A.S.S Chapters holds the Provincial Qualifier on the last weekend of August of each year to qualify 13 club members to form Team Ontario (a 15-person team plus two alternates) who will compete at the following year B.A.S.S. Nation Eastern Division Championship.


B.A.S.S. invites each B.A.S.S. Nation to bring a 15-person team (one of them is Team Ontario) to one of 6 (six) B.A.S.S. Nation Divisional Tournaments. Ontario B.A.S.S Nation belongs to the Eastern Division. The Eastern Division consists of Ontario, New York, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Spain. The purpose of this 3 day tournament is to qualify one person from each of the 9 Nation teams for the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship. The divisional is a 15-person "team" tournament (13th members is the Junior Team Boat Captain with 14 and 15 being the two Junior members). Prizes are awarded to the teams only. The highest finishing person from each team will qualify for the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, along with the Top junior members from each age group (2) who will compete in the Junior Bassmaster World Championship.


At the B.A.S.S Nation Championship, the Top finisher from each of the 47 B.A.S.S. State Nations and 7 B.A.S.S. International Nations compete within one of the 6 (six) Divisions to qualify for the Bassmaster Classic. The anglers compete individually in this nationally televised tournament to determine the B.A.S.S. Nation champion, however, the highest finishing angler within each of the 6 (six) divisions will earn a birth into the Bassmaster Classic.


6 (six) anglers qualify through the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship to fish the Bassmaster Classic


Road to the Classic