To provide an atmosphere of adult fellowship and youth learning by offering affordable tournaments for Bass Anglers and their family with the goal of building relationships and mentoring our youth while improving our fishing ability

Interested in Starting a district please click here or contact Donnie Story at either or (256) 777-3428 .

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Junior Angler of the Month

Clay Butler

The National Bass Fishing Trail is proud to recognize Clay Butler in The Junior Angler Spotlight. Clay just finished his first season with the National Bass Fishing Trail. Clay fished the newly formed Alabama Smith Lake District. Clay had three first place finishes in the district qualifiers. Clay is in the 10th grade and attends Curry High School in Alabama where he is a member of the Curry High School Fishing Team, and He is the starting short stop on the varsity baseball team. Clay has excelled in world of high school fishing. He and his fishing partner fished two high school district qualifying tournaments on Smith Lake in the fall and finished first in both tournaments. They also have fished one regular season High School Tournament this year. It was on Wheeler Lake in Decatur Alabama in February. Clay and his partner finished 2nd with over 18 lbs. Clay's favorite lake to fish is Smith Lake where he loves to cast a football jig. His largest bass to date is a 5.5 lb. Spotted Bass which was caught on Smith Lake. Clay is a very knowledgeable and competitive fisherman and should have bright future in the world of tournament fishing.

Welcome back the Alabama Smith Lake District

Welcome back to the Alabama Smith Lake district!

Billy Adcock has agreed to start this district back up and will start fishing for the 2015 season in November 2014. All tournaments will be run out of Duncan Bridge and start at safe daylight unless otherwise noted. Below is the schedule, Billy's contact information is on his schedule page if you have any questions.

Nov 29th

Dec 20th

Jan 10th

Jan 31st

Feb 14th

Feb 28th

Mar 28-29th, District Championship

New Sponsors

The National Bass Fishing Trail is happy to announce two new sponsors. Denali Rods and Power Pole. Please visit Denali Rods at and Power-Pole at and let them know you fish with NBT.

New Member Offer

Current Members receive free membership for a new member in 2015 for bringing a new member to NBT in 2014. The New Member must qualify and fish a District Championship.

Kaufman cranks his way to Championship and Angler of the Year!

The NBT Nationals was held June 25-27 at Neely Henry Lake in Gadsden, AL. Illinois Director Mark Kaufman won the adult division with a three day total of 35.30 pounds, beating out 2nd place Bubba Ingleburger who had 32.59. Billy Adcock, Mike Pharr, and Tim Potts rounded out the top 5. Mark caught the majority of his fish on a Strike King 3xd sexy shad crankbait. He was targeting points with stumps in about 10-12 ft of water. Mark gave lots of credit to his side-imaging unit to find the isolated stumps. Each morning Mark was able to get a small limit pretty quick but waited on whatever afternoon current would come to upgrade each day. It wasn’t all easy for Kaufman who finished in 6th after day 1, but a 14.89 lb bag pulled him to 2nd place behind Ingleburger after day 2. Just over 9lbs was good enough to pull out the victory and gain enough points to also make him NBT Angler of the year for the 2013 season. This is also back-to-back wins and AOY for the Illinois district.

Kyle Ingleburger wins Junior Division at Neely Henry

Fresh off of qualifying for the Junior Bassmasters Classic, Tennessee district Junior Angler Kyle Ingleburger went wire to wire to win the NBT Nationals. Kyle’s 26.83 three-day total was just enough to survive a late charge by Alabama North’s Austin Adcock who had 25.63. Hank Lowrie was third, followed by Denver Satterlee and Chris Pharr. Kyle, who’s dad finished 2nd on the adult side, used a ½ football jig and a Zoom speed craw to target deeper spotted bass in 15 to 20 ft deep. Most of their fish were caught up-river where more current was prevalent. Ingleburger also gained enough points to capture the Angler of the Year title as well. His first and the district’s 2nd in a row.

  • One-day tournaments where individuals fish with or without a boat.
  • Non-boaters fish with either a family member or through a partner draw.
  • No mandatory meetings, pre-registration or late fees.
  • Tournament meeting and draw will be held at the ramp the day of the tournament.
  • Boaters are guarantee usage of their boat. If you bring a boat you will have the option to fish from it.
  • Youths 17 and under will fish with the adult that brought them.
  • Non-boaters are welcome. (Please contact District director to make sure of boat availability.)
  • Total pay out is 88% of all money paid in. At each tournament end, 76% of the fees will be paid at the ramp, the other 12% will be paid at the Annual Championship.
  • Tournament reports will be posted on this website, -Standings will be posted monthly on this website as well as in a monthly newsletter every active member will receive.
  • Members can fish in any NBT tournament in the country and their points will count in their home district. -National standings will be determined by top 4 qualifier finishes as well as one District Championship result.
  • Costs:
  • Tournament entry fee is 50$ plus a 5$ big bass option pot.
  • Of the 50$ tournament entry.
    $38 will be paid back at the ramp.
    4$ will go to the director.
    6$ will go towards the national escrow-2$ will go towards operations cost
  • Junior
  • 15$ annual membership that includes a monthly newsletter
  • Tournament entry fee is 15$ plus a 5$ big bass option.
  • Of 15$ entry:
    10$ is paid back at the ramp.
    5$ will go towards the national junior escrow.
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