To support youth fishing among Iowans through educational programs, mentoring and competition, so that Iowa youth develop leadership skills and become stewards of our natural resources.
The Iowa Youth Fishing League is a nonprofit organization created with the mission of serving Iowa youth anglers and families interested in pursuing their passion for fishing, tournament angling, and conservation efforts.
Members will have the opportunity to pursue paths related to their interests and goals as youth anglers. These pursuits may include conventional fishing knowledge and skills, urban fishing initiatives, conservation efforts, and tournament angling among other opportunities.
Tournament angling (ages 7-18) pursuits will include approximately 10 local tournaments throughout an April to October season, a state championship event to serve as a qualifier for the B.A.S.S. Nation High School National Championship, as well as opportunities in B.A.S.S. Nation Opens. Tournament anglers will learn and practice a multitude of skills related to competitive angling as well as have opportunities to learn from collegiate and professional anglers.
In addition to, or in lieu of, tournament angling, all members will have an opportunity to attend an exclusive learning or experience event monthly. These events will host a multitude of unique programming and provide members and their families the opportunity to explore, grow, and participate through their vast interests of fishing and the outdoors.
The Iowa Youth Fishing League will also strive to work with local communities to encourage and promote connections and experiences through angling for all.
Implement new pathway options to provide wider access to our anglers and communities.
Continue to foster an environment to create learning opportunities for our anglers to become stewards of our natural resources.
Seek out companies and individuals to provide scholarships and opportunities for our youth anglers.
Create lasting partnerships with collegiate fishing programs and community organizations to provide more opportunities for participants.