2020 Black Bass World Championship hosted in the USA on Lake Murray

XVI Black Bass World Championship - USA


The United States Angling Confederation (USAC) will host the 2020 Black Bass World Championship in Columbia, South Carolina on Lake Murray, November 16 – 22, 2020. USAC will utilize the professional resources of FLW to provide the championship of a lifetime. The venue of Lake Murray is a world class bass fishery proven many times by the number of top level professional bass tournaments hosted there. The town of Columbia, South Carolina has adequate hotels with lodging, meeting rooms and restaurants to host an event of this size. The southern charm of Columbia and the surrounding area will welcome all attendees and provide many cherished memories. USAC has a senior partnership with Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board to ensure a successful production and partnership with local vendors. Capital City Lake Murray Country intends to make the event the “best ever” in terms of fishing success, the guest experience and the number of event spectators. 

FIPS ED 16th Black Bass World Championship - Agenda


Sunday, November 15, 2020  

Youth Angling Day in Columbia, SC

Teaching youth about bass, conservation, and stewardship

Meet the Pros and leaders from IGFA, Boy Scouts, and USAC

Monday, November 16, 2020  

Arrivals, Hotel Check In, Accreditation of Delegates

Captains Meeting, Stewards Meeting 

Appointment of International Jury, Draw for Boats, Draw for Flights Order

Opening Ceremony, Team Photos

Welcome Dinner, Official Opening by FIPS ED

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Day 1 Practice

Practice Weigh In - first 1/2 of field FLW stage

Captains Meeting

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Day 2 Practice  

Practice Weigh In - second 1/2 of field FLW stage

Captains Meeting

Thursday, November 19, 2020 

Day 1 Competition

Official Weigh In FLW stage

Captains Meeting

Friday, November 20, 2020

Day 2 Competition

Official Weigh In FLW stage

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Day 3 Competition

Official Weigh In FLW stage

 Stage Winning Team Photos

Awards Dinner Speakers, Medals, Trophies, Photos

Official Closing by FIPS ED

Sunday, November 22, 2020 


Venue: Lake Murray 

Partner: Capital City Lake Murray Country

Area Manager: South Caroline Department of Natural Resources

Fishing License Online Customer Service Portal: To Purchase 

International Organizer: John Knight



International Travel

Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) is the main commercial airport for Columbia and the Midlands region of South Carolina. The airport is five miles southwest of Columbia, in Lexington County. The airport is a regional cargo hub for UPS Airlines. Many international airports connect to Columbia Metropolitan Airport.

Our airline partners offer over 35 non-stop flights to 9 major airports and can get you almost anywhere in the world in just one stop. 

Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE)

FLW Partnership

FLW fishing

FLW - Fishing League Worldwide

FLW will provide the staging, weigh station, signage, audio visual equipment, large format screens and live connectivity worldwide through “FLW Live”.

The FLW is the premier tournament fishing organization that provides unparalleled fishing resources and entertainment for our anglers, sponsors and fans. Through a variety of platforms including tournaments, expos, international media and creative marketing strategies, FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the best in fishing, on and off the water.

FLW - Fishing League Worldwide

Championship Venue

Lake Murray

Lake Murray

Lake Murray is a 50,000 acre man-made lake is just short drive from Columbia and offers boating, swimming, and some of the finest largemouth bass fishing in the South.  An excellent producer of largemouth bass, including trophies over 10 pounds are available on Lake Murray. Docks and brush piles provide important cover.

Lake Murray is a reservoir in the United States located in the state of South Carolina. It is approximately 50,000 acres (200 km2) in size, and has roughly 500 miles (800 km) of shoreline. It was impounded in the late 1920’s to provide hydroelectric power to the state of South Carolina. Lake Murray is fed by the Saluda River  which flows from upstate South Carolina near the North Carolina state line. The Saluda Dam (officially the Dreher Shoals Dam) was an engineering feat at the time of its construction. The dam, using the native red clay soil and bedrock, was the largest earthen dam in the world when it was completed in 1930. Lake Murray itself is named after the project's chief engineer, William S. Murray. The Saluda Dam is approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) long and 220 feet (67 m) high. Lake Murray is 41 miles (66 km) long, and 14 miles (23 km) wide at its widest point. At the time when the lake was finished, it was the world's largest man-made reservoir.

In addition to serving as a source of hydroelectric power for the region, the lake has become a recreational attraction with fishing and boating being popular activities. Also, Dreher Island State Recreation Area, located in the Western part of the lake, provides multiple activities—all focused on the lake.

Lake Murray Map    Lake Murray Topographical Map

Capital City Lake Murray Country Partnership


Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board

With 650 miles of shoreline, Lake Murray is the perfect lake to boat and fish. Pontoon boats are for rent during your stay and we can arrange the perfect fishing trip. The fishing is great at Lake Murray! Tournaments are hosted frequently on the lake, including the Forest Wood Cup at Lake Murray. Lake Murray is known as one of the most productive lakes in the Southeast for large mouth bass and striped bass.

Lake Murray, the Jewel of South Carolina, offers official visitor information for vacation planning, world-class fishing, boating, golf packages and fun and free things to do for the entire family. Lake Murray Country spans from metropolitan Columbia, historic Newberry, rural Saluda and the vibrant and fastest growing County of Lexington. The Renaissance of Richland County completes this destination as the region of South Carolina to visit! Book a room close to these key attractions: Riverbanks Zoo, Congaree National Park, Saluda Shoals Park, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Newberry Opera House and The Big Mo Drive-in Theatre.

Capital City Lake Murray Country 

Capital City Lake Murray Country

Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board  

Fédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive en Eau Douce



FIPS ED - Fédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive en Eau Douce  

Federation for the promotion of freshwater sports fishing. Its sporting, technical, scientific or cultural activities are opened to all regardless of race, social, politics, gender or religion, according to the principles of the Olympic ideal.  

FIPS ED provides the official rules, jury, scoring and event officials for the championship.

Fédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive en Eau Douce

Confédération Internationale de la Peche Sportive



CIPS -  Confédération Internationale de la Peche Sportive

The International Confederation of Sport Fishing is an organization of universal nature whose purpose is to promote, coordinate and perfect all the activities that affect the fishing from a sporting point of view. The sphere of action of CIPS is 178 Federations, 78 Countries and 50 million members worldwide.

The Confédération Internationale de la Peche Sportive is structured on three international sport fishing federations: the International Fresh Water Sport Fishing Federation (FIPS-ed), the International Fly Sport Fishing Federation (FIPS-Mouche), the International Sea Sport Fishing Federation (FIPS-M). The International Casting Sport Fishing Federation (ICSF) is associated member of the CIPS. Under the aegis of the CIPS, the International Federations organize every year World championships, European Championships and others international events.

CIPS Mobile Application    Apple Store |  Google Play 

2020 USA Bass Team


Scott Martin  -  Scott Canterbury  -  David Dudley  -  James Watson 

Fred Roumbanis  -  David Fritts  -  Mark Rose  -  TBD

USA Bass Team Managers


John Knight, team manager  -  Ben Blegen, asst. manager  -  Charlie Evans, team coordinator