For some of the nation’s best college fishermen, the road to the 2019 Bassmaster Classic will go through Milford Lake in northeast Kansas.

On Aug. 14-16 this year, the top four two-man teams in the B.A.S.S. college series will compete at Milford to determine which individual will advance to the Bassmaster Classic, the sport’s most prestigious championship.

In other words, one young fisherman’s dream of competing against the likes of legendary pros such as Kevin VanDam is going to be met in Kansas.

The bracket-style tournament will begin with the four teams –determined by their standings in the national tournament July 19-21 at Lake Tenkiller in Oklahoma — competing against each other. The field will be cut to the top two teams for Day 2. Finally, the individuals from the winning team will fish against each in the finals to see whom goes on to the Bassmaster Classic.

The final two days of the tournament will be aired on Bassmaster LIVE, an online production in which fans can watch on-the-water live action by accessing

“This will be an exciting time for Milford Lake, the largest lake in Kansas, and for our citizens and visitors,” said Michele Stimatze, director of the Junction City/Geary County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Having worked with B.A.S.S. in the past, we know this event will attract visitors from across the nation and put the spotlight on Kansas bass fishing.”