The Washington Junior State Bass Championship was held Saturday, April 28 on Lake Washington, and drew 13 anglers from across the state.
Dakota Jones of Mead and Inland Empire Junior Bass Club member took first place in the 15-18 year old division.
Trevor Huff of Camano Island and Washington Bass Association Junior Bass Club member took top honors in the 11-14 year old division.
Jones and Huff will represent the Washington State Bass Federation and the Washington National Guard at the National Guard Junior World Championship at Gainesville, Georgia on Aug. 9-12.
All the bass anglers faced some tough fishing conditions.
Jones adjusted his fishing gear by down-sizing his line and lures following the State Federation qualifier on Friday, April 27 on Lake Washington.
Dakota weighed in four bass for 8.85 pounds by working a known bedding area, with poor visibility and pressure from other competitors Dakota slightly edged out second place finisher Nik Autrey by less than a pound who caught 8.05 pounds. Autrey caught his fish on a lipless crank bait. David Slater took third place with four fish totaling 5.12 pounds.
Huff in the 11-14 division used a variety of methods before catching a 4.82 pounds smallmouth bass with a jerk bait.
Kelsey Shaber took second place for the second year in a row, and Mark Omlin placed third fishing a purple lizard.
(Photos and story information courtesy of David L. Bruggman)