USA Bass is excited to partner with Major League Fishing at the 2022 ICAST Cup to award the top women’s pair a spot on the 2023 USA Pan American bass fishing team. Interested anglers can register for the event at

The “USA Bass” division is for women’s pairs competing for the USA Bass ICAST Cup title and a spot on the 2023 USA Bass Pan American team. (Anglers in this division must have their own boat and cannot have a guide with them).

Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Time: 6:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Place: Big Toho Marina & Kissimmee

Lakefront Park  69 Lakeview Drive, Kissimmee, FL 34741

Entry Fee: $200 per team. 100% benefiting KeepAmericaFishing.


Melissa Young & Michelle Jalaba won the 2021 USA Bass division to join the 2023 Pan Am team


Michelle Jalaba & Shirley Crain were part of the 2018 Gold Medal winning Pan American team

“Women anglers are a huge part of our USA Bass team,” says team manager John Knight. “When MLF came to us about the ICAST Cup, we knew that this was a great opportunity for all the women bass anglers across the nation. Competing at the ICAST Cup and participating in ICAST is a big win for everyone.” The winning pair will join 2021 ICAST Cup winners Michelle Jalaba and Melissa Young and other top pro USA bass anglers including Captain Scott Martin, Jacob Wheeler, John Cox and others to make up the 2023 USA Bass Pan American team.


The four hour ICAST cup event is a tough test for anglers as there is little room for mistakes. Past Pan American Bass Championships featured this abbreviated format because of poor weather. Women pairs are encouraged to make the trip and earn a spot on the USA Bass team.

“USA Bass Team qualification for the top female team in the ICAST Cup is a great way to recognize the incredibly talented women we have in our sport,” said Kathy Fennel, MLF Executive Vice President and General Manager. “We are looking forward to another great event.”

Pan Am Bass Fishing Championship History:

The Pan American Bass Fishing Championship started in 2018 on Lake Okeechobee with the help of the Roland & Mary Ann Martin Marina & Resort. It then moved to Canada’s Lake St. Francis in Cornwall, ON, in 2019. The most recent event was held on Lake Guerrero in Padilla, Tamaulipas, Mexico. The 2023 event will be hosted again by the United States. Participating nations have been USA, Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica and First Nations. The field looks to expand for the 2023 edition.

Hannah Wesley shined at the 2019 Pan American Championship held in Canada

2023 Pan American Bass Fishing Championship location:

“We are going to be announcing the location for the 2023 Pan Am very soon,” says USA Bass President Mark Schlarb. “Let’s just say it is an iconic bass fishing community and we expect our Pan American nations to jump at the chance to fish it. We will have our strongest USA Bass Team ever and look forward to finding another Women’s pair for our Pan Am team at the 2022 ICAST Cup.”

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