The Oldest Bass Fishing Club in the USA!
1938 a small group of local fishing friends that shared the love of
bass fishing met with the intent of forming a club that would address
issues concerning the states warm water fishery. The club was to be
known as the "Western Bass Club" and was the only organized club in the
United States dealing exclusively with Bass, Crappie, Perch and other
spiny ray fish. It was founded by Ed "Mr. Bass" Frederich, Owner of
Rainier Tackle Company in Seattle. He was also the clubs first
On July 17, 1939, Ed T. Frederich,
Frank C. Kelly, Ralph Higgens, and Earl Van Vleck filed the Articles of
Incorporation with the Secretary of State's office in Olympia. Those
articles singled out the primary purposes of the club to include:
In 1939 the club paid for and took delivery of a tank full of six-inch
long bass fingerlings that were planted in various waters approved by
the game department. Many of the bass in Washington today are
descendants of this initial planting.
- To perpetuate warm water fish in waters adaptable to those fish.
- To assist in the propagation of these fish by restocking and planting of suitable habitat in our lakes.
- To assist in the formation of other clubs having similar objectives.
- To assist in the observance and enforcement of game laws.
- To cooperate in the fullest
measure with other sportsmen organizations interested in the
conservation of game fish, game birds and game animals.
- To fight pollution in all waters of the state of Washington.
In 1988 the club celebrated its 50th
anniversary as the "oldest chartered bass club in the United States".
The club was so honored by the Washington State Department of Game,
which is only five years older.
The club attributes its longevity to
the quality members it attracts and the ability to adapt to changing
times. Through the years, many creative and innovational programs have
been incorporated into the club. These programs make the Western Bass
Club unique and appealing to new and old members alike. We invite you
to become a part of our 70 year heritage.