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In each of three heats:

   $1,000 for catching the lucky tagged fish

   $500 for Longest Bass

   $250 for 2nd Longest Bass

   $100 for 3rd Longest Bass

   Many other prizes for catching tagged fish

In the Championship "Fish Off" among the three heat winners:

   $500 for the highest cumulative weight of 5 best fish caught by one angler

   $10,000 for catching the lucky numbered tagged fish 

   See Tournament Rules for complete details


Only those persons who have registered and paid the registration fee may fish in the tournament.

Anglers may keep up to ten bass that are under DNR-suggested size with a receipt.

No bottles, live bait or parking in the grass.

No age restriction. However, anglers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.


All fishing from designated areas along the lakeshore. No boats (except during the Fish Off on June 22).

Complete tournament rules available at FRCC Courtesy Desk or by clicking the link above.

For more information about the Fort Ritchie Community Center 2nd Annual Bass Fishing Tournament, call FRCC at 301-241-5085.

Click here to read the rules and procedures for claiming the $10,000 prize for catching the Lucky Tagged Fish during the Championship Fish Off on June 22, 2013.. 

2nd Annual Bass Fishing Tournament

A.J. Scott of Waynesboro claimed a $10,000 prize during Fort Ritchie Community Center’s 2nd Annual Bass Fishing Tournament Championship on Saturday, June 22nd. The tournament consisted of three preliminary heats held in March, April, and May, with the winner of each heat moving on to the June championship.

The tournament finale was an exclusive event. The three finalists, Darryl Sensenbaugh of Hagerstown, David Fisher of Frederick, and A.J., were allowed to fish from boats, the first time boat fishing has been allowed on Lake Royer in over 15 years. The championship offered a $500 first place cash prize. Plus ten tagged fish were released into Lake Royer before the event, one worth $10,000 if caught. 

It was a big day for A.J.! In addition to catching the $10,000 bass, he won the first place prize, based on the combined weight of up to five bass. Tournament officials weighed his fish at 6.6 pounds. David Fisher’s five bass weighed 4.9 pounds and Darryl Sensenbaugh caught an official combined weight of 4 pounds.

Two tagged fish were caught during the championship: one by Darryl and one by A.J. Following the award of first place prize money, officials verified the randomly drawn winning tag number with a contracted outside agency. At that time, A.J. learned he had won $10,000, bringing his total tournament earnings to $11,250. The $10,000 tagged-fish prize will be paid by a promotions company that insures prizes for sporting and fundraising events across the country.
FRCC extends gratitude to all of our supporters who endured wind, cold, rain, and even snow to help measure fish, register participants, and tag fish. Special thanks to Corey Linthicum for serving as Tournament Director. 


Thanks to our Fishing Tournament sponsors!


      The Hagerstown Suns



           Artillery Ridge Campground 





                   "The Colonel" dreams of his next big day at the FRCC 3nd Annual Bass Fishing Tournament in 2014.

What's really in Lake Royer?

Lake Royer - the large lower lake at Fort Ritchie - has a surface area of about 20 acres and is as deep as 27 feet. The lake hasn't been regularly fished in over ten years and supports a healthy population of Largemouth Bass. The fish in this photo was caught and released by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Inland Fisheries Division during a survey conducted on Lake Royer in June 2011. The DNR folks conducting the survey stated that on a very good lake the average catch would be around 100 fish per hour. During the survey, they caught 398 fish in just 20 minutes on Lake Royer.