Location: State Park Marina
The Cops for Kids Bass Tournament began as a fund raiser for the Make a Wish Foundation and the Missouri Water Patrol Association in 2005. Mainly the hard work of Ron Kelley, a water patrol officer from Table Rock Lake, and Kevin Watson & Laura Butziger, of Bass Boat Magazine, brought the tournament to where it is today.
The first 5 years were only open to law enforcement officers. It began as a way for officers to have a fun day fishing, see old friends, and maybe win a small prize or some prize money, but most important "for the kids"!
Each year the tournament has grown in sponsorship, entries, and prize money. But most important, the donation to the Make a Wish Foundation has grown every year! The 2009 tournament donated $11,000 to the kids!!