Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, 2025 at The Alliant Energy Center

Jonathon VanDam Bio

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Jonathon VanDam—JVD as many know him—is a professional bass angler from Kalamazoo, MI. At 19 years old, JVD finished 12th in the final rankings of the 2010 Bassmaster Southern Opens. This qualified him to become a Bassmaster Elite Angler in 2011. During his second year in the Elite Series, Jonathon won the 2012 Elite Series Green Bay Challenge. Jonathon continued to compete in the Bassmaster Elite Series for eight years. He will be competing in the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour beginning in 2019.


  • Finding and catching early spring bass
  • Great Lakes small mouth tips and tactics
  • Using current to find river bass
  • Adapting to changing fishing conditions
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