Want to become a better bass angler? Whether you seek to improve tournament performance or simply make better decisions and catch more fish on the weekends, a week of learning the Bass Fishing Institute could be exactly what you need.

Every spring, Bass Fishing Hall of Fame teaching pro Billy Murray heads a team of veteran instructors for a series of four-day advanced sessions of the Bass Fishing Institute at Mountain Harbor Resort on Arkansas’ Lake Ouachita. Four 2017 sessions are scheduled between mid-April and mid-May, which is prime time for spring fishing and the best time to utilize a host of strategies and find success.

The pool at Mountain Harbor – the same pool where the original Rebel Minnows prototypes were tested more than 50 years ago – is the site of the each evening’s wrap-up session. These sessions conclude a full day of learning, including a half a day in a classroom and half a day on the water.

Murray, who begin his career as an Arkansas fishing guide more than 50 years ago, has spent his entire career in the fishing industry and founded the Bass Fishing Institute in 1975.

“Our bass fishing school grew to become the nation’s largest continuing education program,” Murray said. “It was produced at Indiana State University and taught to over 30,000 students at 19 major universities, as well as the 1982 Bassmaster Classic

Classroom materials for the spring advanced sessions at Lake Ouachita were all developed by institute staff. Time on the water focuses on applying classroom instruction. Classes are intentionally kept small to allow for plenty of hands-on instruction.

Topics cover the entire thought process required for effective bass fishing, including things like bass behavior, water reading, lure selection, tackle balancing and fishing structure.

Session dates for 2017 are April 17-21, April 24-28, May 1-5 and May 8-12. To learn more or to register, visit bassfishinginstitute.com.