Mitch Kistner was born in Aberdeen, South Dakota. At the young age of 3 years old Mitch started snow skiing, playing ice hockey, and of course fishing. At the age of 8, Mitch moved to Scottsdale, AZ where he would eventually go bass fishing for the first time.
From the age of 8-13, Mitch spent most of his time skateboarding and playing hockey. Although, any time Mitch's uncle gave him the call to go fishing, he was there. Mitch would stay up until 3:00am to watch fishing shows on late night television (not much has changed) soaking up as much information as he could for his next outing.
At the age of 10, Mitch's Uncle Don entered him into his first bass fishing tournament, a Wednesday Night Big Fishing Tournament at Lake Pleasant. This gave Mitch a small taste of bass fishing tournaments and fueled his fire to one day become a Bassmaster Elite Angler.
Through high school, Mitch focused mainly on playing hockey for his high school. He represented his team as Assistant Captain for 3 of 4 years.
After high school, Mitch went on to Arizona State University to pursue Visual Communications. While at ASU, Mitch got wind of College Bass Fishing. He wanted in.
In 2006, Mitch founded the ASU Bass Fishing Team and served as club President for 3 years. College fishing presented the opportunity for Mitch to compete in multiple National Collegiate Championships in Arkansas, California, and Texas.
After college, Mitch knew he wanted to chase his dreams of becoming a professional bass angler. Mitch has had many wins and Top 5 tournaments in various team tournaments throughout Arizona. He has also fished the Bassmaster Central Open Circuit for the past 3 years.
While Mitch is not on the water honing his skills or fishing for that next win, he is working on the Marketing Team for Rigid Industries LED Lighting as a Visual Design Specialist.