Thoughts and opinions on this story? Click here to comment >>

Get stories like this in a free daily email

April 21, 2013

Chase Heaton, bald from cancer therapy, signals he’s caught his fifth fish at Clear Lake.

Chase Heaton of Spokane Valley poses with two of five fish he caught to become the Western junior champ.

April 20, 2013 in Outdoors

Chase Heaton of Spokane Valley poses with two of the five fish he caught on April 12, 2013, to win the B.A.S.S Nation Western Divisional Junior Championship held at Clear Lake, Calif., and a berth to B.A.S.S. World Championships set for October in Arkansas.

Chase Heaton of Spokane Valley reels in one of five bass he landed on April 12, 2013, on the way to winning win the B.A.S.S Nation Western Divisional Junior Championship held at Clear Lake, Calif.

Chase Heaton of Spokane Valley signals he’s caught his limit as a boat mate nets his fifth bass on April 12, 2013, on the way to winning win the B.A.S.S Nation Western Divisional Junior Championship held at Clear Lake, Calif.

Chase Heaton of Spokane Valley, right, caught five fish totaling 15 pounds on April 12, 2013,to win the 15-18 age division B.A.S.S Nation Western Divisional Championship held at Clear Lake, Calif. At left is Jeremy Percifield of Kennewick, Wash., the Western Divisional adult winner. The two champions secured berths to the B.A.S.S. World Championships set for October in Arkansas.

Chase Heaton of Spokane Valley, right, hugs his father, Regan Heaton, on April 12, 2013, after winning the 15-18 age division B.A.S.S Nation Western Divisional Championship held at Clear Lake, Calif. Chase had been undergoing treatments a year and a half.