Cypress Bend State Park | November 3–4
Catch-Photo-Release | $100 Entry Fee
Nov 2 | Register 3-7pm | Captains Mtg 7pm
Minimum $10,000 1st Place | Pay-out 10% of Field


KBF wraps up the year with an OPEN Series Tournament on Toledo Bend, for the second year Bassmaster’s #1 big bass lake. This five-day, three-bass-per-day tournament is open to both KBF Members and non-members. It is a qualifying event for the 2018 KBF National Championship, which will be Fri/Sat, March 23-34 on Toledo Bend Reservoir, headquartered in Cypress Bend Park near Many, Louisiana.

First place prize for this event is $10,000. Prize money payout amounts and the number of paying places at the KBF OPEN will be determined by the number of registrants.

Also on that weekend will be the KBF 100 CHALLENGE Championship—one hundred of the nation’s top kayak bass fishermen and women from across the US, based on their 2017 KBF Angler of the Year points acquired through KBF Challenges. One will be invited from each state and Canadian province, and then the balance will be invited based on national AOY ranking.


LA-TX Non-resident Fishing LicensesResident or temporary non-resident fishing licenses are required by all KBF OPEN participants. Toledo Bend Reservoir, named Bassmaster Magazine’s #1 Bass Fishing Lake in the nation two years in a row, straddles Texas and Louisiana, so either state’s fishing license is valid for visitors or residents of either state as long as you remain in your boat. If you choose to exit your kayak temporarily in order to fish from the shoreline, make sure you have a license for that state.

Texas’ non-resident package is $58, which would cover you for all four days of the KBF HOW Big Bass Brawl. It’s $16 per day in Texas, so if you plan to just fish a couple days, that saves a few dollars. Louisiana offers a non-resident fishing license for $5 per day, plus service fee and/or tax. Where you launch or stay overnight doesn’t matter; when you’re on the water, either states’ license will suffice. For either state you’ll receive an authorization number and a PDF of your license, which you can keep on your smart phone and present to law enforcement.

Be aware of fishing regulations, restrictions and access rules for any waters you target. Learn more and buy licenses online at these sites:


Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Department

Buy a Louisiana Fishing License Online

Louisiana fishing regulations


Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

But a Texas Fishing License Online

Texas fishing regulations

2017 KBF OPEN - Toledo Bend

Cypress Bend Park, Toledo Bend Reservoir, November 3–4, 2017