2023 KBF Challenge Series

300+ opportunities for advancement in competition at national or state/province levels


KBF Challenges provide KBF Members opportunities to compete in places and times most convenient to them. They are catch-photo-release (CPR) online competitions using an online tournament management system called Fishing Chaos

The KBF State Challenge Series is a month long tournament series that runs from October through September each year with the Challenge Series Championship taking place each fall. The KBF Challenge Series Championship is comprised of anglers that finish in the top 25% of each KBF State Challenge. Each May, KBF has a special promotion called MAY-HEM in which 50% of each challenge series qualifies for the KBF Challenge Series Championship.

2023 KBF State Challenge Series ranking will be the sum of:
• Top four (4) scores from 2023 KBF State Challenge Series Powered By Dakota Lithium month long online events (600 points max at each, totaling 2,400 max, with 6-point decrement per step down in ranking per place). State Champions will be determined by the highest combined four scores and if needed ties will be broken by the competitor that finishes the highest in the KBF Challenge Series Championship.
• 2023 KBF Challenge Series Championship (900 points max, with 9-point decrement per step down in ranking) NOTE: See Challenge Points below for full description of KBF Challenge Series AOY calculation. 

NEWS: Challenges Now a Pathway to Dee Zee KBF The TEN: The Dakota Lithium Challenge Series Angler of the Year will now be numbered among the top anglers who make up the roster for Dee Zee KBF The TEN, one of the kayak fishing communities highest-profile events. One more KBF Member can win their way into The TEN by winning the Dee Zee KBF TENvitational, which is combined with a KBF TRAIL Series kick-off tournaments in late January/early February.


Concurrent Events: KBF Members may submit the same photo of a fish they catch in concurrent KBF competitions (two bordering states with reciprocal fishing license agreements, a KBF TRAIL Series Tournament, KBF AmBASSador Series events, for example). While most opt to compete in only one state or region at a time, KBF Members have been known to compete in multiple states or provinces during the same month—as well as in several KBF TRAIL or AmBASSador Series Tournaments.

KBF Members often register and compete in KBF State Challenges of the states to which they travel for KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments, other MEMBERS ONLY Tournaments and Championships. If permitted by their rules, the photos submitted in KBF competition may also be submitted in KBF AmBASSador or non-affiliated club.

Registration: Event registration deadline is 12:00 a.m. on the first day of competition, for State Challenges, in the time zone set for each event. For example, If one wishes to compete in the May Virginia KBF State Challenge, which is in the Eastern Time Zone, then he must register by May 1 at 12:00 a.m. EDT. No registrations are permitted once competition has begun.

Time Zones: For states or regions with multiple time zones, events go by the predominant time zone. Northeast, Southeast, and FL/TX regions are set for Eastern Time Zones. Central Region for Central Time Zone, and West Region goes by Pacific Time.

Don’t rely on your lake-time, but go by the time zones laid out above. For example, East Tennessee is in Eastern Time Zone and the rest of the state in Central. The Tennessee KBF State Challenge is set up for Central Time Zone. Indiana uses multiple time zones but Eastern Time Zone is designated for state events. Arizona has regions on Pacific Time and others on Mountain Time, but  only one—Mountain Time—is used in setting up events for the entire state. The Southeast Region encompasses states in both Eastern and Central Time Zones and uses Eastern Time for its schedule. Competitors must be aware of this and adjust accordingly so as to not start or end an hour early or late.

KBF Challenges will be run using a Tournament Management System, Fishing Chaos.  Get started by creating a free Fishing Chaos account. One may use a web browser on a computer or mobile device to register for an event by opening the KBF Event Schedule Page, click on the Register link for the event you wish to register for and it will open up the Tournament Management System the event will be run on. Please remember to update your Fishing Chaos app on a regular basis.

Entry Fee: $50 per Challenge.  $5.00 is retained for administrative fees.  $10.00 is held back for the KBF Challenge Series Championship prize pot.  The remaining $35.00 from each registration goes into the pot that is distributed as event cash prizes. 2022 Challenge Series Payout Chart

Refund requests must be received one week (seven days) prior to competition start time; requests for refunds after competition has started will be denied. An administrative fee of $5.00 is charged for all refund requests. Refund request form.

 Cash Prizes: One place pays for 1-3 registrants, two for 4-30, and then one for each additional ten. That is, three for 30-39,  four for 40-49, etc.  [See 2022 Challenge Series Payout PDF.]

2023 KBFNC VIII Qualification (Spring 2024): Awarded to top 25% of field, minimum three qualification per Event (per state or multi-state group, in monthly KBF State Challenges). If Competitor has previously qualified, the award does not roll down.

Challenge Points: At each KBF Monthly State Challenge, points are awarded ranging from a maximum of 600 to a minimum of 120 (for active participants) or 60 (for non-participating registrants), dropping by 6 points from one place in rank to the next. Points from one’s top four KBF Monthly State Challenges plus up to 900 points at the KBF Challenge Series Championship (five scores in all) make up a KBF Member’s Challenge Points score. The maximum possible points, at 600 per event and 900 at the Championship, is 3,300. Ties in overall ranking are broken by competitors’ scores earned at the 2023 KBF Challenge Series Championship.

Challenge Points are the basis for 2023 KBF Challenge State Champion awards. KBF Challenge Points also are part of the equation used to identify KBF Members who will be invited to compete in the 2023 KBF Challenge Series Championship.

KBF Challenge Series Championship: This will be at the same time and place as the 2023 KBF TRAIL Series Championship and  the 2023 PRO Series Championship. Points accumulation began in October 2023 and run through September 2023. The following qualify to compete in the 2023 Challenge Series Championship:

  • TOP 25% of all State Challenge Series events.
  • Dakota Lithium Power Line: KBF Members whose cumulative best four KBF State Challenge Series Points total is over 2000 points will also qualify to compete in the KBF Challenge Series Championship.


State Challenge Champions will be recognized for each state and province. Awards are based on the angler with the top four finishes for each state. If there is tie after the four events in the State Challenge Series at the end of September State Challenge Series, the ties will be broken by the highest placing finisher in the KBF Challenge Series Championship.