KBF wraps up the 2017 tournament series with END on the BEND, an OPEN Series Tournament on Toledo Bend, Bassmaster’s #1 big bass lake for two years in a row. This two-day, five-bass-per-day tournament on Toledo Bend Reservoir, headquartered in Cypress Bend Park near Many, Louisiana. is open to both KBF Members and non-members. It is a qualifying event for the March 2018 KBF National Championship.
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.
Accommodations: Whether you want to unwind in a hot tub followed by a gourmet meal in a luxurious resort, spread out at a lake-front cabin, or camp under the pines, you’ll find what you seek in this resource provided by Toledo Bend Lake Country. Over 150 cottages, camps, hotels, lodges and retreats are listed here, with contact information and links to more information.
What to Do: Download a free Visitor’s Guide or request one be sent to you by mail. While you’re fishing, or between days on the water, enjoy area attractions, soak in some of the region’s art, history, cuisine and culture, and enjoy the many celebrations and festivals held throughout the year around the lake. It’s easy to see why Toledo Bend Lake country is becoming one of the nation’s favorite family vacation destinations.
Zwolle Tamale Trail: Food is one thing that makes many areas of the nation famous. Sample Boston’s slow-baked beans at Durgin Park in the Quincy Marketplace. Farther up the coast, plan a meal of lobster boils and clam chowder. Kansas City…steaks. Memphis has its barbecue. The region west of Many, Louisiana, a little north of Cypress Bend State Park, has become world-famous for America’s best tamales. Enjoy them hot, and pack some home to share with friends and families.
Details and Rules for this event are on the KBF Calendar Event Page.
Resident or temporary visitor fishing licenses are required by all KBF END at the BEND 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 and fish the state’s water for which your license is valid.
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: