Series Overview

While the Challenges that Kayak Bass Fishing conducts are for KBF Members, all events in the KBF OPEN Series are for both KBF Members and non-members.

Entry fees for these events are $150. Registration and payment of entry fees usually takes place on TourneyX; however, since these are meet-up tournamants, competitors may register and pay at the Event Check-in.

KBF OPEN Series tournaments are two day, 10-bass (five, maximum, each day) on Friday and Saturday, with a Captains Meeting on Thursday evening. They are run according to the KBF Competition Rules, which is comprised of two parts:

  1. KBF Competition Rules Standards, and
  2. Event-specific KBF Competition Rules Addendum, which are posted on the Calendar Events pages of this Website.

Resident or temporary visitor fishing licenses are required by all KBF OPEN participants. If the tournaments are held on border rivers or lakes, usually either state’s fishing license is valid for visitors or residents of either state as long as you remain in your watercraft. If you choose to exit your watercraft temporarily in order to wade or fish from the shoreline, you may need a license for that state. Specific guidelines and clarifications are provided for each event.

Upcoming KBF OPEN Series Events

  • Southeast KBF OPEN on Santee Cooper reservoirs, SC, May 4-5, 2018
  • Central KBF OPEN out of Bentonville, Arkansas on Grand Lake, OK and Beaver Lake, AR, June 15-16, 2018
  • MidNorth KBF OPEN on the Mississippi River near La Crosse, WI, July 20–21, 2018
  • Western KBF OPEN on Clear Lake, CA, August 24-25, 2018
  • Northeast KBF OPEN Northeast OPEN in Erie, PA, September 14-15, 2018

Southeast KBF OPEN – Santee Cooper, SC

Dates: Friday/Saturday May 4-5, 2018

Tournament Director: TBD

Sponsors: Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce

Venue Host: Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce welcomes kayak bass anglers, both KBF Members as well as others, to fish the post-spawn on Lake Moultrie and Lake Marion, two lakes that make up the Santee Cooper complex. This was the site of two previous KBF OPEN Tournaments, in 2014 and 2015. This chain is a kayak angler’s dream: lots of shallow, weedy water with thousands of acres of isolated, prime bass habitat. Look for bass in deeper holes and channels among clumps of cypress trees that are well beyond the reach of bass boat anglers

Central KBF OPEN – Beaver & Grand Lakes, Bentonville, AR

Dates: Friday/Saturday June 15-16, 2018

Tournament Director: Jason Adams

Sponsors: Visit Bentonville

Venue Host: Bentonville, Arkansas lies in the center of kayak bass angler heaven, and KBF Members and guests will have opportunity to sample the waters in two nearby lakes, Beaver Lake in Arkansas and Grand Lake, Oklahoma.

Midwest KBF OPEN – La Crosse, WI

Date: July 20–21, 2018

Tournament Director: TBD

Sponsors: Explore La Crosse

Summertime is bass fishing time in the weedy maze of waterways that fringe the Mississippi River bordering Wisconsin and Minnesota. Both largemouth and smallmouth are plentiful in the upper Mississippi River (including Black River) near La Crosse. Smallmouth hold along main river channels where rocks, downfalls and wing dams block the current, while largemouth bass abound among the weeds and stumps in the shallow backwater sloughs and passes.

Review Wisconsin fishing regulations and purchase your fishing license on the  Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website.

Western KBF OPEN, Clear Lake, CA

Date: August 24-25, 2018

Tournament Director: Richard Penny

Sponsors: TBD

West coast KBF Members will, for the first time, host a major KBF open-registration tournament west of the Rockies. This mid-summer KBF OPEN is set in northern California. 200 KBF Members and kayak angling guests from the Pacific coast and western mountain states will compete for two days in this beautiful setting known for its gigantic Florida-strain largemouth bass.

Northeast KBF OPEN, Lake Erie, PA

Date: September 14-15, 2018

Tournament Director: TBA

Sponsors: Erie Sports Commission

Convenient access from northeast population centers, ample hotels, excellent fishing and regional support by KBF Partners makes Erie an natural choice for a late-summer/early fall KBF OPEN. 200-400 KBF Members and other kayak anglers from across the nation will have two days to prove the effectiveness of kayak fishing for putting big smallmouth on the leader board.

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