2018 KBF TRAIL Series Overview

KBF Members can pit their skill against world-class kayak bass anglers in tournaments closer to home. KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments are stepping stones to the 2019 KBF National Championship and the first KBF World Championship that’s being planned for 2018 in Germany. Tournament Entry Fees have increased in 2018 to $75, 10% of which will go into the prize pot for the KBF TRAIL Championship in late October..

Prizes—Guaranteed $1,000 Minimum for each First Place finish, with additional payouts to 10% of the field. Winners are required to provide KBF with a W-9 form, and then winnings are paid via PayPal Funds Transfer (or by mailed check, if no PayPal account).

KBF BONUS BUCKS participants can win additional cash and sponsors’ product bonuses, too.

NuCanoe will be awarding a Pursuit fishing kayak as an additional First Place Prize at every KBF TRAIL Series Tournament with 100 or more registrants.

Pursuit Pro Angler Lime Camo

KBF Angler of the Year Points will be awarded according to performance to every KBF Member who registers to compete in TRAIL Series Tournaments, from 600 for First place down to 120 for every active partcipant and 60 for those who register and are unable to compete. Each KBF Member’s top five scores contribute to his Angler of the Year total.

KBF-NC Slots—KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments are qualifying events for the 2019 KBF National Championship. Assuming at least 30 competitors register, one slot will be awarded for every fifteen registrants with a mininum of three.

KBF Partners (KBF-affiliated clubs and circuits) host and staff these events. KBF provides judges who will objectively and fairly review, score, and provide feedback to competitors when appropriate.

Interested in hosting a KBF TRAIL Series Tournament in your area? Reach out to other kayak bass anglers and KBF Partners in your region, gauge the interest level, and contact KBF to get the ball rolling. TRAIL Tournaments require 30+ participants to qualify for prize minimums and other perks. The hosting KBF Partner designates tournament director and recruits event staff to handle logistics. Partner liaisons coordinate with Venue Hosts and KBF Management to arrange for Tournament HQ facilities, merchant discounts and other KBF Member amenities. KBF-certified judges from other regions of the country will judge the event, freeing up KBF Partner directors and officers to compete in the event and ensure complete objectivity in scoring. If you have the support of kayak anglers in your area and can commit to run a KBF TRAIL Tournaments in 2017, please email Kristi at KBF or text her through Facebook Messenger.

2017 KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments


This is a tentative schedule and the official schedule will be released no later than January 15, 2018.

2018 KBF TRAIL Series – Tentative

February 17 Lake Camanche – CA

April 7 New River Spring Shootout – VA
Bull Shoals – AR

April 14 Lake Guntersville – AL
Mission Bay Classic – CA
Decker Lake – TX

April 21 High Rock Lake – NC

April 28 Lake Allen Henry – TX
Kent Lake – MI
Kentucky Lake – TN

May 19 Wheeler Lake – AL
Mississippi River – Lacrosse WI
Mozingo Lake – MO

May 26 Lake St Clair – MI

May 27 Toad Fest on The Marsh – FL

June 2 Hood River – OR
Lake Red Rock – Iowa
Lake George – NY

June 9 Shearon Harris – NC
Guntersville – AL
Grand Lake – OK
Cobbossee Lake – Maine

June 23 Oneida Lake – NY
Coosa River – AL
East West Harbor – OH

June 30 Lake Whitney – TX
Lake Barkley – TN

July TBD Lower Otay Reservoir – CA

July 14 Peconic River – NY

July 28 Lake Texoma – TX
Susquehanna River – PA

July 29 Lake Wanahoo – NE

August 11
Cedar Creek Lake – KY

August 18 New River – WV

August 25 Chautauqua Lake – NY
Clear Lake – CA
Kissimmee – FL

September 1 Charles River – MA

September 8 Bella Vista – AR

September 22 Gate City Classic – NC
California Delta – CA
Mississippi River – Lacrosse WI
Sabine River – TX

September 29 New River – VA
Table Rock – MO

Bending Branches

2017 KBF TRAIL Series Tournaments

World-class kayak bass fishing competition close to home