The Realtree Fishing KBF TRAIL Series Powered by Dakota Lithium is off to a big start in 2023. And by big, we mean big bass – the KBF Kick Off events in Polk County, FL produced legendary big bass bites on the Dakota Lithium Big Bass leaderboard!

The second stop of the Kayak Bass Fishing Trail season moves northward with the spawn, as we continue to another trophy bass destination: Lake Murray, S.C!

Hosted by Columbia Sports and Experience Columbia, S.C., the KBF TRAIL Series returns to Murray for the third consecutive year. In the past, this amazing fishery has attracted big crowds, produced memorable tournaments and exciting finishes. Given the calendar and region, we expect excellent bass fishing on Lake Murray as the KBF Trail!

Remember that new rules are in place for 2023 and anglers should check the specific event page for general information as well as updates about boundaries and launches.

And don’t forget that if you are one of the first 50 KBF anglers to sign up, you receive an early bird discount when you register!


  • KBF competition adopts a Catch-Photo-Release format. Eligible fish are submitted by competitors to the Fishing Chaos app for judging.
  • KBF Anglers may win prizes and register for additional prize opportunities, including the Dakota Lithium Big Bass and Dakota Lithium Double Up prizes.
  • KBF Anglers earn points towards: Farwide KBF Angler of the Year and the KBF Rookie of the Year presented by Rogue Fishing.
  • Qualifying opportunities include 2023 KBF Trail Series Championship and the 2024 TENvitational.
  • Qualifying opportunities for the 2024 Kayak Bass Fishing National Championship
  • Points for KBF Challenge Series in the host state’s monthly Challenge Series event
  • Opportunities to meet and fish with local KBF AmBASSador Series clubs and trails


Become a KBF Member: Purchase 2023 KBF Premium membership.

Proceed to Event Registration on Fishing Chaos.

Click here to learn more about the 2023 Realtree Fishing KBF Trail

Click here to learn more about the Farwide Angler of the Year and Rogue Fishing Rookie of the Year.

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License info: To purchase any SC fishing license:

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For more information about lodging, dining and more in and around Columbia, South Carolina, visit

Click here for a recap of the 2022 KBF tournaments on Lake Murray.

In 2021 West Virginia’s Rick Garavaglia won a dramatic tie-breaker in the Saturday event on Lake Murray, while reigning 2021 Farwide KBF Angler of the Year Cody Milton won on Sunday.

About the lake: with 50,000 surface acres of water and 650 miles of shoreline, Lake Murray offers a variety of habitats for black bass species. From its creeks and docks to the Dreher Island State Recreation Area, Lake Murray attracts anglers from all over the region.

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First Published January 29, 2023

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