Fishing Tournaments

Tournament Collage

If you plan to hold a competitive fishing tournament on department-managed lands or waters, you are required to obtain a special event permit. This includes tournaments launched from department facilities at state parks, state fishing lakes, or other department properties. You may also be required to pay a fee for the permit, depending on the size of the event and the services required. Please contact the area office, applicable to the event, at least 30 days prior to the tournament date(s) to determine what requirements apply.

Special event permit conditions are listed HERE:

Tournaments that launch from Corps of Engineers Parks or Community Lakes may require a permit or reservation. You should contact the appropriate officials prior to the event for more information about these permits or reservations.

Bass Tournament Information

The Department has been summarizing tournament catches of black bass since 1977. These data have been provided by event organizers or club officers primarily on a voluntary basis. Fisheries biologists use the data to understand relative abundances and length frequencies of bass in these impoundments. This information can be used in addition to their standard sampling data to help evaluate management activities.

The Department encourages tournament organizers to voluntarily provide their tournament results. Please download an online copy of the "Kansas Bass Tournament Log" to record your results and submit them to the tournament monitoring coordinator.

To submit your "Kansas Bass Tournament Log," you may do one of the following:

1. Mail it to Attn: Tournament Coordinator, Emporia Survey and Research Office, PO Box 1525, Emporia KS 66801

2. Fax it to (620) 342-6248 or

3. Leave a message on "Contact the tournament monitoring coordinator" to receive an email address to send your results as an email attachment.

Tournament Monitoring Reports

The tournament black bass pass may be purchased online, or any location where fishing and hunting licenses are sold.

Please note: Each individual wishing to utilize the Tournament Black Bass Pass must purchase this permit, regardless of age or exemption status.

Anglers participating in a weigh-in tournament who hold a tournament black bass pass (TBBP) are given two privileges:

  1. In a weigh-in tournament conducted September 1 - June 15, an angler may keep five fish, to be released after tournament weigh-in, that meet the statewide 15-inch minimum length limit but are under a special length limit for that fishing location.
  2. In a weigh-in tournament conducted September 1 - June 15, an angler is allowed to cull his or her catch after reaching the daily creel limit, by releasing a small fish and replacing it with a larger one.

Persuant to K.A.R. 115-7-9, all vessels used by participants in a weigh-in bass tournament must have a working livewell that contains an electrolyte solution, and the following procedures must be followed for weigh-in and release:

  • One individual work crew support for each 10 anglers
  • One weigh-in tank filled with an electrolyte-water chemical solution and fitted with recirculation and aeration accessories for every 25 anglers
  • If the water temperature at the tournament location is 75°F or cooler, water in the weigh-in tank shall be maintained at the same temperature
  • If the water temperature at the tournament location is warmer than 75°F, water in the weigh-in tank shall be 5 to 10° cooler but shall not exceed 85°F
  • Not more than 4 anglers shall be in the weigh-in line at any one time
  • Weigh-in bags containing livewell water shall be reinforced, reusable, and capable of holding up to 15 pounds of live fish and 2 gallons of water
  • The weigh-in site shall be located near the vessel mooring site and the release site, vehicle, or vessel and under a portable awning, event tent, or in the shade

Minimum requirements for releasing bass during a weigh-in tournament include:

  • Fish shall not be released directly into the water after being weighed
  • If release tubes, vehicles, or vessels are used, holding tanks shall contain a ½ percent noniodized salt solution
  • If release tubes, vehicles, or vessels are not used, fish must be dipped in a 3 percent noniodized salt solution the same temperature the lake water for 10-15 seconds before being released
  • The release site must have water at least 3 feet deep with good circulation and a hard bottom
  • The release site must be located away from vessel traffic and public-use vessel ramps
  • Each participant’s vessel used in the tournament should be cleaned before and after the tournament in compliance with department guidelines regarding the prevention of aquatic nuisance species (ANS).
Complete Tournament Schedule

04/08/2018

East Kansas Bassmasters

Location: Coffey County Lake

Type: Bass Tournament

Date: Sunday, April 08, 2018

Contact: Brian Keeney

Time: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

For more information, go to eastksbassmasters.com


04/21/2018

Catfish Chasers Tournament Series

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, April 21, 2018

Contact: David Studebaker or Craig Collings

Phone No: 785 289 0007 or 816 261 9353

Time: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Other Information:

David Studebaker                                Craig Collings
785-289-0007                                     816-261-9353
studebakerdavid@yahoo.com

Event will take place at Lake View Boat Ramp.


04/29/2018

East Kansas Bassmasters

Location: Bone Creek Lake

Type: Bass Tournament

Date: Sunday, April 29, 2018

Contact: Brian Keeney

Time: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

For more information, go to eastksbassmasters.com


05/06/2018

KANSAS BUDDY BASS

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Sunday, May 06, 2018

Contact: www.ksbuddybass.com

Time: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Event will take place at the Lake View Boat Ramp


05/12/2018

Sunflower Team Series

Location: Wilson State Park-Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018

Contact: Rick Wheeler

Phone No: 316-734-1430

Time: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Times are approximate. Contact organizer for exact times.


East Kansas Bassmasters

Location: Perry Reservoir

Type: Bass Tournament

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018

Contact: Brian Keeney

Time: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

For more information, go to eastksbassmasters.com


06/02/2018

Annual Youth Fishing Tournament

Location: Glen Elder State Park

Type: Youth Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, June 02, 2018

Contact: Scott Waters

Phone No: 785-545-3345

Time: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Youth Fishing Tournament! Along with OK Kids - prizes for every participant!!


06/09/2018

Parking Lot Bassmasters

Location: Perry State Park Lake View Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, June 09, 2018

Contact: Patrick Hatfield

Time: 5:00 am - 3:00 am

Other Information:

Bass tournament


East Kansas Bassmasters

Location: LaCygne Lake

Type: Bass Tournament

Date: Saturday, June 09, 2018

Contact: Brian Keeney

Time: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

For more information, go to eastksbassmasters.com


06/10/2018

Kansas Walleye Association

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Sunday, June 10, 2018

Contact: Ted Webster

Phone No: 620-728-9228

Time: 6:00 am - 4:30 pm

Other Information:

All State and Federal guidelines will be enforced.


Kansas Walleye Association

Location: Wilson State Park-Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Sunday, June 10, 2018

Contact: Ted Webster

Phone No: 620-728-9228

Time: 6:00 am - 4:30 pm

Other Information:

All State and Federal guidelines will be enforced.


06/16/2018

Kansas Walleye Association Tournament

Location: Glen Elder State Park

Type: Fishing Tournament

Dates: 06/16/18 - 06/17/18

Time: 5:00 am - 5:00 pm

Other Information:

Annual KS Walleye Assoc Tournament at Waconda Lake


08/18/2018

Sunflower Team Series

Location: Wilson State Park-Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, August 18, 2018

Contact: Rick Wheeler

Phone No: 316-734-1430

Time: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Times are approximate. Contact organizer for exact times.


09/08/2018

Catfish Chasers Tournament Series

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Fishing Tournament

Dates: 09/08/18 - 09/09/18

Contact: David Studebaker or Craig Collings

Phone No: 785 289 0007 or 816 261 9353

Time: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Other Information:

David Studebaker                                Craig Collings
785-289-0007                                     816-261-9353
studebakerdavid@yahoo.com

Event will take place at the Lake View Boat Ramp.


09/09/2018

3D Archery Shoot and Free Park Entrance

Location: Lovewell State Park

Type: 3D Archery Tournament; Free park vehicle entrance.

Date: Sunday, September 09, 2018

Contact: Thane Loring

Phone No: (785) 753-4971

Time: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Other Information:

3D Archery Shoot begins at 9 am - Individuals compete on 14 station 3D archery range. Divisions for Men, Women, Youth. Steel Deer Target Contest at 12 noon. Prizes awarded at 1 pm. Free Park Entrance Day, no vehicle permits required.


09/15/2018

Hays Bass Anglers-Big Bass Challenge

Location: Wilson State Park - Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Contact: Keith Harmoney

Phone No: 785-623-9499

Time: 4:00 am - 6:00 pm


09/30/2018

East Kansas Bassmasters

Location: Banner Creek Reservoir

Type: Bass Tournament

Date: Sunday, September 30, 2018

Contact: Brian Keeney

Time: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

For more information, go to eastksbassmasters.com


10/06/2018

Kansas Bass Nation

Location: Wilson State Park-Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, October 06, 2018

Contact: Richard Heflin

Phone No: 785-246-0243

Time: 5:00 am - 5:00 pm

Other Information:

High School Tournament


10/07/2018

Kansas Bass Nation

Location: Wilson State Park-Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Sunday, October 07, 2018

Contact: Richard Heflin

Phone No: 785-246-0243

Time: 5:00 am - 5:00 pm

Other Information:

Youth Tournament (Not in High School)


10/14/2018

East Kansas Bassmasters

Location: Melvern Reservoir

Type: Bass Tournament

Date: Sunday, October 14, 2018

Contact: Brian Keeney

Time: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

For more information, go to eastksbassmasters.com


10/20/2018

Kansas Bass Nation

Location: Wilson State Park, Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Dates: 10/20/18 - 10/21/18

Contact: Danny Barrett / Evan Hartnett

Phone No: 620-200-8723 620-474-9184

Time: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm

Other Information:

For details on times please contact the tournament organizers.


Contact the tournament monitoring coordinator

Please submit your tournament-related messages or questions below to the tournament monitoring coordinator. If you would like to submit your "Kansas Bass Tournament Log," leave a message indicating this and the tournament coordinator will respond with the e-mail address to send your attachment.

You may also call the Pratt Operations Office Division of Fish and Wildlife at (620)-672-5911 for tournament-related questions and information.

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