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, anglers may have 2 fish as part of their 5 fish limit that meet the statewide 15-inch minimum length limit but are under a special length limit for the lake being fished. The 2 short fish must be released after weigh-in.
  2. In a weigh-in tournament conducted September 1 - June 15, anglers are allowed to cull fish even after they have reached their 5 fish daily creel limit.

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

07/23/2016

USA Bassin

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, July 23, 2016

Contact: Rick Wheeler

Phone No: 316 734 1430

Time: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm


07/30/2016

Hays Bass Anglers

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, July 30, 2016

Contact: Clayton Rudman/Klint VonFeldt

Phone No: 785 639 1496/785 628 6667

Time: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Event will start at safe light.


08/06/2016

American Bass Anglers

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Bass Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, August 06, 2016

Contact: Ed Watson

Phone No: 316-214-8968

Time: 5:00 am - 4:00 pm

Other Information:

This is a draw style tournament.  You do NOT need a boat to fish.  

If you don't have a boat you will be paired with a boater.  

For more informatin and complete rules go to http://www.americanbassanglers.com 


Knothead's 3rd Annual Carp Bowfishing Tournament

Location: Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Dates: 08/06/16 - 08/07/16

Contact: Sue Graham

Phone No: 785-658-2166

Time: 8:00 pm - 7:00 am

Other Information:

Starts at 8pm on the 6th and weigh in is at 7am on the 7th.


08/13/2016

Milford State Park-Catfish Chasers

Location: Rush Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Dates: 08/13/16 - 08/14/16

This is an All Day Event


USA Bassin

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, August 13, 2016

Contact: Rick Wheeler

Phone No: 316 734 1430

Time: 6:30 am - 2:30 pm


08/14/2016

Milford State Park-Kansas City Bass Anglers

Location: South Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Sunday, August 14, 2016

This is an All Day Event


08/20/2016

Hays Bass Anglers Association

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016

Contact: Clayton Rudman/Klint VonFeldt

Phone No: 785 639 1496/785 628 6667

Time: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

Event will start at safe light.


08/21/2016

Atchison Bass Club

Location: Eisenhower State Park - West Ramp

Type: Fishing tournament

Date: Sunday, August 21, 2016

Time: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm


08/27/2016

Milford State Park-Kansas Bass Nation

Location: Rush Creek Boat Ramp

Type: High School Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, August 27, 2016

This is an All Day Event


08/28/2016

Milford State Park-Kansas Bass Nation

Location: Rush Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Youth Fishing Tournament

Date: Sunday, August 28, 2016

This is an All Day Event


09/09/2016

East Kansas Bassmasters

Location: Melvern Reservoir

Type: Bass Tournament

Dates: 09/09/16 - 09/10/16

Contact: Brian Keeney

Time: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

For more information, go to: eastksbassmasters.com


09/10/2016

American Bass Angler

Location: El Dorado State Park - Bluestem Ramp #1

Type: Bass Fishing Tournament

Dates: 09/10/16 - 09/11/16

Contact: Ed Watson

Phone No: 316-214-8968

Time: 5:00 am - 4:00 pm

Other Information:

This is a draw style tournament.  You do NOT need a boat to fish.  

If you don't have a boat you will be paired with a boater.  

For more informatin and complete rules go to http://www.americanbassanglers.com 


Hays Bass Anglers Assocation Big Bass Tournament

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016

Contact: Clayton Rudman

Phone No: 785 639 1496

Time: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm


09/11/2016

3D Archery Shoot and Free Park Entrance

Location: Lovewell State Park

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

Date: Sunday, September 11, 2016

Contact: Thane Loring

Phone No: (785) 753-4971

Time: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Other Information:

3D Archery Shoot begins at 8 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.


09/17/2016

Beatrice Bassmasters

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2016

Contact: Mike Jordan

Phone No: 402 806 5991

Time: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm


09/18/2016

Kansas BASS Nation

Location: El Dorado State Park

Type: Black Bass Tournament

Date: Sunday, September 18, 2016

Contact: Joel Porter

Phone No: 620-433-0121

Time: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm

Other Information:

This is a Black Bass Tournament! Shady Creek Marina


09/24/2016

Milford State Park-Hays Bass Anglers

Location: South Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Dates: 09/24/16 - 09/25/16

This is an All Day Event


Backlashers of Kansas City

Location: Melvern Lake Marina

Type: Bass Tournament

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016

Time: 7:00 am - 2:00 pm


09/25/2016

KS Buddy Bass Fishing Tournament

Location: Perry State Park Lake View Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016

Time: 5:00 am - 5:00 pm


Kansas City Hmong Bass Anglers

Location: Eisenhower State Park - East Ramp

Type: Bass Tournament

Date: Sunday, September 25, 2016

Time: 5:00 am - 4:00 pm


10/09/2016

East Kansas Bassmasters

Location: Bone Creek Lake

Type: Bass Tournament

Date: Sunday, October 09, 2016

Contact: Brian Keeney

Time: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm

Other Information:

For more information, go to: eastksbassmasters.com


10/10/2016

Milford State Park-Catfish Chasers

Location: Rush Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Monday, October 10, 2016

This is an All Day Event


10/16/2016

Kansas BASS Nation

Location: Eisenhowe State Park

Type: Black Bass Tournament

Date: Sunday, October 16, 2016

Time: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm


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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