Fishing Tournaments

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:

Tournament Collage

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

04/03/2021

CATFISH CHASERS

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Tournament

Date: Saturday, April 03, 2021

Contact: David Studebaker

Phone No: 785 289 0007

Time: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

FISHING TOURNAMENT -Catfish

Location: Lake View Boat Ramp

Vehicle Permits are REQUIRED FOR ALL VEHICLES to enter the State Park- No matter the length of stay.

NOTICE: All tournaments will be done in accordance with the State of Kansas Covid 19 and the KDWPT-COVID 19 fishing Tournaments guidelines.

Wear a mask, be aware of touched surfaces and social distance.

https://catfishchasers.com 


04/17/2021

Western NE Bass

Location: Wilson State Park-Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Dates: 04/17/21 - 04/18/21

Contact: Matt Vollmar

Phone No: 402-659-2358

Time: 5:00 am - 3:00 pm



Hays Bass Anglers

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, April 17, 2021

Contact: Curt Wachs

Phone No: 785-259-8326

Time: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

Start will be at safe light.


05/09/2021

All American Catfish Tournament

Location: El Dorado Lake

Type: Catfish Tournament

Date: Sunday, May 09, 2021

Contact: Jill Johnson

Phone No: 316-321-7180

Time: 5:00 am - 5:00 pm


Other Information:

Contact El Dorado Park Office about catfish tournament details  316-321-7180


05/15/2021

Hays Bass Anglers

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021

Contact: Curt Wachs

Phone No: 785-259-8326

Time: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

Start time will be safe light.


05/16/2021

EAST KANSAS BASSMASTERS

Location: Perry State Park

Type: Tournament

Date: Sunday, May 16, 2021

Contact: Brian Keeney

Phone No: 913 424 8285

Time: 7:00 am - 3:00 pm


Other Information:

FISHING TOURNAMENT -Bass

Location: Lake View Boat Ramp

Vehicle Permits are REQUIRED FOR ALL VEHICLES to enter the State Park- No matter the length of stay.

NOTICE: All tournaments will be done in accordance with the State of Kansas Covid 19 and the KDWPT-COVID 19 fishing Tournaments guidelines.

Wear a mask, be aware of touched surfaces and social distance.


06/05/2021

Bass Federation of Kansas

Location: Wilson State Park-Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Dates: 06/05/21 - 06/06/21

Contact: Larry Stoafer

Phone No: 913-240-5254

Time: 5:30 am - 3:00 pm



Annual Youth Fishing Tournament

Location: Glen Elder State Park

Type: Youth Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, June 05, 2021

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!!


06/12/2021

Hays Bass Anglers

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2021

Contact: Curt Wachs

Phone No: 785-259-8326

Time: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

Start time will be safe light.


06/19/2021

Kansas Walleye Tournament

Location: El Dorado Lake

Type: Kansas Walleye Tournament

Date: Saturday, June 19, 2021

Contact: Jill Johnson

Phone No: 316-321-7180

Time: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

Walleye Tournament will be held at boat ramp #2 in Bluestem Point


09/11/2021

Hays Bass Anglers

Location: Wilson State Park Hell Creek Boat Ramp

Type: Fishing Tournament

Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021

Contact: Curt Wachs

Phone No: 785-259-8326

Time: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm


Other Information:

Start time will be safe light.


09/12/2021

3D Archery Shoot and Free Park Entrance

Location: Lovewell State Park

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

Date: Sunday, September 12, 2021

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.


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.

Fishing Tournament Gallery