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Welcome to The Bass Federation of Connecticut.

Join Connecticut's most affordable bass fishing tournament trail for as little as $20 per tournament. More tournaments, more fun and more chances to advance to a National Semi Final or National tournament.

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TBF of CT - COVID Update

Based on the governor's latest executive order prohibiting gatherings of more than 5 people through June 20th, we will be canceling the following events:

May 30th - CT River Open - CANCELLED
June 7th - Congamond - Trail Event - CANCELLED
June 13th - Candlewood Open - CANCELLED

The May 21st and June 18th Monthly Meetings at Cabela's are also cancelled.

Please check back frequently for updates.


DEEP Urges Safe Boating, Social Distancing Practices at State Boat Launches During COVID-19 Pandemic

Connecticut State Boat Launches Remain Open at this Time 

With the boating season just around the corner, the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announces that the state boat launches are currently open. DEEP wants to share best practices to keep boaters safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a fluid and evolving situation and as the weather warms and the demand for use at the boat launches increase, DEEP will continue to closely monitor these facilities to determine if the use of the launches can safely continue.  
To this end, DEEP has developed a suite of common-sense practices and recommendations that can help improve boaters’ safety at state boat launches and on the water.  

To use Connecticut’s boat launches safely, DEEP offers the following guidance: 

  • Parking in state boat launches is only for boating, fishing, or wildlife observation (where permitted). Other non-permitted activities could increase use, reduce safety, and jeopardize the availability of the facilities. Anyone not engaged in these activities should not be using boat launches and will be asked to leave by DEEP Environmental Conservation Police. 
  • Gatherings of people at state boat launches must be limited to not more than 5 people per Governor Lamont’s Executive Order number 7N.
  • Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on maintaining 6-foot social distancing from others must be followed at all times. When possible, leave an empty parking space between your vehicle and others in the lot. 
  • Boaters should depart the ramp area as quickly as possible when launching or retrieving your boat. Boat occupants should be limited to cohabitating family members only, and groups of no more than five.
  • Recreate locally. Rather than traveling to some of Connecticut’s more popular boat launches, discover new boating spots close to home. Consult the DEEP Boating website for alternate launching locations.
  • If a boat launch appears to be crowded, consider visiting a different boat launch, or returning at a different time or day.  

To boat on Connecticut waterways safely, DEEP offers the following guidance: 

  • Do not raft or tie-up your vessel with other vessels. 
  • Do not share your equipment or vessel with other boaters. 
  • Wear gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) and practice proper social distancing when using public equipment such as gas pumps or pumpout facilities. 
  • Coastal and inland water temperatures remain cold and boaters should wear life jackets at all times. A reminder that state law requires anyone operating or riding in a manually-propelled vessel such as a canoe or kayak is required to wear a life jacket until May 31st.  

DEEP also wishes to provide some additional information for out-of-state boaters using Connecticut’s waters: 

  • Per Governor Lamont’s guidance, any person coming to Connecticut by means of transportation, including by boat, are strongly urged to self-quarantine for 14 days. 
  • Out of state boaters are reminded that prior to operating on Connecticut’s inland waters, an Aquatic Invasive Species stamp is required to be purchased online. The demarcation line between inland and coastal waters can be found on the DEEP Boating website.  

DEEP will continue to closely monitor capacity and use of the state boat launches and may consider alternate management strategies for these facilities as demand increases. DEEP staff  are currently developing operational plans for the state’s most popular boat launches, including Squantz Cove and Gardner Lake, including possible targeted reductions in parking availability and other measures on a launch-specific basis to ensure the safety of Connecticut’s boaters. 

Please visit the DEEP Boating website for news and updates:


Please check on your neighbors and friends. Remember to wear a face mask when in public, to wash your hands and stay at least 6 ft. apart. Lets work together to end this and get back to fishing.

Be careful and be safe !!






Don’t join FLW until you read this!!

FLW dues have increased to $75 !!!


If you join the TBF of CT for $85, you get your annual FLW dues, National TBF and TBF of CT dues paid for 2020 !!


Why you should join CT-TBF/TBF & FLW !!


When you join a TBF club, all FLW Dues will be collected at the local level and sent into the TBF main office.

TBF national dues are $50 a year (which includes BOTH TBF & FLW membership).

Membership comes with full benefits, discounts, priority registration and insurance for your club and events!

You can join an existing TBF club, sign up your current club or start a new club. It only takes 6 members to form your own TBF club.

Your club must belong to its home State Federation, and some states also have state dues.

Your club will submit your club membership roster and dues and keep it updated using the TBF online Club Roster Management system!

Pretty simple, once a year and your done, that’s all there is to it!



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$25,000 excess medical coverage!

$10,000 AD&D event coverage for every TBF member.

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Great job at the 2020 TBF Nationals on Grand Lake by Ryan Kusmit and Keith Cleary. Congrats to Keith Cleary on winning the Eastern Division and placing 5th overall. Keith will be going to the BFL All American on Lake Hartwell.



TBF National Semi Final Div. 15

( Connecticut, New Jersey & Rhode Island )

Congratulations to 2019 NSF Division 15 Overall Tournament Winner & Top CT Boater Keith Cleary (above) and Top CT Non Boater Ryan Kusmit (below in yellow). They will be representing CT. at the TBF National Championship in 2020.

Congratulations to Non Boaters (1st) Ryan Kusmit, (3rd) Jeff Misaiko

Congratulations to Boaters (1st) Keith Cleary, (3rd) Ken Bugden and (4th) Matt Marinelli.


Check out the National Semi Finals page for pictures, results & more.





A Division Jake Roczniak


2019 B Division Martin Schaffmeier


2019 2 Day Champion ... Rich Schumacher

Congrats to Rich, Jake and Martin !!




2020 CT-TBF Trail Event #1 (2020 Early Bird)

08/25/2019 - Lake Lillinonah Results

A Division

1st Kevin Jaracy 13.16 lbs

2nd Tim Thompson 12.37 lbs

3rd Fred Perry 10.51 lbs

B Division

1st John Horbal 7.89 lbs

2nd Ryan Horbal 2.08 lbs


Congratulations !!

See the Tournament Trail Results page for compete results.



2020 CT-TBF Opens -

May 30th CT River &

June 13th Candlewood Lake




1st K 20.88 lbs

2nd S 20.48 lbs

3rd B 20.23 lbs

4th P 19.81 lbs

5th D 17.12 lbs

Lunker R4.71 lbs


00 Teams competed, Congratulations to the top 5 teams !!!

Complete results will be posted on the Opens page.



**** Next Meeting ****

The next TBF of CT board meeting will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday July 16th 2019 at the Cabela's in East Hartford . Meetings are open to all members and all members are encouraged to attend.

Meetings are at 7 pm on the 3rd Thursday of the month, unless otherwise specified above.

The TBF-CT Website is constantly being updated,
but we need your input too.
Please email any thoughts and
suggestions directly to or

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CT-TBF 2020 / 2021

( TBF National Semi Finals Qualifiers )

Tournament Trail

All Tournaments 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM unless otherwise specified


Sunday August 25th, 2019- Lake Lillinonah (Counts as 2020 T#1) Cancelled

Sunday April 26th, 2020 - Lake Zoar (Counts as 2020 T#2 / 2021 T#1) - Cancelled

Sunday May 17th, 2020 - Lake Lillinonah (Counts as 2020 T#3 / 2021 T#2) Cancelled

Sunday June 7th, 2020 - Congamond Lake (Counts as 2020 T#4 / 2021 T#3) Cancelled

Sunday August 23rd, 2020 - CT. River (Counts as 2021 T#1)

Sunday October 18th, 2020 - Candlewood Lake (Counts as 2021 T#2)


Each year the organization hosts a tournament trail for the membership. There are two divisions in which the members can choose to fish. A Division is a little more expensive ($40 per tournament) and is generally fished by people who are comfortable at fishing tournaments and have a little more knowledge of the waters. B Division is quite cheap to fish ($20 per tournament) and is generally considered to be a place for learners and people who are not familiar with the waters to fish against other people who are competing at the same level.

If you wish to try and qualify for the National Semi Final Division 15 tournament through the tournament trail, you need to fill out the "NSF Trail Qualifier" Application, and attach the indicated fee.

The deadline for this application is before you fish your first 2020/2021 trail event.


2020 CT-TBF 2 Day Championship & TBF NSF Div. 15 Qualifier

Day #1 - Saturday July 18th - CT. River

Day #2 - Sunday July 19th - Candlewood Lake

2020 TBF National Semi-Finals Division 15 (NJ, CT, RI)

October 10th & 11th, Hudson River Catskill NY - Hosted by the NJ-TBF

Official Practice Days are October 7th, 8th & 9th


Applications are available on the
Tournament Applications page.

Tournament Director
Keith Cleary C-914-419-0218




2020 Open Tournaments


Event #1, Sunday March 28th - Candlewood Squantz - Cancelled

Event #2, Thursday May 7th - Candlewood Squantz - Cancelled

Event #3, Saturday May 30th - CT River Haddam Meadows - Cancelled

Event #4, Saturday June 13th - Candlewood Squantz - Cancelled

Event #5, Saturday July 11th - Candlewood Squantz

Event #6, Saturday July 25th - CT River Haddam Meadows

Event #7, Sunday August 16th - Candlewood Squantz

Event #8, Saturday October 24th - Candlewood Squantz

Event #9, Sunday November 15th - Candlewood Squantz

Event #10, Sunday November 29th - Candlewood Squantz


Entry Fee $100.00 per boat - Optional Lunker Fee of $20.00 - Launch position by postmark of paid entry and/or applications at the ramp - TBF Open Rules apply - 75% Payout to 20% of the field. Five (5) fish limit (Largemouth or Smallmouth bass), fish as a team or fish alone.

Applications are available on the
Tournament Applications page.

Tournament Director
Keith Cleary C-914-419-0218


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To become a member of our federation one must either join an existing club (check the club listing page) or form a new club with a minimum of 6 members. By doing either it will automatically enroll you in the federation and entitle you to all our member benefits and protect you under the TBF insurance coverage. Most clubs in the state are actively recruiting new members at this time and welcome new faces enthusiastically.

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