Welcome to The Bass Federation of Connecticut.
Join Connecticut's most friendly & 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.
No boat ?, No Problem !
Non-Boaters & Boaters welcome !!
Important News, Events & Information !
The TBF of CT is back !!!
We will be holding our 2nd Open of the year, this Saturday July 11th, on Candlewood Lake (Squantz Ramp; 7-3).
With the restrictions still in place from the state, we are very limited in what we can do and in participation limits.
For this event, we are limited to 15 boats or 25 people, whichever comes first.
Spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Applications will be taken by mail or at the ramp
To minimize cross contact during the tournament, please bring a completed application and exact change for the entry ($120). We will not be making change.
Masks/Face Covering are required to be worn on shore, both before and after the event. Masks must also be worn in the cockpit area of the boat, while driving and are required when both participants are fishing on the same deck. Masks may be removed when one partner is on the front deck and one is on the back deck.
All rules, including the special COVID related restrictions will be strictly enforced and any violation will result in an immediate disqualification.
Please check back frequently for updates.
A Message from the President
The board is working to resolve the issues that we are currently facing.
Fred Perry - CT-TBF President
A Message frm the CT-TBF Tournament Director
Last year you paid an entry into the "C" division to make you eligible for the 2020 National Semi-finals through the trail events. As you know, the COVID situation has prevented us from holding trail events, therefore we were unable to qualify anyone from the trail for the NSF event this fall.
We will still be holding the 2-Day State Qualifier on July 18th and 19th.
( Must be a CT-TBF member 60 days prior to 2 Day to enter. )
For the 2021 National Semi-Finals, we will return to a 5 tournament schedule, counting the best 4 of 5.
As a result of all these changes, we are offering you the following choices:
Please let me know ASAP which option you are choosing.
If you are planning to fish this years 2-Day State Qualifier, the entry deadline/pairing meeting will be Thursday, July 9th at Cabela's at 7 PM. So you can either bring your entry that night, send it with someone who is attending the meeting, or you can mail or dropoff the entry to my house (but I must have it in hand before I leave for the meeting).
Any questions, let me know.
CT-TBF Tournament Director
2020 & 2021
CT-TBF of Connecticut - COVID-19 UPDATES – Trail Event Information
Apr 28th – Lake Zoar - CANCELLED
May 17th – Lake Lillinonah - CANCELLED
June 7th – Congamond Lake – CANCELLED
- 50% of the 2021 NSF Qualifiers will come from the 2-Day Tournament held in early 2021 (date/location TBD)
- 50% of the 2021 NSF Qualifiers will come from the Trail Events (4 out of 5 events).
o Trail Qualifier #1 = August 23, 2020 – Connecticut River
o Trail Qualifier #2 = October 18, 2020 – Candlewood Lake
o Trail Qualifier #3 = April 2021 – date/location TBD
o Trail Qualifier #4 = May 2021 – date/location TBD
o Trail Qualifier #5 = June 2021 – date/location TBD
- Beginning with the July 2020 2-Day Tournament: Boaters will get to use their boat (up to boat limit on state permit). 4 hour rules on boat operation still apply. The Top 2 Non-Boaters fishing the 2-Day will be guaranteed non-boater positions at the 2020 National Semi-Final Tournament.
DEEP Urges Safe Boating, Social Distancing Practices at State Boat Launches During COVID-19 Pandemic
DEEP also wishes to provide some additional information for out-of-state boaters using Connecticut’s waters:
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 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 !!
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.
2019 CT-TBF AOY
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
1st Kevin Jaracy 13.16 lbs
2nd Tim Thompson 12.37 lbs
3rd Fred Perry 10.51 lbs
1st John Horbal 7.89 lbs
2nd Ryan Horbal 2.08 lbs
See the Tournament Trail Results page for compete results.
2020 CT-TBF Opens -
June 13th Candlewood Lake
1st Nick P. / Tony V. 18.00 lbs
2nd Keith C. / John P. 17.76 lbs, Lunker 5.74 lbs
9 Teams competed, Congratulations to the top 2 teams !!!
Complete results will be posted on the Opens page.
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.