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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.

The 2020 Season's Almost Here !!!

No boat ?, No Problem !

Non-Boaters & Boaters welcome !!


News, Events & Information !

Hello Everyone,

Due to health & safety concerns caused by the Coronavirus outbreak and Governor Lamont's latest orders, the TBF is cancelling the March meeting, both Cabelas shows and the 1st Open Tournament March 28th on Candlewood Lake.


Per CT DEEP the April 26th 2020 TBF trail tournament on Lake Zoar is cancelled.


Please check back frequently for updates.

Please check on your neighbors and friends. Remember wash your hands and stay 6 ft apart. 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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$1 Million in general liability insurance for your club.

$25,000 excess medical coverage!

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

Special product discounts and TBF member rewards from many of our sponsors, including:

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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

Tournament #2, 05/07/2020

Candlewood Lake Results


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 April 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.

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CT-TBF 2020 / 2021

( TBF National Semi Finals Qualifier )

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)

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)

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

Sunday August 23rd, 2020 - CT. River (Counts as 2021 T#4)

Sunday October 18th, 2020 - Candlewood Lake (Counts as 2021 T#5)


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

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

Event #4, Saturday June 13th - Candlewood Squantz

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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