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Welcome to The Bass Federation of Connecticut.

Join Connecticut's most friendly & affordable bass fishing tournament trail for as little as $25 per tournament. More tournaments, more fun and more chances to advance to a National Semi Final or National tournament.




Pro/Am Format


Non-Boaters & Boaters welcome !!

New Members




Please check on your neighbors and friends. Remember to wear a face mask (if not vaccinated) when in public, wash your hands and stay at least 6 ft. apart. Lets work together to end this and get back to fishing.

Also..... Please check your boat before and after you launch. Let's keep our waters free from invasive species.

Be careful and be safe !!.


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2021 CT-TBF Trail Event #5

Sunday July 25th - CT River Haddam Meadows Results



Boater Division

1st Sam Leary 13.93 lbs lbs

2nd Jay Caponigro 13.72 lbs

3rd Keith Cleary 10.78 lbs

Lunker Sam Leary 5.41 lbs


Non - Boater Division

1st Steve Martins 7.18 lbs

2nd Mike Talaga 4.93 lbs

3rd Jason Myslak 4.04 lbs

Lunker Steve Martins 3.38 lbs



Congratulations to all !!

See the Tournament Trail Results page for compete results.





2021 CT-TBF Opens Event #8

Sunday August 15th Candlewood Lake Results


1st Winslow/Dispoto 22.64 lbs

2nd Biron/Levesque 21.30 lbs

3rd Jaracy/Lemay 20.03 lbs

Lunker Winslow/Dispoto 5.80 lbs


14 Teams/Boats competed. Great job by all.

See the Open Tournament Results page for compete results.




2021 CT-TBF National Semi Final Qualifier (2 Day Championship) Event

CT. River Sat. 6/26 & Candlewood Lake Sun. 6/27 Results


Top Boater NSF qualifier (CT-TBF 2 day championship) Ken Bugden.


Top Non-Boater NSF qualifier (CT-TBF 2 day championship) Nick Cortina.


Full results can be seen on the Tournament Trail Results page.




2021 CT-TBF Tournament Trail

Angler of the Year.

Jordan Doucette




2021 CT-TBF Tournament Trail

Co-Angler of the Year.

Josh Escobar



2021 CT-TBF National Semi Final Qualifiers (State Team ).

** Picture coming Soon **




News, Events & Information


Next Trail Event

Trail Tournament #5

Sunday Aug. 22nd 2021 - Candlewood Lake Squantz launch




Next Open Event

Open Tournament #9

Sunday October 24th 2021 - Candlewood Lake Squantz launch

You do not need to be a member of the CT-TBF to fish an open tournament.


If you want to be guaranteed a spot preregister by mail !!!!

Spots will be filled on a 1st come, 1st serve basis. Applications will be taken by mail or at the ramp.

We request that you wear a Mask or Face covering (if not vaccinated) during the entire event. Masks may be removed when one partner is on the front deck and one is on the back deck.

To minimize cross contact during the tournament, please bring a completed application and exact change for the entry ($100), Lunker ($20). We will not be making change.

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.




First annual CT-TBF Banquet in the works !!

Trophies, door prizes and raffles are planned. Lola's Bistro & Grille Plainville, CT. November 7th 2020, 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm.

Please check back frequently for updates.




CT TBF members 5% discount promo code: CTTBF21

Check out CT-TBF member Steve Martin's website for some great lures !!




Invasive Species Alert

Destroy! Don’t Dump!

Invasive zebra mussels have been found in "moss balls,” an aquarium plant product sold at aquarium and pet supply stores.  Zebra mussels are regarded as one of the most destructive invasive species in North America.
What are “moss balls?”
A moss ball is a species of green algae that is formed into a ball and is 2 to 5 inches in diameter. Moss balls are purchased for home aquariums are found in pet stores nationwide.
What should I do if I recently purchased moss balls for my aquarium?
Do not dispose of the moss balls in drains, waterways, or gardens. Moss balls must be destroyed and disposed of in a sealed container in the trash.


For more information visit the US Fish and Wildlife Service website,







From the CT-TBF Tournament Director;

Hello Everyone,

I just want to make sure everyone is aware of the upcoming trail events and what is necessary to qualify for next years TBF National Semi-Finals event (Fall of 2021).

First of all we have moved to a full Pro/Am format.

To be eligible to qualify for the NSF from the trail, you must fill out the attached Trail Qualifier Form and pay the $150 Qualifier Fee prior to the 1st tournament you want to count towards qualification.

Please mail in your Tournament Applications and Trail Qualifier forms this week.

To qualify to fish the CT-TBF 2 Day events you must be a member at least sixty (60) days prior to the event.

Any questions, please let me know.

Also, please share this email and instructions with your clubs to ensure everyone is aware of all associated deadlines.


Keith Cleary

Tournament Director, TBF of CT




CT-TBF Covid19 Fish Care with Fish Whisperer Tim Thompson





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

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**** Next Meeting ****

The next TBF of CT board meeting will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday August 19th 2021 at LCN Kitchens & Baths #1695 Poquonock Ave. Windsor, CT. 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 2021

Tournament Trail, 2 Day & NSF Information



(Must be a CT-TBF member at least 60 days prior to 2 Day events.)


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

Counts as... ...............................................................................................................Counts as

2021 Trail #3...........Sunday Apr. 25th 2021 - Candlewood .......2022 Trail #1

2021 Trail #4...........Sunday May 16th 2021 - Zoar......................2022 Trail #2

2021 Trail #5...........Sunday June 6th 2021 - Lillinonah.............2022 Trail #3

.................................Sunday Jul 25th 2021 - CT River................2022 Trail #4

.................................Sunday Aug. 22nd 2021 - Candlewood .....2022 Trail #5


2021 2 Day (2021 NSF Qualifier) - Saturday June 26th CT River, Sunday June 27th Candlewood Lake. Must be a CT-TBF Member at least sixty (60) days prior to event.


2021 District 15 National Semi Finals (NSF) - Sept. 25th & 26th 1000 Islands Clayton NY, hosted by TBF of Rhode Island. Official practice days are Sept. 22nd - Sept. 24th.


2022 2 day (2022 NSF Qualifier) - Saturday October 16th CT River, Sunday October 17th Candlewood Lake (Must be a CT-TBF Member at least sixty (60) days prior to event.)



Each year the organization hosts a tournament trail for the membership. There are two divisions in which the members can choose to fish. The Boater Division is $50 per tournament. The Non-Boater  Division is $25 per tournament.

There are two (2) ways to qualify for the CT-TBF State Team and advance to the TBF National Semi Final (NSF), and possibly the TBF National Tournament. If you wish to try and qualify for the NSF Division 15 tournament through the tournament trail, you need to fill out the "NSF Trail Qualifier" application and attach the indicated fee ($150). We will count 4 out 5 trail events (1 drop). The deadline for this application is before you fish your first 2021/2022 trail event.

You can also fish the CT-TBF 2 Day event for a chance to qualify for the NSF or fish it for a chance to better your trail qualifier position.


Applications are available on the
Tournament Applications page.

Tournament Director
Keith Cleary C-914-419-0218



2021 Open Tournaments



Open #1, 03/27/2021 Saturday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #2, 04/11/2021 Sunday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #3, 05/06/2021 Thursday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #4, 05/30/2021 Sunday - CT. River Haddam Meadows

Open #5, 06/19/2021 Saturday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #6, 07/11/2021 Sunday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #7, 08/01/2021 Sunday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #8, 08/15/2021 Sunday - Candlewood Lake Squantz


Open #9, 10/24/2021 Sunday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #10, 11/14/2021 Sunday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #11, 11/28/2021 Sunday - Candlewood Lake Squantz


You do not need to be a member of the CT-TBF to fish an open tournament.


Entry Fee $100.00 per boat - Optional Lunker Pool 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 with a partner 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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