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Welcome to The Bass Federation of Connecticut.

Join Connecticut's friendliest & most 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.

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Please be patient. The website is being updated for the 2023 season.






Upcoming Events & Information



Upcoming Trail Event

2023 Trail #1, Sunday April 23rd Lake Lillinonah Steel Bridge Ramp



Upcoming Open Event

2023 Open #2, 04/08/2023 Saturday - Candlewood Lake Squantz


5 fish limit, fish as a 2 person team or fish alone.

$100 entry, $20 Lunker pool.

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.

All rules will be strictly enforced and any violation will result in an immediate disqualification.






2023 Federation National Tournament



Ponca City, OK. (November 7, 2022) – The Bass Federation (TBF) announced today that 102 of the nation’s top grassroots anglers will get their chance to “Live Their Dream” at the 2023 TBF Federation National Championship to be held on Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks, March 29-31, 2023.

“The Federation Championship has been held on many storied bodies of water over the decades and 2023 will be no exception.  Lake of the Ozarks has always been an angler favorite; in fact, I love to fish it myself.  It has come up on our surveys many times, so we are excited to partner with the Tri-County Lodging Association to make it happen.”  Stated Robert Cartlidge, TBF Federation National President. “Lake of the Ozarks is a destination lake that consistently produces, and has lots of things for everyone and their families to do while in the area.”

The March time frame on Lake of the Ozarks will be pre-spawn, and it should take a solid limit every day to do well there. The impoundment has a plethora of things to fish and will fit any fishing style.  TBF anglers competing in the “no entry fee” event will also enjoy stellar payouts where the prize purse will push $400,000.00 in cash and prizes due to the growth and success of the Federation’s close-to-home low cost TBF National Semi-Finals program that qualified all the anglers to get here.

“The Lake of the Ozarks is excited to welcome the 2023 TBF Federation National Championship and SAF

 Missouri High School State Championship in 2023.” Stated Lagina Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, Central Missouri’s Tri-County Lodging Association. “This is a new partnership, and we look forward to a successful event and many more collaborations in the future. We know the anglers will enjoy fishing in our little piece of paradise and anxiously await their arrival in spring of 2023!”

Competitors have qualified at 21 close-to-home district competitions in the TBF’s National Semi-Final system that span the traditional seven TBF geographical divisions.  The framework is designed to make it easier for TBF anglers to fish premier events by minimizing travel time and expenses. As noted because of the success of the new TBF National Semi-finals program, payout to the membership continues to climb annually.

All fifty-one boaters and fifty-one co-anglers competing in the National Championship will fish the first two days of the event and only the 7 Division Champion boaters and 7 Division Champion co-anglers will compete on the third and final day for the Living Your Dream Prize packages and the National Champion boater and co-angler titles.  In addition to the cash prizes, all anglers will receive a hotel room stipend from TBF for the actual event days as a part of their qualifying prize. Additionally, all Boaters will receive a cash fuel stipend to help offset their boat costs. All 14 finalists can earn a Living YOUR Dream prize package of various sizes, and can advance to the 2023 BFL All-American if they are qualified.

The National champions and overall winners will leave with the coveted TBF National Champion Boater and National Champion Co-angler Titles and a Living Your Dream (LYD) package. The boater National Champion’s LYD package is valued in excess of a whopping $125,000 in cash and prizes including a brand-new Ranger Z520 powered by Mercury 250HP outboard engine, Lowrance Electronics and MinnKota Trolling Motor rigged out and all their own to KEEP!  PLUS, a significant CASH prize, paid entry fee stipend into whatever they want to fish and much more!

The Federation strongly believes in the value of co-anglers, so the 2023 National Champion Co-Angler LYD package will be worth over $30,000, including 20K cash PLUS set paid entry stipends into the circuit of choice, and more!

Coverage of the TBF National Championship will be broadcasted in high-definition in the Federation Angler TV block on the Pursuit Channel, on Outdoor Action TV and streamed live from the Lake of the Ozarks event daily on


Good luck to Matt Marinelli and Eric Baba who will be representing Connecticut at the TBF National Championship.





2nd Annual CT-TBF Banquet


The 2022 CT-TBF banquet at Lola's Bistro was a great success. There was plenty of good food and lots of raffle prizes to be won.


Keith Cleary was awarded the 2022 Angler of the Year trophy. Mike Talaga was awarded the 2022 Co-Angler of the Year trophy. The 2022 Boater "Lunker of the Year" went to Andrew Krayewski with his 5.45 catch. Eric Baba took the 2022 Non-Boater "Lunker of the Year" with his 4.74 catch.






The Bass Federation and The Bass Federation of CT welcome two (2) new sponsors, Lews and Strike King.









New for 2022 !

Check out the New CT-TBF Tournament Jerseys.



The New CT-TBF tournament jerseys are out and are a big hit.



The New Tournament Sponsor Flags look great !!

Thanks to Amy Perry










TBF of CT. Lake Zoar Weigh In.




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

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2023 CT-TBF Trail

Event #1 April 23rd

Lake Lillinonah Results



Boater Division

1st S1 lbs

2nd J2 lbs

3rd T3 lbs

Lunker C7 lbs




Non Boater Division

1st M0 lbs

2nd K0 lbs

3rd L8 lbs

Lunker E4 lbs


1st place Boater Sy & 1st place Non-Boater Ma also won prize packs from Andy's Custom Bass lures.


Jo and Na won prize packs from Bounty Hunters Custom Baits for the lowest bag weights in at the tournament.


Congratulations to all !!

See the Tournament Trail Results page for compete results.







2023 CT-TBF Open

Event #1 March 25th

Candlewood Lake Results


1st Gardiner/Stevens 15.86 lbs

2nd Chris Counihan15.16 lbs

Lunker Baker/Tomassini 4.81 lbs



8 Teams competed, Congratulations to all. Hats off to everyone who fished on a very cold and wet day.


Congratulations to the top 2 teams !!!


Complete results will be posted on the Opens page.




Next Meeting


The next TBF of CT board meeting will be held at 6:30 pm on Thursday April 27th 2023 at the Cabelas located at #475 East Hartford Boulevard in East Hartford, CT. Meetings are open to all members and all members are encouraged to attend.

Meetings are at 7 pm on the 4th 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 2023

Tournament Trail, 2 Day & NSF Information


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


2023 Trail #1, Sunday April 23rd Lake Lillinonah Steel Bridge Ramp

2023 Trail #2, Sunday May 21st Lake Zoar State Ramp

2023 Trail #3, Sunday June 11th Candlewood Lake Squantz Ramp

2023 Trail #4, Sunday July 16th CT River Haddam Meadows Ramp

2023 Trail #5, Sunday August 20th Lake Lillinonah Steel Bridge Ramp


2023 2 Day (2024 NSF Qualifier) - Aug. 26th CT River Haddam Meadows ramp, Aug. 27th Candlewood Lake Squantz Ramp

Must be a CT-TBF Member at least sixty (60) days prior to the 2 day event.


2023 District 15 National Semi Finals (NSF) - Hudson River Catskill New York, hosted by the THB of New Jersey. Practice Dates are Sept. 27th, 28th & 29th, Tournament Dates are Sept. 30th & Oct. 1st.


Each year the organization hosts a tournament trail for the membership. There are two divisions in which the members can choose to fish, Boaters ($50 entry fee) and Non-Boaters ($25 entry fee).

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 ($150). We will count your best 4 out 5 trail events (1 drop). 

The deadline for this application is before you fish your first 2023 trail event.

You can also qualify for the National Semi Finals through the 2 Day Championship.


Applications are available on the
Tournament Applications page

Tournament Director
Keith Cleary C-914-419-0218






2023 Open Tournaments


Open #1, 03/25/2023 Saturday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #2, 04/08/2023 Saturday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #3, 05/04/2023 Thursday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #4, 06/17/2023 Saturday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #5, 07/08/2023 Saturday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #6, 07/30/2023 Sunday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #7, 08/13/2023 Sunday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #8, 10/22/2023 Sunday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #9, 11/12/2023 Sunday - Candlewood Lake Squantz

Open #10, 11/26/2023 Sunday - Candlewood Lake Squantz


Entry Fee $100.00 per boat - Optional Lunker Fee of $20.00 - Launch position by postmark or receipt of paid entry. A applications accepted at the ramp - TBF Open Rules apply - 75% Payout to 20% of the field. Five (5) fish limit (Largemouth or Smallmouth bass), you can 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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