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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.

No boat ?, No Problem !

Non-Boaters & Boaters welcome !!


Please check on your neighbors and friends. Remember to wear a face mask when in public, 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 !!


Important News, Events & Information !


Open Tournament #9, Sunday November 15th - Candlewood Lake

Open Tournament #10, Sunday November 29th - Candlewood Lake

(Squantz Ramp; 7-3).

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

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

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.

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.







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, for the 2021 NSF, we will take 4 Boaters and 4 Non-Boaters (including the top 2 non-boaters) from the Trail.  Another 4 Boaters & 4 Non-Boaters (including the top 2 non-boaters) will come from the Two-Day.

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.

The eligible trail events for the 2021 trail include:

August 23, 2020 - CT River
October 18, 2020 - Candlewood Lake
April 2021 - Date and Location TBD
May 2021 - Date and Location TBD 
June 2021 - Date and Location TBD

We will count 4 out 5 trail events (1 drop). 


The 2021 Two-Day will be in July 2021 - Dates and Locations TBD

(Think Spring !)


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

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




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

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: 

  • 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:




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

Congratulations to the following qualifiers:

Boaters - Tony Viccaro, Tim Thompson, Jeff Misaiko, Keith Cleary, Matt Marinelli, Jim Johnson, Jordon Doucette, Kevin Jaracy

Non-Boaters - Eric Baba, Lee Tracy, Tom Moleski, Bob Dattilo, Jason Myslak, Josh Escobar, Fred Perry, Ken Bugden





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 !!




2021 CT-TBF Trail Event #2 (2021 Early Bird)

10/18/2020 - Candlewood Lake Results


A Division

1st T 10.86 lbs

2nd J 4.82 lbs

3rd J 4.32 lbs


B Division

1st D 2.69 lbs

2nd J 1.51 lbs


Congratulations !!

See the Tournament Trail Results page for compete results.



2020 CT-TBF Opens -

October 24th Candlewood Lake

Open Results


1st Lavelle/Baker 20.41 lbs

2nd Timons 19.83 lbs lbs

3rd Sadowski/Labove 19.71lbs lbs

4th Balachvili 19.54 lbs lbs

5th Neal/Woerden 17.95 lbs lbs

6th Kruger/Kalechman 17.40 lbs lbs

Lunker Lavelle/Baker 4.98 lbs

26 Teams competed, Congratulations to the top 6 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 November 18th 2020 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 2020/2021

( TBF National Semi Finals Qualifiers )

Tournament Trail

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


T#1 - Sunday August 23rd, 2020 - CT. River - completed

T#2 - Sunday October 18th, 2020 - Candlewood Lake - completed

T#3 - April 2021 - Exact Date/Location TBD

T#4 - May 2021 - Exact Date/Location TBD

T#5 - June 2021 - Exact Date/Location TBD


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 ($50 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 ($25 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 ($150).

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


2021 CT-TBF 2 Day Championship & TBF NSF Div. 15 Qualifier

(Must be a CT-TBF member at least 60 days prior to event)

Day #1 - Saturday July, Exact Date/Location TBD

Day #2 - Sunday July, Exact Date/Location TBD


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 - Completed

Event #5, Saturday July 11th - Candlewood Squantz - Completed

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

Event #7, Sunday August 16th - Candlewood Squantz - Completed

Event #8, Saturday October 24th - Candlewood Squantz - completed

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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