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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.



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 !


2021Trail T#3 - Sunday Apr. 25th 2021 - Candlewood


Open Tournament #1, Information coming soon !!!

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.

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.

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 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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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 on 11/11-11/14/2020.




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

10/18/2020 - Candlewood Lake Results


A Division

1st Jordan Doucette 16.59 lbs

2nd Keith Cleary 12.82 lbs

3rd Tony Viccaro 9.79 lbs


B Division

Tie Norm Boucher, Jim Sherman, Andrew Carnante 0.00 lbs


Congratulations !!

See the Tournament Trail Results page for compete results.



2020 CT-TBF Opens -

November 15th Candlewood Lake

Open Results


1st Rodgers/Counihan 19.66 lbs

2nd Kalechman/Partner? 19.42 lbs lbs

3rd Rose/Rose 19.16 lbs lbs

4th Schumacher/Indorf 18.87 lbs lbs

Lunker Soler 5.58 lbs

18 Teams competed, Congratulations to the top 4 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 January 21st 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.
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CT-TBF 2021/2022

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


**** Listed by date of event. ****


2021 Trail T#1 - Sunday Aug. 23rd, 2020 - CT. River - Early bird completed

2021 Trail T#2 - Sunday Oct. 18th, 2020 - Candlewood - Early bird completed

2021Trail T#3 - Sunday Apr. 25th 2021 - Candlewood

2021 Trail T#4 - Sunday May 16th 2021 - Lake Zoar

2021 Trail T#5 - Sunday June 6th 2021 - Lake Lillinonah


2021 2 Day (2021 NSF Qualifier) - Sunday June 26th/27th - Locations TBD


2022 Trail Sunday T#1 - Jul 25th 2021 - CT River (2022 Early Bird)

2022 Trail Sunday T#2 - Aug. 22nd 2021 - Candlewood Lake (2022 Early bird)


2021 District 15 National Semi Finals (NSF) - Sept. (Date/Location TBD), Hosted by TBF of Rhode Island.


2022 2 day (2022 NSF Qualifier) - Sunday Oct. 16th/17th - Locations 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). 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.


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 - Completed

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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