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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.

No boat ?, No Problem !

Non-Boaters & Boaters welcome !!


News !

Check out the link below regarding the MLF / FLW partnership and how it affects the TBF.

2019 Open Letter to The Bass Federation on MLF_FLW partnership


Upcoming Events


Important Information


CT-TBF Open #9 Candlewood Lake Squantz Launch from 7 am - 3 pm on Sunday November 10th 2019.


The CT-TBF Survey results/possible changes will be discussed and voted on at the November CT-TBF meeting at Cabelas. Please be there.






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 and TBF of CT dues paid for 2019 !!

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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Discounts in the Member's Only Online Store

$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:

Ranger Boats, Evinrude, Berkley and more.






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


B Division Martin Schaffmeier


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.




2019 CT-TBF Opens

Tournament #8, 10/12/2019

Candlewood Lake Results

1st Kruger/Kalechman 19.27 lbs

2nd Papotto/Viccaro 19.25 lbs

3rd Ed Groballi 19.10 lbs

4th Counihan/Jorgensen 17.98 lbs

Lunker Poalwanczyk/Keith 5.50 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 October 17th 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.

The TBF-CT Website is constantly being updated,
but we need your input too.
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2019 CT-TBF Tournament Trail

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

Event #1 Sunday 4/28/19 Candlewood Lake
Event #2 Sunday 5/19/19 Lake Zoar
Event #3 Sunday 6/2/19 Lake Lillinonah
Event #4 Sunday 6/23/19 CT River


2020 (early bird) Tournament Trail event #1 Sunday 8/25/19 Lake Lillinonah


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 $75.00 fee. The deadline for this application is before you fish your first 2018 trail event.


2019 CT-TBF 2 Day Championship & TBF NSF Div. 15 Qualifier

Day #1 - Saturday 7/20/19 CT River

Day #2 - Sunday 7/21/19 Candlewood Lake
2019 TBF National Semi-Finals Division 15 (NJ, CT, RI)

1000 Islands Clayton NY

Hosted by The Bass Federation of Connecticut

Applications are available on the
Tournament Applications page.

Tournament Director
Keith Cleary C-914-419-0218




2019 Open Tournaments


Event #1 Sunday 3/31/19 Candlewood Lake

Event #2 Thursday 5/2/19 Candlewood Lake

Event #3 Saturday 6/1/19 CT River

Event #4 Saturday 6/8/19 Candlewood Lake

Event #5 Saturday 7/6/19 Candlewood Lake

Event #6 Sunday 7/14/19 CT River

Event #7 Sunday 8/18/19 Candlewood Lake

Event #8 Saturday 10/12//19 Candlewood Lake

Event #9 Sunday 11/10/19 Candlewood Lake

Event #10 Sunday 11/24/19 Candlewood Lake


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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