Rules Standards

OKBF Rules and Guidelines 2017

As a KBF Partner Organization, Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing operates under the same rules as KBF, which can be seen in full here:
Below are addendum’s to the KBF rules, or a slight change in verbiage. Qualifiers for the KBF National Championship will have to comply with KBF Rules, and the OKBF Addendum’s will not be used for that event.


1. Membership

i. Membership lasts one calendar year. For example, dues paid at any time in 2016, are good for that calendar year only. If a member pays dues prior to the last tournament of each season, they will need to pay for the following year as well.

ii. Membership costs $35 per year (subject to change from year to year based on club costs)

iii. By paying your membership dues, you are in effect agreeing to follow the OKBF Rule Addendums, AND the KBF Rules Standards as listed current on their website.

iv. By paying your yearly membership, you are also agreeing to waive all liability if any injury, theft, or etc. occur during an event. If you would like a copy of the liability release you have agreed to by joining, please email

2. Entry Fees

i. Online registration must be completed two weeks (14 days) prior to any event. This can be done through the registration portal on the OKBF website. Payments can be accepted in the form of credit card or PayPal for tournament registration.

ii. All Entry Fee Sales are Final, and will not be refunded. If something happens, and you cannot attend the event, your entry fee will be paid out to the winners of the event.

iii. If you forget to register (life happens) prior to the 14 day deadline, you have the option to email and notify him that you would like to register late. Late registration must be paid in the form of cash at pre-tournament check in, and a $10 late fee will be added to your entry. If you have not paid your membership dues prior to pre-tournament check in, you must also pay in the form of cash before you can compete in the event.

iv. If you arrive to pre-tournament check in and I have had no knowledge that you would be fishing or entering the event, there is a possibility that you will not be able to compete. There are things that need to happen in order for you to be able to fish that I need to take care of in advance. Please do not surprise me at check in.

3. Pre Tournament Check In

i. Tournament check in location and time will be determined two weeks (14 Days) prior to each event. This is when all entrants need to have paid to enter.

ii. At Check in you will receive a competitor identification band. This must be displayed at all times during competition. The band was designed to fit around the back of most life jackets. If your life jacket does not allow this, please have it clearly visible somewhere else on you or your kayak.

4. Tackle and Equipment

i. There is no limit to how much tackle, or how many rods you carry with you on your watercraft.

ii. Back up rods, reels, line, tackle, baits, etc. may be in your vehicle, and you are allowed to retrieve it during competition if you would like.

iii. The use of Fly Rods is allowed.

iv. You may land a fish using a net to secure it, once caught.

v. Human or natural power propulsion is the only form allowed. This includes, but is not limited to paddles, peddle drive systems, sails, fins, etc. No electric powered motors are allowed for propulsion.

vi. Any form of of technology is allowed to locate fish that is located on your craft. This includes depth finders, gps maps, waypoints, structure scanners etc. The use of technology from another source (like a boat driving around finding fish for you) is not allowed.

vii. GoPro’s are encouraged during competition, and we ask that you submit your videos to Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing for use and editing. Go Pro’s cannot be used as a form of catch submission.

viii. A proper Personal Flotation Device (PFD) must be worn at all times of competition, unless you need to remove it for a restroom break or to drive to another location.

ix. Fishing methods must comply with state regulations. Example: Alabama or Umbrella rigs are allowed, but can only contain three hooks. The remaining arms can have hookless baits.

x. HAWG Trough Measuring Boards must have the lines darkened using sharpie, as well as where the “fence” joins the board. See photo below for example.

5. Prizes

i. Cash or otherwise determined prizes will be awarded as follows:

ii. Dollars will be rounded to the nearest dollar, with overrun awarded to 1st place, and under run deducted from last place.

iii. Other prizes such as non cash donations will be distributed as seen fit by the series.

iv. In the event that NO fish are caught during a day of competition, the money will roll over to the next tournament. In the event that no fish are caught on the last regular season tournament event, the money will roll over to the classic (if one is scheduled. The first year or two may not have a classic). In the event that no fish are caught during the classic, the money will be evenly distributed to each entrant in the classic. Any non cash prizes will be raffled off.

v. In the event of a tie in any place standing, the winner of the place standing will be determined by their longest fish. This will continue to second, third, fourth and fifth fish. If identical limits are caught, then a coin toss will determine the place standing.


vi. In the event that less anglers catch fish than the predetermined payout scheme calls for, the prizes and money will be redistributed to those anglers. For example… if only one angler out of 30 Anglers catches a fish, all the prize money and “earned placement” prizes will go to that one angler. Prizes that have been determined ahead of time as “raffle” items will still be raffled away at random with no additional purchase necessary.

A. Big Bass Buy In

i. At each event, competitors can choose to enter into a Big Bass buy in, which will be a separate amount of money on top of the tournament entry fee. This buy in will be CASH ONLY and will be given to the check in station at the pre tournament check in.

ii. The competitor with the largest fish caught during competition, and that has paid the big fish buy in, will receive 100% of the big fish buy in pot.

iii. In the event that two competitors have a tie for biggest fish, the lengths of their next biggest bass will be used.

iv. In the event that there is a tie for biggest bass, and the two competitors have exactly the same sized limit of fish, a coin toss will determine the winner.

6. Prefishing

i. Prefishing can be done, as listed in the KBF Rules, from ANY type of fishing vessel.

ii. Prefishing Cutoff will be 4:00pm the date prior to any event. (ex. March 24th at 4:00pm is the cutoff for Galesville)