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Welcome to KFNW!

Kayak Fishing Northwest (KFNW) is the Northwest’s Tournament Tour Series since 2016. We operate kayak fishing tournaments in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. We’re independently run by local folks who live and breathe the kayak fishing lifestyle. By working together, we are able to bring more opportunities to anglers in the Pacific Northwest. KFNW is comprised of three divisions: Idaho Kayak Bass Fishing (IKBF), Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing (OKBF), and Washington Kayak Bass Fishing (WKBF). We are dedicated to providing a fun, competitive series where ALL are welcome.

KFNW, IKBF, OKBF, and WKBF host multiple live events and online challenges each season. Some are Sanctioned Tournaments (membership is required, Angler-of-the-Year points are tracked) and some are Opens (no membership required, no AOY points tracked).

—Marvin Forte, KFNW Director

KFNW

Kayak Fishing Northwest
(KFNW)

Director
Marvin Forte
kfnw.marvin@gmail.com

Assistant Director of Sponsorship
Mark Middleton

IKBF

Idaho Kayak Bass Fishing (IKBF)

Tournament Director
Chris Bordes
idaho@kayakfishingnorthwest.com

Assistant Tournament Directors
Rick Thanstrom

Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing (OKBF)

Tournament Director
Marvin Forte
kfnw.marvin@gmail.com

Assistant Tournament Directors
Matthew Burdick
Kegan Pankratz

WKBF

Washington Kayak Bass Fishing (WKBF)

Tournament Director
Jim Davis
washington@kayakfishingnorthwest.com

Assistant Tournament Directors
Patrick Kelly


2021 was legendary, 2022 should be even better.

2021 was our most successful year to date thanks to our growing angler participation and our fantastic sponsors. We handed out over $40,000 in cash to our anglers, and over $25,000 in sponsor-supplied gear.

Our schedule for the 2022 season, has been released. You can view all the events here: 2022 KFNW Schedule.


Live Events

For 2022, we’re combining the first Tour Event from each of our three divisions into one epic, interdivisional Tour Event. 100+ anglers from all three states will go head-to-head on Lake Wallula (Columbia River) in the Tri-Cities area! Prize money and prizes should be over the top for this one.


Opens, opens, and more opens!

We always start the live event season with our Season Kickoff Open events in each division. These events pair a more-experienced kayak angler with a less-experienced kayak angler in a two-person team. The teams compete for cash, medals, and glory. This event is a fantastic way to dip your toes into competitive kayak fishing. You’ll have the support of your teammate and other anglers, to help you figure out how it works in a fun, less-competitive environment.

We will be hosting two HUGE open events this year. The first annual NRS Inland Northwest Open on June 25 at Dworshak Reservoir in Idaho, and the second is a tournament planned for July 30. We have some amazing plans for these two events, stay tuned for details…


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West Coast Championship

The West Coast Championship was a big success in 2021, so we are again partnering with clubs in Arizona, northern and southern California, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington to qualify anglers for the 2nd Annual West Coast Championship at Clear Lake, CA on August 19-20.

Nine of our KFNW Tour Events (first three per division) will be qualifying events. The top 25% of registered anglers who complete the event qualify for the WCC. Alternatively, if you complete any three of those events, you automatically qualify by participation.


Online Challenges

Our return to themed Online Challenges in 2021 was a big success. The goal with these themes is to incentivize anglers to explore new waters, try different techniques, and test the range of their angling skills. These themes are designed to break the tedium, and even the playing field for everyone.

Some of the Online Challenge themes include:

  • Pond Hopper (up to 200 acres)
  • Afternoon Delight (noon to night, pick-your-day)
  • Double Trouble (two-person teams)
  • Bucketmouth (largemouth only)
  • Bronzeback (smallmouth only)
  • No Limit (pick-your-day)

Two of the monthly Challenges are Pick-Your-Day, which are perfect for those anglers that can’t get out on weekends, or can’t get out to fish multiple days in a month. You get to pick the day you fish up-front, within a five-day range. The anglers who fish on their selected day all compete head-to-head, as if fishing the same day.

We also have two special Open Pick-Your-Day Challenges: the KFNW Charity Fish-A-Thon fundraiser, and the KFNW Fall Open; both of which are open to anyone, no KFNW membership is required.

IKBF, OKBF, and WKBF will each feature a Season-Long 50/50 Online Challenge, with a 10 fish limit (5 largemouth, 5 smallmouth) from March through September. The winner of each of these Challenges qualifies for the KFNW Kayak Bass Classic in October, and their scores are tracked towards Online Angler-of-the-Year as well.

These divisional Challenges are tracked throughout the season for Online Angler-of-the-Year points. We throw out the angler’s two lowest Challenge scores of the year, then rank the rest against the pack to determine our winner. That includes the monthly Challenges, AND the Season-Long Challenges, so it’s important to fish them all if you can. The Online AOY and Runner-Up both qualify for the KFNW Kayak Bass Classic in October.

KFNW will also see the the regional Season-Long 50/50 Open Online Challenge return from March through October. The payouts for this Challenge in 2021 exceeded $1,100! The more people who fish, the more money will be won.


KFNW Kayak Bass Classic

KFNW Kayak Bass Classic

The KFNW Kayak Bass Classic will return in October, this time at Lake Umatilla (Columbia River) in Washington. All the best anglers from all three KFNW divisions are invited to compete in this invitational event. Cash payouts exceeded $3,400 this year, and gear prizes exceeded $2,600.

View details about the 2021 KFNW Kayak Bass Classic.

“Anthony Lake” by Max Rae – Celebrate Photography is licensed under CC BY 2.0