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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


Idaho Kayak Bass Fishing (IKBF)

Tournament Director
Chris Bordes

Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing (OKBF)

Tournament Director
Marvin Forte

Assistant Tournament Directors
Matthew Burdick
Kegan Pankratz


Washington Kayak Bass Fishing (WKBF)

Tournament Director
Jim Davis

Assistant Tournament Directors
Jordan Dugger
Patrick Kelly

We’ve got some exciting news for the 2021 season.

Live Events

2021 will see the return of five Tour Events each in IKBF, OKBF, and WKBF, for a total of 15 Tour Events. The winner of each Tour Event qualifies for the KFNW Kayak Bass Classic (KBC) invitational tournament in October.

The Tour Angler-of-the-Year is calculated by adding up the best four Tour Event scores from each angler’s season. The Tour Angler-of-the-Year and Runner-Up both qualify for the KBC.

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West Coast Championship

We’ve partnered with clubs in Arizona, northern and southern California, Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and more this year to plan the first-ever West Coast Championship at Clear Lake, CA on August 20-21. Six of our Tour Events (two per division) will be qualifying events for this tournament. Details are still being hashed out. Watch for updates!

Online Challenges

We’re putting the challenge back in the monthly Online Challenges this year with the return of themes. 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 oriented 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 fished on their selected day all compete head-to-head.

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 2020 exceeded $1,200! The more people who fish, the more money will be won.

KFNW Kayak Bass Classic

2021 will see the return of the KFNW Kayak Bass Classic in October at CJ Strike Reservoir in Idaho. All the best anglers from all three KFNW divisions are invited to compete in this invitational event. Cash payouts exceeded $2,000 this year, and prizes exceeded $2,600.

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