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



2023 promises to be to be our best season yet.

Our schedule for the 2023 season, has been released. You can view all the events here: 2023 KFNW Schedule.

West Coast Championship

The West Coast Championship was a big success in 2021 and 2022, so we are again partnering with clubs in Arizona, northern and southern California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington to qualify anglers for the 3rd Annual West Coast Championship on the Calfiornia Delta, CA in August.

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 events in any division, you automatically qualify.

Online Challenges

Our themed Online Challenges for the past few years have been a hit. 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 on the Willamette River in Oregon. All the best anglers from all three KFNW divisions are invited to compete in this invitational event. Cash payouts will exceed $5,000, and gear prizes should exceed $3,000.


Kayak Fishing Northwest

Marvin Forte

Assistant Director of Sponsorship
Kent Boatright

Assistant Technical Director
Kegan Pankratz

Assistant Social Media Director
James Reynolds


Idaho Kayak Bass Fishing (IKBF)

Tournament Director
Chris Bordes

Assistant Tournament Directors

Photography Associate
Zac Velarde

Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing (OKBF)

Tournament Director
Marvin Forte

Assistant Tournament Directors
Matthew Burdick
Kegan Pankratz

Photography Associates
Kegan Pankratz
Brandon Hua
Gregg Marshall


Washington Kayak Bass Fishing (WKBF)

Tournament Director
Jim Davis

Assistant Tournament Directors
Patrick Kelly
Josh Ruffcorn

Photography Associate
Patrick Kelly