Tournament Winners

Event #5 at Milner Dam/Snake River was a windy affair brutal affair for all and I’m not sure our season finale could have had it any other way. Weather and especially wind was not our friend this year showing up at every event. Zac Velarde found the bite and finished with 72” taking the win, $670.50 and he also qualifies for the KFNW Kayak Bass Classic at CJ Strike for his efforts! Congratulations Zac Velarde!

Picking up second place was Jack Eames with 69.75” who took home $279.38 for his efforts.

Kyle Zemke took home third place and $167.63 finishing with 69” to round out the top 3.


  1. Zac Velarde – 72″ – $670.50
  2. Jack Eames – 69.75″ – $279.38
  3. Kyle Zemke – 69″ – $167.63


The Idaho River Sports Big Bass went to Jack Eames and his 17.75” smallmouth. Jack took home an additional $261.50 for that big fish ($142.50 cash plus a $100 Idaho River Sports gift certificate).

  • Big Bass – Jack Eames – 17.75″ – $242.50

Gear Drawing Winners

Tournament Details


Friday, September 10, 2021

  • Registration Ends: 11:59 pm
    Late registration is limited and subject to an additional $10 late registration fee

Friday, September 17, 2021

  • Prefishing Ends: 4:00 pm
  • Identifier Code Released: 10:00 pm

Saturday, September 18, 2021

  • Check-In and Measuring Board Inspection: 6:00–6:30 am
    Anglers MUST check-in within this window. Failure to check-in on-time will result in disqualification. We recommend all anglers unload their gear before and during check-in. Kayaks and gear may be stored on the bank, or near the launch. Be sure to leave room for other people to use the ramp!
  • Launch: 6:30 am
    Anglers may launch at any legal launch location, after check-in.
  • Lines In: 7:00 am
  • Sunrise: 7:19 am
  • Standings Offline: 1:00 pm
  • Lines Out: 3:00 pm
  • Upload Deadline: 3:30 pm
    Cellular service may not be available on the water. It is the competitor’s responsibility to find service and upload their fish before the deadline.
  • Weigh-In and Awards Ceremony: 4:00 pm
    Competitors must be present or in line at weigh-in location by this time. Competitors who are not present or in line by this time will be disqualified. Must be present to participate in Gear Drawing.

Check-In Location

Heyburn Riverside RV Park
(Parking lot near Mini Cassia Chamber-Commerce)
1175 7th St
Heyburn, ID 83336

Weigh-In Location

Heyburn Riverside RV Park
1175 7th St
Heyburn, ID 83336

Safety Notes:

  • An overhead 360° light is required in low light conditions. A high-visibility flag, vest-type PFD, and sound signaling device (whistle) are required on the water at all times. Failure to utilize any of this safety equipment may result in disqualification.
  • Social distancing of 6+ feet should be maintained at all times. Keep your distance on and off the water.
  • Weigh-In Procedures may change as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Masks should be worn when anglers are gathered.
  • If you are displaying any of the known symptoms of COVID-19, including without limitation, fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea, stay home. If at any time before or during the Event you begin to experience any such symptoms, or learn that you have come into contact with anyone who either has COVID-19 or is displaying such symptoms, you must immediately alert an Event official and withdraw from the Event.
  • KFNW has a no refund policy on entry fees, but we will make an exception and issue refunds for competitors who experience symptoms of, or are diagnosed with COVID-19 before the event has been completed. Competitors must notify their Tournament Director. KFNW will not issue refunds unless they are notified sufficiently before lines out.

Launch Locations:

  • Any improved or unimproved, publicly-accessible launch
  • Only public launches are allowed

Eligible Water Boundaries:

  • Main body of Snake River between Milner Dam (downstream) and Minidoka Dam (upstream).
  • Connected creeks, rivers, sloughs and tributaries accessible via kayak from the main body of water are in-bounds up to 1 mile from the main main body (conditions permitting for safety and accessibility)
  • Disconnected sloughs and ponds are out-of-bounds.
  • Portaging is not permitted
  • Only public waters are allowed

Tournament Director:

Chris Bordes
(925) 216-2663‬


Event Sponsors

Payout Bonus Boosters

Thanks to CenturyLink and NRS, we’re boosting the payout purse for this event by $500.

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NRS Fishing

Big Bass Booster

Thanks to Idaho River Sports, we’re boosting the Big Bass Buy-In pot with a $100 gift certificate. You have to buy-in to win!