Tournament Winners

Little bass, big checks!

Lake Billy Chinook presented a whole different kind of challenge for our anglers. Catching fish wasn’t the hard part, catching fish of size was the trick in this all-smallmouth affair. Most of our anglers caught 30-50 fish, with many under the 8-inch minimum. This meant anglers had to be organized and efficient at photographing and culling smaller fish. And with no reliable cell service on the lake, anglers were forced to track their best fish manually and upload the best, plus a few “insurance” fish as well, just in case.

All this resulted in an extremely close race, with just 2.75 inches separating the money-winners. One medium-sized fish would have changed everything but they were in short supply. It was so close, in fact, we had a tie for 2nd Place (tie goes to the angler with the biggest fish in their bag).


  1. Gage Loveall – 61″ – $966.13
  2. David Litehiser – 59″ – $393
  3. Braden Allison – 59″ – $229.25
  4. Daniel Clark – 58.25″ – $49.13


Matt Walker had the biggest fish of the day, a 14.25 inch smallmouth, so he took home $304 in cash and a $100 Next Adventure gift card.

Gear Drawing Winners

Tournament Details


Friday, July 16, 2021

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

Friday, July 23, 2021

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

Saturday, July 24, 2021

  • Check-In and Measuring Board Inspection: 4:30–5:00 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: 5:15 am
    Anglers may launch at either of the two launches, after check-in.
  • Lines In: 5:45 am
  • Sunrise: 5:53 am
  • Standings Offline: 11:45 am
  • Lines Out: 1:45 pm
  • Upload Deadline: 2:30 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: 3:00 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

Upper Deschutes Boat Ramp (improved)
Day use permit is required for parking!

Weigh-In Location

Culver Veterans Memorial Park
421 1st Ave, Culver, OR 97734

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:

There are two approved, improved launches for the tournament:
  1. Crooked River Day Use Area (improved)
    Day use permit is required for parking!
  2. Upper Deschutes Boat Ramp (improved)
    Day use permit is required for parking!

There is a third launch that is gated until 7:00 am:

  1. Lower Deschutes Day Use Area (improved) GATED until 7:00 am
    The launch may be used if you relocate during the event but it will not be open right after check-in. Day use permit is required for parking!

Lake Billy Chinook Launches

Left to Right: Upper Deschutes, Lower Deschutes (opens at 7am), Crooked River

Eligible Water Boundaries:

  • Main water body, including Crooked and Deschutes arms.
  • Metolius arm is out of bounds during tournament (see map below).
    If you wish to fish the Metolius arm before or after the tournament, you will need a Tribal Fishing Permit from the Warm Springs Reservation.
  • Connected creeks, rivers, sloughs and tributaries accessible via kayak from the main body of water are in-bounds as far as they are navigable from within the kayak (conditions permitting for safety and accessibility)
  • Disconnected sloughs and ponds are out-of-bounds.
  • Portaging is not permitted
  • Only public waters are allowed

Camping Information

Unfortunately, camping at The Cove Palisades State Park is full. Ellisa Carbullido-Field and Chandler Field have been kind enough to block out their property for us for camping. They have several camp spots and some RV-friendly spots available. They have portable toilets on-site. They have been extremely generous to us by offering this location with no reservation fee. They will have donation boxes on-site, so PLEASE take good care of them and take great care of their property while there.

Their property is on the west side of the Deschutes in West Culver.

The Chinook Store is close by with supplies and gas.


You can text or call Elissa on her cell phone at ‭(808) 219-5387‬ to reserve a spot and give her your ETA. She can send directions and information.

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West Coast Championship Qualification:

  • Top 25% of competitors of each qualifier event will be qualified for the West Coast Championship at Clear Lake, CA on August 20–21, 2021.
  • No roll downs. If an angler qualifies twice, they basically eliminate another angler from qualifying.
  • Competitors who register and attend three KFNW qualifier events will automatically qualify for the WCC, regardless of position.
  • Competitors who register but do not attend qualifiers, are not eligible.

Tournament Director:

Marvin Forte
email: kfnw.marvin@gmail.com
phone: 602-410-1002


Event Sponsors

Payout Bonus Boosters

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

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