KBF Rules Standard

Washington Kayak Bass Fishing (WAKBF) is a Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) partner. We closely adhere to the rules standard set by KBF, with a few exceptions, as noted below.

View KBF Rules Standard´╗┐

Rules Addendum for WAKBF

Updated 05/30/2019

Watercraft and Propulsion

  1. Human or natural power propulsion is the only form allowed. This includes, but is not limited to paddles, pedal drive systems, sails, fins, etc. No electric powered motors are allowed for propulsion unless approved in advance by Tournament Director, and only for those with disabilities or mobility challenges


  1. A membership fee is required to participate in all sanctioned Tour Series Events (not including Opens). $50 per year for one individual tour (IKBF, OKBF, or WAKBF), or $70 per year for KFNW, which includes IKBF, OKBF, and WAKBF.
  2. Members will be given access to Members Only area of the website and/or Facebook, and provided with members only discounts and opportunities.

Entry Fees

  1. Online registration via TourneyX must be completed two weeks prior to any event.
  2. All entry fee sales are final, and will not be refunded. If something happens, and you cannot attend the event, your entry fee will be paid out to the winners of the event.
  3. If you arrive to pre-tournament check-in and have not registered, Tournament Director will do everything they can to accommodate you, however, there is a possibility that you will not be able to compete due to individual state permitting, and other preparations we need to make for the Tour Events. Please don’t surprise us at the pre-tournament check-in, register online at TourneyX ahead of time.


  1. Prefishing can be done, as listed in the KBF Rules, from ANY type of fishing vessel.
  2. Prefishing Cutoff will be 4:00pm the date prior to any event.

Pre-Tournament Check-In

  1. Pre-Tournament Check-In location and time will be determined and announced prior to each event.

Tackle and Equipment

  1. If you are using a Hawg Trough or FishStik measuring board, it must have the lines darkened using a magic marker, as well as where the “fence” joins the board. See photo below:

Minimum Lengths

  • For all Tour Series Events and Online Challenges (unless otherwise specified for specific events) the minimum length requirement shall be 8 inches.

Payout Structure for First, Second and Third Place

  1. View WAKBF Fee Breakdowns & Prize Payouts
  2. In the event that NO fish are caught during a Tour Series Event, the money will roll over to the next Tour Series Event. In the event that no fish are caught on the last event of the season, the money will roll over to the Tour Series Classic winnings. In the event that no fish are caught during the Tour Series Classic, the money will be evenly distributed to each entrant in the Tour Series Classic. For Tour Series that do not hold a Tour Series Classic event, the money will be rolled over into the following season’s Classic/AOY Fund. Any non-cash prizes will be raffled off at random.
  3. In the event of a tie in any place standing, the winner of the place standing will be determined by their longest fish. This will continue to second, third, fourth and fifth fish. If identical limits are caught. If a tie remains, a coin toss will determine the place standing.
  4. In the event that fewer anglers catch fish than the predetermined payout schedule calls for, the prizes and money will be redistributed to those anglers who caught fish. EG: If only one angler out of 30 catches a fish, all the prize money and earned placement prizes will go to that one angler. Prizes that have been determined ahead of time, such as as raffle items, will still be raffled off at random with no additional purchase necessary.

Big Bass Buy-In

  1. For each Tour Series Event, competitors can choose to enter into a Big Bass Buy-In, which will be a separate pool of money, on top of the tournament entry fee. This buy in will be CASH ONLY and will be required at the pre-tournament check-in station before each Tour Series Event.
  2. The single competitor with the largest bass caught during competition, who paid into the Big Bass Buy-In, will receive 100% of the Big Bass Buy-In pot.
  3. In the event that multiple competitors have a tie for biggest bass, the lengths of their next biggest bass will be used. In the event that there is a tie on all fish in multiple angler’s limits, a coin toss will determine the winner.


  1. Other prizes such as non-cash donations will be distributed as seen fit by the series in the form of tournament prizes and raffles.

Late for Weigh-In Penalties

  1. Tardiness to weigh-in will not be tolerated. The weigh-in time will be announced prior to the event. All anglers must personally check-in with the Tournament Director by this scheduled weigh-in time. In the event an angler is late, a penalty of one-inch-per-minute will be deducted from the angler’s total length. Any angler who shows up 15 minutes or more after the scheduled check-in time, will be disqualified. 

Angler-of-the-Year Rules

One angler will be named Angler-of-the-Year Champion for the Tour Series. The Angler-of-the-Year Champion will be determined by adding all the points earned in competition, subtracting all the worst finishes, leaving the best five finishes total. Angler-of-the-Year points will be awarded as such:

  1. 1st Place in any Tour Event – 100 points
  2. 2nd Place in any Tour Event – 99 points
  3. 3rd Place in any Tour Event – 98 points
  4. Those that catch no fish, will earn 20 points less than the lowest earned placement.
  5. Points are awarded to each angler that turns in at least one approved fish photo.
  6. No-shows and those that do not fish will not receive Angler-of-the-Year points.

In the event of a tie, the competitor with the greatest total inches for the season (counting only limits) wins. In the event of a tie in total inches, competitor with the largest fish of the season wins. In the event of a tie in total inches and largest fish, the earliest catch time and date of the largest fish wins.

Online Challenge Locations

  1. All bass must be caught in the home state of the Tour Series or its boundary waters (e.g. Columbia River, Snake River, etc.).
  2. Unless otherwise specified in the specific event details, fish must be caught ONLY on publicly accessible waters via public launches. This includes free launches, or paid launches, as long as anyone can use the launch at any time during competition.

Online Challenge Champion Qualifications

  1. One angler will be named Online Challenge Champion.
  2. The Online Challenge Champion will be determined using the same system as the Angler-of-the Year points system, however it will only use finishes from the Online Challenge Series. Online Challenge Champion standings can be found within the Standings section of the KFNW website.

Classic Qualifications

The Classic is a special tournament held each spring for the best anglers of the previous season. Anglers may qualify for the Classic, by completing any one of the following achievements:

  1. Classic Champion from the previous year is automatically qualified for the following year, unless they are disqualified for some other reason.
  2. First Place Winners (Tour Series Events) are qualified. If the first place winner has already qualified, no new angler will qualify (there will be no roll downs). The winner is simply reducing the number of qualified anglers who will compete in the Classic.
  3. Angler of The Year is qualified.
  4. Season-Long Online Challenge first place winner is qualified (Lunker Hunter on IKBF and OKBF, Season Long on WAKBF).
  5. Online Challenge Champion is qualified. 

KBF National Championship Qualifications

  1. KBF National Championship slots will be awarded based on the Angler-of-the-Year standings. Roll downs and special qualifications will be determined by the KBF Rules Standard.
Close Menu