Do you want a Replica of your Big Bass !

How About a FREE replica of your trophy Bass !!!

Kentucky Fisheries has begun a program to add trophy sized males (6+ lbs) and females (8+ lbs)to the current native broodstock in the hatchery. This is expected to produce offspring that have the potential to grow to trophy size in the Kentucky waters that the Department routinely stocks every year.

“The reason is simple: Big bass produce big bass. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife wants anglers to donate their live trophy bass so the department’s hatcheries can use them to produce new generations of oversized fish. In return, anglers will receive a replica mount of their bass.

“I wanted to figure out how we could do a better job of propagating larger bass in Kentucky,” said department Fisheries Director Ron Brooks. “So this kind of program just makes sense. People have been breeding animals forever to optimize the size of the animal, so why not do this with largemouth bass?”

They expect that there will not be many bass caught in these weight ranges and would be happy to see 8 or more. That will be enough to produce tens of thousands of fingerlings. Over the years, the hatchery production will shift towards fingerlings with propensity to grow big.

Here’s how it works. Assistant director Jeff Ross has contacted the licensed bait dealers throughout the state and created a list of bait shops that will receive the fish. To these, add the district offices and the hatcheries.

This link is to the list on their website.

Before you go fishing, check the list for the nearest drop-off, just in case. If you’re not near one of the drop offs, they have established a cell phone to call that is manned by someone all the time, 270-977-3813.

An explanation of the entire program is here.

Remember to practice good fish care (aeration, ice, salt, don’t overcrowd) and get the fish to the drop-off quickly.

Your reward will be a replica of your catch!!


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How to Qualify for the KBF National Semi-Finals

This section is copied from the KBF Tournament Rules.  Rule # 5


There are a total of 6 Divisions hosting 4 Tournaments per Division for a total of 24 Tournaments.

Methods to qualify for the State Championship, Angler of the Year,

& Divisional Winners are listed below.

Buying of the single Divisional Tournament must be done at least 5 days prior to the tournament date. The Tournament Director for that tournament must have your cash money in his hand to be included in the payouts or your buy in won’t count.

At all 24 Divisional Tournaments 1st and 2nd place in points due to total fish weights in both the Angler and Co-Angler divisions will qualify for the State Championship. If the 1st and 2nd place finishers in both Angler and Co-Angler have already qualified we will move down the list to the next Angler or Co-Angler that hasn’t qualified yet.
Anglers and Co-Anglers who have not qualified at one of the Divisional Tournaments and has fished in a total of 4 Divisional Tournaments derived from any of the 24 Divisional Tournaments available for a total 4, one of which may be Bought will be eligible to fish in the State Championship.


Division 1st Place Winners Angler And Co-Angler: At the end of the year the overall 1st place winners for each Division in both the Angler and Co-Angler categories are determined by fishing any or all 4 tournaments within that Division and finishing with the most points accumulated by fish weights for that Division only. (A Tournament that is bought and not fished will not be eligible for points toward the Divisional 1st Place winners).

Angler and Co-Angler of the Year Tournament: This will be held in conjunction with the State Championship. There will be a total of 16 Anglers and 16 Co-Anglers eligible to fish this tournament. To qualify for this tournament the KBF takes the 1st place finisher in points from each of the 6 divisions in both the Angler and Co-Angler divisions. In addition the top 10 Anglers and Co-Anglers with the overall point totals for the year accumulated from all Divisions will also be eligible. The 10 Anglers and Co-anglers does not include the 1st place divisional Anglers and Co-Anglers winners already eligible. You may fish as many of the 24 Divisional Tournaments available and acquire points from each one that will count towards your total points for the year. (Points from your Top 4 tournaments will be added together to get your best score) (A Tournament that is bought and not fished will not accumulate any points towards the top 16 eligible for Angler or Co-Angler of the year).

Methods to qualify for the TBF National Semi-Final

From the KBF State Tournament

 Primary Method

 The top 12, using the KBF Boater / Co-Angler formula, will be eligible for what was formally called our State Team for our Sponsor Program. In addition too, and including the top 12, the number of participants throughout the year at all of the Divisional Qualifiers and State Tournament will be totaled together. 10% of that number will be eligible to attend the TBF Semi-Finals. The same Boater / Co-Angler formula will be used to select that number and your angler of the year points will determine your pairing position. We have to send an equal number of Boaters and Co-Anglers so depending on your Angler of the Year points some Boaters may have to go as Co-Anglers just like we have been doing on the State Team. The KBF will pay for the entry fee to the Semi Finals for all participants who qualify using this format. (In 2015 we had 384 total entries. Rounded up we would have sent 40 fisherman to the Semi Final, 20 Boaters and 20 Non-Boaters).

Each Club can send their Top Sticks to the TBF Nationals Semi-Finals

If you are a member of a KBF Club in good standing, said club may send 2 members who haven’t qualified in one of the Primary ways to qualify.

These members must have at least 301 Angler of The Year Points and fish in the State Championship.

One of these will be the Boater and the other the Co-Angler and both must arrive at the TBF Semi Finals together.

These participants will be determined by the clubs administrators, and their names MUST be submitted to the KBF 2 days after the State Championship to be added to the Semi Final tournament roster .  These participants must pay their own entry fee of $100 for Co-Angler and $200 for Boater into the TBF Semi Finals. These members will be eligible to move on to the TBF Nationals just like the other members that qualified the Primary way.

The Semi-Finals and beyond are run by TBF rules.


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2016 KBF Board Meeting and General Membership

2016 Annual KBF Membership Meeting Saturday January 30, 2016
This meeting is open to all KBF Members
Hilton Garden Inn
2735 Crittenden Drive
Louisville, KY
12:00 – 2:00 EST
Attention: State Team Members

per KBF Rules

If a State Team Member must drop out in either the Angler or Co-Angler division of the State Team before the State Team Roster has been sent in to the TBF, the next highest finishing competitor from which ever division the competitor drops out will move up 1 place. Once the Roster has been sent in to the TBF and a competitor drops out from either the Angler or Co-Angler division the 1st Alternate will take that competitors place. The 1st Alternate is always an Angler with a back up boat on hand if needed. After which the 2nd and 3rd Alternates will be on standby if needed to complete a full 12 man Team.

The above message pertains to KBF Rules.

Once Entry Forms are turned in to TBF, only TBF Tournament rules will be adhered to.

Link to map for directions below: … index.html
Scroll to bottom to see the Meeting times for KBF Board Meeting

Only certified Board Members can be in attendance during this meeting

This is located directly behind the Hall Of Fame Café and Cracker Barrel. It is directly outside of gate 4 of the exposition center. You can park inside the fairgrounds at the gate and walk 200 yards to the entrance to the conference center if one chooses to do that. They will also supply a shuttle from the main entrance of boat show to the Inn and back to the boat show at no charge. Just call the motel at 502-637-2424 and ask for the shuttle. For those that want to eat breakfast they have a great buffet served from 6:30 to 11:00 for $11.95. if you get there early you can eat before the meeting.

Donnie Keeton will be there to answer questions about the new KBF / TBF tournament format.

KBF Board Meeting
Same Location
Meeting Time  starts at 10 AM until 12 Noon or may be tabled until after the Membership Meeting if needed.


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TBF & NBAA Dual Memberships now available

You asked —– TBF Delivers !

Over the past couple years KBF members have asked the Question  “Will TBF members be offered a discount if we want to start a NBAA division of our own or join and fish the NBAA circuit that TBF is affiliated with?”

TBF members are now being offered a DEEP discount for NBAA membership AND NBAA members are being offered a good discount to join TBF! Everyone wins!

  • Numerous Federation club members want to fish a local team tournament format, on your home lakes and gain the opportunity to advance to a real national Championship! You now have that opportunity.
  • Yearly national TBF membership remains only $50.00 and includes full TBF and FLW competitor memberships and all benefits associated with them.
  • Current TBF members that have already paid their 2016 TBF National dues of $50.00 can now join NBAA for only $10.00 per year and start fishing your very own NBAA events.
  • Current NBAA members that have already paid their 2016 NBAA annual dues of $40.00 can now join TBF for only an additional $20.00 per year!
  • Members still must join your local state federation to fish state federation events.
  • It is a great opportunity for Federation members to be able to advance toward 2 different National Championships.

State Clubs, here is the opportunity for clubs to grow and gain more members. Your club tournaments can also be NBAA events and you could advance to a national Championship and win a Ranger boat just by fishing your club NBAA events! The tool is here use it to help grow both organizations. For more info on NBAA or to start your very own NBAA division.

Check out the website at





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