New KBF Youth Club “Bluegrass Bassmasters”

Bluegrass Bassmaster is a new youth Kentucky Bass Federation Club for anglers 11-15 years old from Hardin and Larue Counties. The club will participate in KBF tournaments, opens and the club is hoping to start a series of open tournaments on local lakes like Nolin, Rough, Green and Barren.

The club started April 2017 and interest in the local schools in growing. The club had a “Meet and Greet” tournament on a rainy day with temperatures below 50 degrees. The term “Meet and Greet” was used because the members thought it would be a good way to get to know each other since the members come from 2 different counties and 4 different schools.

We wanted to thank some of the club’s first sponsors such as Day’s Pro Bass in Wax, KY, Renegade Marine in Leitchfield, KY and Paul Davis Restoration in Elizabethtown. The desire to fish is amazing to see in youth at this age and if you can take a kid fishing.



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Eastern Division Tournament Change

Due to High Water on the MUDDY Ohio River the Garrison Event has been moved to Cave Run Lake at the Alfrey ramp for this coming Sunday. 

Any questions concerning the changes please contact:  

Michael Boggs 606-922-6862   Or

Chad Rice  606-232-1278

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KY Trophy Bass Program opens for 2017 Season

Department seeks angler donations to build a better bass fishery


FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 3, 2017) — When Murray resident Austin Gruner caught an 8.2-ounce largemouth bass bulging with developing eggs from Kentucky Lake on Feb. 10, he didn’t keep it.

 Instead, Gruner took his trophy to Fisherman’s Headquarters in Benton, where employees held it for pick up by a Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources hatchery truck.

 “Austin’s fish is the first donation we’ve received this year for the department’s Trophy Bass Propagation Program,” said Jeff Ross, assistant director of fisheries for Kentucky Fish and Wildlife. “We’re seeking additional donations of big bass caught in other lakes so we can increase the potential for oversized largemouths in Kentucky’s waters.”

 Trophy bass donated to the program go to Pfeiffer Fish Hatchery near Frankfort for spawning. The department stocks the trophy offspring to the original lake and select other lakes in fall.

 Anglers really don’t lose their trophy. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife gives participants professionally mounted, fiberglass reproductions of their fish in return for the donation. Photos of the four bass donated in 2016 – the inaugural season of the program – are viewable online at by searching under the keywords, “Trophy Bass Propagation Program.”

In spring, Kentucky’s program only accepts female bass weighing more than 8 pounds, and male bass weighing more than 6 pounds. Fish this size generally exceed 22 inches in length. In fall, the department accepts fish of any gender weighing more than 7 pounds.The seasonal program shuts down for the summer on May 31, because the higher temperatures are stressful to the fish and reduce the chances of survival.

 Anglers should take their trophy bass to a participating bait shop as soon as possible, rather than leaving the fish in a livewell or stringer for an extended period of time. Bait shop employees will hold the fish in aerated bait tanks until a Kentucky Fish and Wildlife employee can pick up the bass and take it to a hatchery. 

 Look for more information about the trophy bass program, fish handling tips and a list participating bait shops on the department’s website,

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KBF College Team Division





KBF College Teams

The KBF has developed this division to provide an avenue for College Teams to advance to the KBF State Championship and the TBF Semi Finals


*  College Team Members will join a new Statewide College Club and will pay $50 dues per person.

*  Standard KBF rules will apply except that this will be a Team format.

*  Teams are eligible to fish at any of the 24 divisional tournaments.

*There will be no entry fee and Teams will be fishing against other College Teams.

*  Teams that fish at any 2 divisional tournaments will be invited to the KBF State Championship and will be fishing against other College Teams.

*  There will be no entry fees to participate in these events.

*  The KBF will send the winning College Team to the TBF Semi-Finals against Tennessee and the KBF will pay the $200 Boater and $100 Co-Angler entry fee.

*The Second place Team at the KBF State Championship will be invited to the TBF Semi-Finals but will be responsible for their entry fee.

*At the Semi Finals each Team member will fish as Boater and Co-Angler separately and will be paired with a random TBF member.

*  If the Boater is the overall winner at the Semi-Finals they will have their boat wrapped (Donated   by Signs Now).

*  College Teams may enter the existing optional big fish side pot.

*  College Team members may enter the Adult division simply by paying the corresponding Adult entry fee and follow the Adult division rules.


If you have any questions regarding the above do not hesitate to call one of the Division Directors or Steven Taylor direct at 502-314-8011.

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