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Welcome to The Bass Federation of Connecticut.

Join Connecticut's most affordable bass fishing tournament trail for as little as $20 per tournament. More tournaments, more fun and more chances to advance to a regional or national tournament.


You don't need a boat to join !


Congratulations to the team of ----- for winning the October 15th TBF Candlewood Lake Open with a limit of 8 fish weighing --- lbs !

Join us at the next TBF Open/Team Tournament

Candlewood Lake Squantz Pond Launch 7:30-3:30 Sunday November 13th

Now paying to 20% of the field !!!


The 2016 Tournament Trail is completed. Thanks to all participants for making it a great year. See you next year !!!


2016 CT-TBF Anglers of the Year

A Division - Ken Bugden (left)

B Division - Martin Schaffmeier


Congratulations to Alex Wetherell for winning the 2016 CT. TBF 2 Day Championship on a very tough Candlewood Lake & CT. River.


2016 TBF Eastern Divisionals

Congratulations to the 2016 CT-TBF State Team (shown below) on a 3rd place finish at the TBF Eastern Divisionals in Kingston Ontario Canada.

Russ Phillips, Rich Baker, Bill Naples, Alex Wetherell, Fred Perry, Gary Kurensky, Dominic Gambardella, Jake Roczniak, Ken Bugden, Keith Cleary, Tony Viccaro, Jim Johnson

Alternates - Bob Panico & Mike Lavelle


Congratulations to Boater Russ Phillips (right) & Non Boater Ken Bugden (left). Ken and Russ will be representing CT. TBF at the TBF Nationals !


2016 TBF National Semi Final Div. 15

Congratulations to Alex Wetherell (right) for winning the 2016 TBF Semi Final Tournament Div. 15. Boater Alex Wetherell & Non Boater Steve Martins will be representing the CT. TBF at the TBF Nationals !!!


**** Next Meeting ****

The next TBF of CT board meeting will be held at 7:00 pm on Thursday November 17th 2016 at the Cabela's in East Hartford. Meetings are open to all members.

Meetings are at 7 pm on the 3rd Thursday of the month, unless specified otherwise.

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2016 CT-TBF Tournament Trail


All Tournaments 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM unless otherwise specified

Trail Event #1 - Lake Lillinonah Sunday April 24th
Trail Event #2 - Candlewood Lake Sunday May 22nd
Trail Event #3 - Lake Zoar Sunday June 26th
Trail Event #4 - Candlewood Lake Sunday July 24th
Trail Event #5 - CT River (Haddam) Sunday August 7th


Each year the organization hosts a tournament trail for the membership. There are two divisions in which the members can choose to fish. A Division is a little more expensive ($40 per tournament) and is generally fished by people who are comfortable at fishing tournaments and have a little more knowledge of the waters. B Division is quite cheap to fish ($20 per tournament) and is generally considered to be a place for learners and people who are not familiar with the waters to fish against other people who are competing at the same level.

If you wish to try and accumulate points to make the CT. TBF State Team through the tournament trail, you need to fill out the "State Team - Trail Qualifier" Application and attach the $75.00 fee. The deadline for this application is before you fish your first 2016 trail event.


2016 CT-TBF 2 Day Championship & State Team Qualifier

Day #1- Candlewood Lake Saturday August 27th

Day #2 - CT River Sunday August 28th
2016 TBF Eastern Regionals (Last year of old format consists of ME, NH, VT, MA, RI, CT, NY, Ont, CA)
Day #1 - Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence River September 14th
Day #2 - Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence River September 15th
Day #3 - Lake Ontario/St. Lawrence River September 16th
2016 TBF National Semi-Finals (New Format consists of CT., RI., NJ.)
Day #1 - CT. River Saturday October 8th
Day #2 - CT River Sunday October 9th

2017 CT. TBF Proposed Tournament Trail

1. Candlewood Lake Sunday 4/30

2. CT. River Sunday 5/21

3. Candlewood Lake Sunday 6/25

4. CT. River Sunday 7/23

5. Lake Lillinonah Sunday 8/06

2 Day Championship

Candlewood Lake Saturday 08/26, CT. River Sunday 08/27

2017 TBF National Semi Finals Div. 15




2016 Open/Team Tournaments

#1 - Candlewood Lake 7-3 Saturday March 26th
#2 - Candlewood Lake 7-3 Thursday May 5th
#3 - CT River (Haddam) 7:30-3:30 Sunday June 5th
#4 - Candlewood Lake 7-3 Saturday June 11th
#5 - Candlewood Lake 7:30-3:30 Saturday July 9th
#6 - CT River (Haddam) 7-3 Sunday July 17th
#7 - Candlewood Lake 7:30-3:30 Saturday October 15th
#8 - Candlewood Lake 7:30-3:30 Sunday November 13th
#9 - Candlewood Lake 7:30-3:30 Sunday November 27th

Entry Fee $100.00 per team - Optional Lunker Fee of $20.00 per team - Launch position by postmark of paid entry - TBF Open Rules apply - 75% Payout to 20% of the field

Applications are available on the
Tournament Applications page.
Tournament Director
Keith Cleary 914-419-0218


2017 Proposed Open/Team Tournament Schedule

1. Candlewood Lake Sunday March 26th

2. Candlewood Lake Thursday May 4th

3. Connecticut River Sunday June 4th

4. Candlewood Lake Saturday June 10th

5. Candlewood Lake Saturday July 8th

6. CT. River Sunday July 16th

7. Candlewood Lake Saturday October 14th

8. Candlewood Lake Sunday November 12th

9. Candlewood Lake Sunday November 26th


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To become a member of our federation one must either join an existing club (check the club listing page) or form a new club with a minimum of 6 members. By doing either it will automatically enroll you in the federation and entitle you to all our member benefits and protect you under the TBF insurance coverage. Most clubs in the state are actively recruiting new members at this time and welcome new faces enthusiastically.

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