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Online Series Event #1

Spring Fling


2020 Spring Fling winner Ryan Parker with a 22.5" bass.

Identifiers can be printed off HERE. The code for the identifier will be released by 9PM on Wednesday, March 31st on Facebook & Tourney X. 


  • An identifier with no code, the wrong code, or codes in the wrong boxes will not be accepted. 

  • If participating in multiple tournaments you can combine codes on a single identifier, but they must be correct and they must be in the appropriate box.

Another option for an Identifier (that is not mandatory) is a reusable option made out of durable aluminum by Blue Fox Gifts.  MAKE SURE YOU ORDER THE BUCKEYE KAYAK FISHING TRAIL IDENTIFIER.


Payouts & Prizes

  • Approximately the top 10% of the field will receive a payout. 

  • Payouts take anywhere from 1-4 weeks to process.


2017 Spring Fling winner Andy Colvin with a 21.75" bass.

Note: Hawg Trough measuring boards are no longer allowed in 2020.  Please refer to the event rules on this page for an eligible measuring board.

Trail Points

Trail Points are awarded throughout the entire season after every Online Series event.  Total points are tallied all year long and the TOP 5 in the Online Series standings are awarded an invite to the coveted CLASSIC!

The point leader after the CLASSIC is awarded the Online Series ONLINE WARRIOR!  (Additional details here)

Points for this event will be distributed by:

1st Place - 25 points

2nd Place - 24 points

3rd Place - 23 points

4th Place - 22 points



(all the way down to...)



23rd Place - 3 points

24th Place - 2 points

25th Place - 1 point

To follow your progress watch the ONLINE SERIES STANDINGS all year long.

Helpful Tips


2019 Spring Fling winner Shawn Skidmore with a 21.25" bass.

Event Rules

Standard rules for this event can be found HERE

Remember, new for 2021, acceptable measuring boards are the aluminum Ketch Products Measuring Board, the Ketch Karbonate and the Ketch X measuring board.  The Hawg Trough and Fish Stix boards are no longer an acceptable measuring board.

Additional Rules for this tournament...

  • Anglers must compete in at least 1 Tour Series event to be eligible for a payout.

  • The tournament runs from 6AM on April 1st until 11:59PM on May 1st.

  • It is the anglers responsibility to upload eligible photos by the May 1st, 11:59PM deadline.

  • This tournament is black bass only (Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted).

  • This tournament is a multiple day event where a 5 fish total length determines final standings.

  • Since we expect some true Ohio trophies caught during this tournament we HIGLHLY ENCOURAGE anglers to not only upload their fish submission to Tourney X, but a 2nd photo of the angler holding the fish!  Enter the measurement at 1" and you will either cull it or the judge will remove it, but we will download it and use it for social media, website, etc.

Eligible Water

  • At its most basic definition, eligible water is anything in Ohio that is accessible to everyone.  Accessible means it is legal, open to everyone, and does not require special permission.

  • Eligible water includes anything owned by the government (park system, city, township, county, state, federal, ODNR) where fishing from a kayak is permitted.  This also includes Ohio waterways designated as rivers or creeks.

  • Privately owned water is eligible under certain circumstances.  It must be accessible BY ANYONE without restricted passes, special permissions, deals, agreements, or backdoor handshakes from the owner.  Anyone should have access to fish the body of water.  For example a private community that requires a landowner or guest pass is ineligible.

  • NEW FOR 2021: Public and Private water that require permits are eligible if...

  • If there are unlimited permits that can be acquired the same day it is going to be fished.  For example, if a lake only offers 5 permits per day or a limited number of permits a day it is off limits.  If a lake offers multiple permits in a day but they have to be scheduled in advance of the day it is fished it is off limits.

  • We get asked several times a year if AEP is eligible water.  YES, AEP is eligible.  They offer unlimited permits the same day and anyone can obtain on HERE.  As for any other waterway AEP rules & regulations MUST be followed.

  • If you have a question about eligible water and a possible location don't hesitate to email

  • All laws, rules, and regulations must be followed while fishing the body of water.  For example, if a body of water allows fishing only during daylight hours then any fish caught outside of that period would not be eligible and cause for immediate disqualification. 

April 1 - May 1, 2021


Register and pay $31 for the 2021 Online Series : Spring Fling event at 


$31 entry fee is broken down by the following:

  • $20 Top placing anglers

  • $5 - Tourney X fee

  • $5 - Annual Trail expenses, trophies, permits, etc.

  • $1 - ONLINE WARRIOR prize package at end of year

The Spring Fling coincides with several other Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail tournaments, so be sure to double, triple, quadruple, quintuple, and sextuple dip and submit fish across multiple tournaments!

  • YAK Ohio is a year long Multi-Species event that will target specifically bass in the month of April.  Anglers have the opportunity to submit bass to both tournaments.

  • The Season Long Black Bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted Bass) begins at the same time as this Spring Fling and lasts until October 2nd.  Any fish caught during the April 1 to May 1 window can be submitted to both tournaments.​​The

  • The Season Long Smallmouth Bass begins at the same time as this Spring Fling and lasts until October 2nd.  Any bass caught during the April 1 to May 1 window can be submitted to this tournament and any smallmouth bass can be submitted to the Season Long Smallmouth tournament.​

  • The 2 day Raccoon Creek tournament on April 17/18th will not only allow you to submit bass to both tournaments, but it will also check off a requirement where a Tour Series event must be attended to receive a payout for Spring Fling.

  • The May 1st East/West Harbor event will also give anglers another opportunity to submit bass to both events.



2018 Spring Fling winner Trevor Fry with a 25.25" bass!!!!

Note: Hawg Trough's measuring boards are no longer allowed in 2020.  Please refer to the event rules on this page for an eligible measuring board.

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