Online Event Rules

The Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail joined Kayak Bass Fishing as a partner club on June 20, 2016.  In doing so, we have officially moved to using the KBF rules for all events after June 20, 2016.  For a complete set of rules you can visit Kayak Bass Fishing HERE.  In the event of a dispute, protest, etc the BKFT committee brings the issue to vote.  In the event a BKFT committee member is involved with the issue they are not involved in the process.


There are several rules that must be followed, and you can click on the link above to view each one.  Listed below are some of the most common rules you need to be aware of.


1. Online Events follow the same rules as the In Person Events found HERE.  Exceptions to those rules/formats are listed below.....



* Eligible water is defined as owned by the government (park system, city, township, county, state, federal, ODNR, etc).  This includes Ohio waterways, rivers, and creeks.


*Privately owned water is eligible under certain circumstances.  It must be accessible by anyone without special permissions/deals/agreements/backdoor handshakes from the owner.  Anyone should have access to fish the body of water.  If it's permit-only, then the permit needs to be accessible by all.  There should be information available on how to obtain the permit.


**AEP is privately owned.  Everyone can obtain a permit by going to their website and printing one off.  AEP is eligible.

**The Wilds is privately owned.  It takes special permissions to fish their water.  Not everyone can obtain this permission.  The Wilds is not eligible. 


*All laws, rules, and regulations for the body of water must be followed.  For instance if the water is closed to the public after 9PM any fish caught after that will be DQ'd.


*Any government owned water that requires a fee, permit, etc is eligible. For instance, if a lake requires an annual or daily park permit it is eligible. 


*If a lake has a drawing or early sign up period for a permit or limited permits it is eligible as long as all rules, regulations, and laws were met to obtain the permit.





3. Online Tournament Identifiers are posted the night before the tournament begins.  Anglers will be able to find the identifier on our website home page and Facebook when it is posted.  Identifiers should be printed and put in a ziploc or other clear bag.  If the identifier is not CLEARLY visible in the picture the fish will be DQ'd.  A suggestion that should not be taken lightly is that you print several identifiers and take several ziploc bags in case one blows aways, gets waterlogged, etc.


4. We will be running 4  online tournaments this year.  The Spring Fling in April, Buckeye Blitz during Memorial Day weekend, and the Iron Man 18 in June all have the following bass as eligible submissions: Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted Bass.  The Buckeye Open during Labor Day Weekend is a Smallmouth Bass ONLY event.


5. All Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail events require a Hawg Trough or Ketch board (no exceptions).  If you are unable to bring an approved board to an event you can make a post HERE and someone will more than likely have a spare for you to use.  All Hawg Trough's should have every line (inch, 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch) marked very carefully and with a Fine Point Sharpie.  If a Hawg Trough is not marked at every line (inch, 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, 3/4 inch) it is likely the pictures could receive a deduction if the judges can't determine if the tail touches or crosses the line.  There's no DQ or automatic deduction if you don't mark the lines on the Hawg Trough.  It just helps the judges do their job and protects the angler to accurately display the size of the fish.  If you have a Ketch board that is dark in color it is up to the ANGLER to produce a clear photograph of the fish.  Occasionally the tail will blend into the dark board and be hard to judge. IT IS THE ANGLER'S RESPONSIBILITY TO PRODUCE A CLEAR PHOTO SHOWING LENGTH....if not the fish may include deductions and even up to disqualification.


Club Specific Rules

​*First and foremost, all anglers agreeing to participate in the Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail acknowledge that we are in no way liable for any injuries or accidents that may occur during angling or kayaking in the events. You are entering and fishing at your own risk.  Participants must follow all state, city, regional rules and regulations for both Fishing and Boating.

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