1. All federal, state, and local laws must be adhered to at all times and have precedence over all club tournament rules.

2. All rulings of the Tournament Director and Board members present will be final.

3. Every effort will be made to assure that all members who want to fish have the opportunity to do so. Those that are not present at the meeting of the tournament draw may not be partnered in the event that there are an odd number of entrants. Every effort will be made to solicit guest(s) tomake an even number of boaters and non-boaters. 

4. Entrants must be a Blackhawk Bassmasters member or a guest of a Blackhawk Bassmasters member:

a. A guest of any member of the club is welcome to attend any club event. A guest wishing to fish a club tournament must pay the tournament entry fee (optional big bass fee). The sponsor of the guest is responsible forthe guest’s conduct.

b. At no time will a guest cause a member of the club not to fish a tournament. 

C. A guest may only fish a maximum of 2 tournaments a year. 

5. Artificial baits only (pork baits acceptable).

6. Only one line per entrant in the water at a time.

7. No main motor trolling allowed.

8. Only Largemouth, Smallmouth, or Spotted (Kentucky) Bass, meeting lake minimum or larger, may be entered at the weigh-ins.

9. Competitors may NOT cull any legal size dead fish.

10. Sportsmanship: Competitors in Blackhawk Bassmasters tournaments are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be deemed cause for disqualification.

  • Use of alcohol or drugs (other than those purchased over-the-counter or prescribed by a licensed physician) by any competitor, during the official practice or during the tournament, will not be tolerated and shall be cause for automatic disqualification from this and all future Blackhawk Bassmasters tournaments. No alcoholic beverages, other non prescription stimulants or depressants shall be allowed in the boats during the official practice or competition days, or when in the weigh-in area.
  • Maximum courtesy must be practiced at all times, especially with regard to boating and angling in the vicinity of non-competitors who may be on tournament waters. Any act of a competitor, which reflects unfavorably upon efforts to promote fisheries conservation, clean waters and courtesy, may be reason for disqualification.
  • All competitors are bound by the prevailing statutes and regulations of the various states in which they fish. Competitors are responsible for research of fishing and boating regulations.
  • Chemical substance addiction or abuse, conviction of a felony or other crimes involving moral turpitude, or other conduct reflecting unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules, shall be grounds for rejecting any application for participation and/or for disqualification after circumstances are reviewed by the Tournament Director. Any disqualification, suspension from, or other disciplinary action regarding any tournament or fishing organization, shall be grounds for rejecting any application for participation in a Blackhawk Bassmasters tournament, and/or disqualification from a Blackhawk Bassmasters tournament, after circumstances are reviewed by the Tournament Director.

11. Fishing in an area posted or restricted by the lake authority, or an area designated off-limits by the board, will result in disqualification for that day.

12. Individual creels must be kept and each fish entered must have been caught by the entering contestant. Each contestant must enter their fish in a separate bag at weigh-in.

13. Five(5) fish limit and lake length limit will apply unless told differently by the Tournament Director.

14. No fishing within fifty (50) yards of another Blackhawk Bassmasters Club boat that is anchored or tied off.

15. The Tournament Director with help from appointed members will handle the weigh-in and record the weights. All healthy bass must be returned to the lake.

16. All contestants must wear a life vest when the outboard is running and the kill switch must be attached to the driver’s body.

17. All boats must meet USCG specifications and all boat systems (live-wells, trolling motor, etc.) should be operational and in good working order and not cause a safety concern.

18. All contestants should check in at the designated starting point thirty (30)minutes prior to the designated take-off to receive take-off order and to be advised of any pertinent information involving the tournament (early/late starts, off limits, live-well checks, etc.) (Failure to be at the designated place or time could result in a disqualification.) (People that are late will have to check-in with the Tournament Director within 30 minutes after the official tournament start time. Failure to do so may result in disqualification for that day.)

19. Each boat will be assigned a starting position and must idle in single file past the member starting the tournament regardless of fishing area. The starter will provide information to participants during the take-off process. In all cases,the participant is responsible for knowing the requirements associated with that tournament.

20. Any member not in attendance when the tournament sign-in is scheduled must contact a board member to sign them up and submit their fees. All fees are non-refundable! Anyone signing up after the pairings begin will do so as anon-boater (The Tournament Director can override this to equalize the teams.)

21. No racing during tournament hours.

22. Competitors must not depart the boat to land fish or make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. Competitors must leave from and return to the official check-in point by boat. Trailering of boats to another location during tournament hours is prohibited, except by direction of tournament officials. Nothing in this rule shall be construed to prevent any competitor from using rest room facilities or seeking shelter during a storm. In such cases one partner may remain with the boat.

23. The paired boater non-boater tournament expectations are:

  • Boaters and non-boaters will equally share the tournament event expenses including tournament fee, fuel expenses for boat and tow vehicle, launch fee, lodging (at a single shared room cost), and any other tournament related expenses. If the boater or non-boater travels to the tournament early (ex. pre-fish) or stays following the tournament event, that member is solely responsible for the non-tournament event expenses (ex. Boat fuel, lodging, launch fees, etc.).
  • Non-boaters will assist their boater to the best of their ability with boat launching and retrieval.  They will also assist other club members at the launch.
  • Non-boaters will assist their boater with routine post tournament boat/trailer cleaning.
  • Boaters and non-boaters shall promote a positive tournament experience by respecting each other’s abilities, equipment, and fishing knowledge.
  • Boaters may, at their discretion allow non-boaters to fish from the front of the boat, operate the boat, and operate the tow vehicle.
  • Boaters shall, to the best of their boat’s ability, provide the non-boater with reasonable room for tackle, rods, and storage for raingear, lunch, etc.  Non-boaters should discuss the available space with their boater prior to the tournament as each boat’s capabilities vary.

24. All contestants must check in at the end of the tournament day at the designated place and time. If late, one pound per minute up to ten (10) minutes late will be deducted from the total weight of the fish caught that day. Any participant over ten (10) minutes late will be disqualified for that day. Except in the case of an emergency, any contestant choosing to leave early during a tournament day will result in loss of all tournament points (weight, place, and participation).

25. If a team member does not fish the entire tournament of whatever reason, payouts will be based on a complete team payout. No refunds will be given to the team member that was unable to fish the entire tournament.

26. Published payouts are for teams, not individuals. If a single man team occurs for any reason, all teams with two anglers must select their 5 best fish for team totals. Individual weights will apply for individual standings.

27. If two boaters are partnered together, the boater that was at the pre-tournament meeting has the right of first-refusal to use his boat. If both boaters were at the pre-tournament meeting, then a coin toss will be used. Anyone (boater or non-boater) refusing to fish with their partner will be disqualified.

28. Weigh-in will start within twenty (20) minutes after the scheduled end of the tournament at the designated place.

29. All boat owners must have a copy of their boat insurance on file with the Board prior to their using the boat in a club tournament. The insurance limits must meet or exceed the limits set by the IBN and BASS.

30. Lights must be on if the start of the tournament is before official sunrise.

31. If a tournament is canceled everyone who signed up will receive ten (10) points. A participant may receive their money back and forfeit their points.

32. If caught cheating, person or persons will lose all rights to the club, lose all fees, and must return all club property.

33. If any member causes the club to be fined then that member must pay the fine.


a. Tournamentpoints will be comprised of weight points, place points, and participation points.

b. Tournamentparticipants will be ranked by the pounds and ounces of fish caught with no distinction regarding boater or non-boater. Participants will receive one point for every ounce of fish weighed, with all participants receiving ten (10)points for fishing the tournament

c. Place points will be as follows: fifteen (15) for 1st Place, ten (10) for2nd Place, and five (5) for 3rd Place. Ties will be handled as follows: the points and the money for the two places that are tied will be added together and then divided evenly. Plates will be issued for the highest place tied to those tied.

Inthe case that no fish are caught by anyone in a tournament, the place money will be either refunded or credited (toward the next tournament) equally to allt hat participated in the tournament. Participation points will be given to all.Place points will be credited equally to all participants. No fractional points will be awarded.

d. Twenty-five(25) points for each Club meeting attended.

e. Twenty-five(25)points for each National PVA (BASS Affiliated) participated in.

f. Twenty-five(25) points for each Club Youth Program participated in.

g. Twenty-five(25) points for each Club Conservation Program participated in.

h. Twenty-five(25) points for each Club fundraiser participated in.

i. Competitors that present a bass for weigh-in that fail to measure the prescribed length of a legal fish in the tournament waters will be penalized at the rate of one (1)pound for each non-legal bass presented from the total score of the competitor after throwing out the illegal bass..

j. For each legal dead bass presented at weigh-in, the competitor shall be penalized the following amounts on that day's weigh-in only:

· 1 Dead Fish - 8 Oz. (.50 lb)

· 2 Dead Fish - 1 lb.

· 3 Dead Fish - 1 lb. 8 Oz. (1.50 lb)

· 4 Dead Fish - 2 lb.

· 5 Dead Fish - 2 lb. 8 Oz. (2.50 lb)

The resulting weight will be counted for all SCORING; TOURNAMENT, BIG BASS, etc.

35. There will be no Pre-fishing from 1:00 AM the Monday immediately before the first official Pre-fishing day until official sun rise on the first Pre-fishing day.

36. All "questionable" fish WILL be checked/bumped for proper length.

37. There is a cap of 200 points per year for Meeting points

38. The Angler of the Year award shall be presented to the angler who finishes in the First Place “overall” position in the yearly standings. The yearly standings will be calculated using the points from 9 of the 11 tournaments (even in case of a tie). Big Bass is not effected by the elimination of a given tournament from the AOY calculation. 

The award for this accomplishment will be presented at an annual Club awards ceremony, whichever is selected by the membership. In case of a tie, the winner will be decided by the most Weight points, then Place points, then Meeting points, then Program points, then coin toss.