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The Bass Federation, Inc. (TBF) is the oldest and largest organized grassroots Fishing, Youth and Conservation organization there is!

TBF is “Owned By Those We Serve And Dedicated To The Sport Of Fishing.”  



Who can I contact for questions?

General questions? Email us by clicking here or call us at 580.765.9031 Mon-Fri from 8am-5pm CST.  State issue?  Contact your state President, here’s a President Contact List by state!

How can I join or start a TBF club?

Find 5 friends and start your own TBF club!

To learn how to start a new TBF club or to get your existing bass club affiliated with TBF see our ‘Members’ page its easy!

Or to join a TBF club in your state, email your State Federation to find the closest club contact.

I am a young angler do you have anything for me?

TBF has programs for junior, high school and college students!

Join or start a TBF Student Anglers Club with local your school or as a “after school” club, even home schooled anglers can get in on the action. SAF/FLW yearly membership is just $25 & free entry in SAF events!

For college level anglers, we have the Cabela’s Collegiate Association of Collegiate Anglers start a college fishing activity club at your college and start fishing!  Membership for a joint TBF/FLW club is just $45!

There is something for everyone. For details check out our Youth Pages.

TBF is also home to the Future Fisherman Foundation (F3) a 501(c) 3 foundation that conducts the Hooked On Fishing, Not On Drugs program, Tackle For Educators Program and a variety of other fishing education curriculum and programs at the elementary and middle school levels. F3 programming is in over 1,000 schools in the US.

I’m concerned about common sense conservation or our natural resources and having access to them in the future. How can I get involved?

Conservation is a core principal of The Bass Federation. Each state Federation has a conservation program as does TBF National. We would welcome any and all help as there is power in numbers. Each year grants and support is awarded be used at the local level. Our grassroots membership is a powerful lobby for bills and laws that support recreational fishing and sensible management of our natural resources. TBF is not a left wing group of radical environmentalists. We recognize that sensible and practical conservation is our future and many different needs have to be balanced. Go to our conservation section and see our latest conservation projects.

Do you have to be in a TBF club to be a TBF member?

Yes and no. Anyone can be a TBF Member. However, you must be a member of the state TBF organization (State Federation) to be able to fish the state events. There is a myriad of benefits to being a State federation member and being a part of that grassroots level. We highly encourage you to join through an affiliated club.  To find a TBF club near you to join, email your state Federation. To learn how to start your own 6 person club, visit the Join page.

What do I get for being a TBF member?

As we like to say……“It Pays To Belong To TBF.”  Throughout each year there are a number of offers and promotions that any member can take advantage of and save more money than their entire membership dues cost them for the year, essentially making your membership “free”!

It changes often so stay informed by signing up for our weekly Enews letter! Click here to see our list of TBF member benefits.

Are there opportunities to advance to big tournaments or even fish professionally?

TBF members qualify through their club events and State Federations to fish a “Local” TBF National Semi Final.  From there, each state advances one boater and coangler to the TBF Federation National Championship.

FNC anglers will compete for 15 berths in two of the sport’s most coveted events – the Forrest Wood Cup and the BFL All-American. The top boater and co-angler from each of the seven TBF divisions will advance to the BFL All-American. The TBF Federation National Champion boater will also advance to the world championship of bass fishing, the Forrest Wood Cup, for a shot at winning the biggest payday in bass fishing.

The winning boater also will receive the $120,000 “Living the Dream” prize package to include a prize check, fully paid entry fees on the FLW Tour as a Pro, travel expense stipends for each event and use of a “Living the Dream” wrapped Ranger boat for the year. The top co-angler will ALSO receive a$30,000 prize package including fully paid entry fees into the FLW Series division of choice.

All of this for a national average cost of only $400 a year in TOTAL dues and entry fees to fish you way all the way to the Forrest Wood Cup!

Is The Bass Federation (TBF) owned by FLW?

No, TBF is proudly partnered with FLW. TBF and FLW are “Partners In Fishing.” TBF is 100% member owned through the State Federations.

Do you have to be an FLW member to be a TBF member?

Yes and the benefits are huge! Currently FLW membership is $50 a year and TBF adult membership
is $50 a year, but IT INCLUDES A FULL FLW COMPETITOR MEMBERSHIP; it pays to belong to TBF and FLW!
It’s one stop shopping! ALL TBF memberships have FLW membership built in already! FLW is a great partner for TBF and provides many benefits.

IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL TBF members must pay their FLW membership through TBF, (through their home club or state federation). Your full FLW Competitor Membership with TBF includes an FLW magazine subscription, FULL tournament eligibility, priority entry, and FULL member discounts and benefits.