WTKF Rules

Important Rule Changes for 2020

        • The Ketch Board measuring device is approved for use in WTFK Events, in addition to the Hawg Trough.
        • Hawg Trough Reinforcement -If you are utilizing the Hawg Trough measuring device, it is recommended to reinforce the device with dowel rods inserted into the slots on the back of the board, or mount the board to a piece of 1×4 wood to insure rigidity. Reinforced boards will NOT be subject to the “propping” scrutiny defined below.
          • Propping – If you are required to “prop” up one end of your measuring device due to the size of your kayak, the bump/head end of the board should not be “propped“. All photo’s of “propped” fish shall be scored at the judges discretion.
        • Blue Sky Boatworks 360 Angler is an approved water-craft for WTKF.

Entry Fees/Payouts

Entry Fees

    • Each tournament will have a $40 entry fee that has to be paid through the iAngler App(available for both iPhone and Android) or you can use a web browser). This is 100% non refundable. Please make sure you can attend before signing up. Registration will close the night before the tournament starts.
    • Big Bass – $10 payable during registration on morning of tournament. Whoever catches the largest bass takes the cash.


Payouts for each event will be based on the number of anglers that participate and can be changed at any time by tournament director. Please see the payout structure here. 

Payouts if nobody catches a fish.

  • All anglers that show up to weigh ins will be able to roll their entry fee into another tournament (minus the iAngler fees). No “refund” will be given. 

Payouts if only one person catches a fish.

  • The Angler that catches the fish gets entire pot for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th place.

Payouts if only two Anglers catch fish.

  • 1st place gets the 1st place pot. 2nd gets the 2nd place spot. 3rd, 4th and 5th place pot is split 50/50 between 1st and 2nd place. 


  • If 2 positions are in a tie then the tiebreaker will be biggest fish. If all of their fish are identical in length then the pots are added together and split. For example if the tie is for 2nd and 3rd the two pots will be added together and split equally.

General Rules

    • Life Jacket must be worn at all times during tournaments. Zero exceptions. 
    • You will be given an identifier at the captain’s meeting that will be required to be in ALL of your photo submissions. That identifier can be written on your hand or on a piece of paper. Whatever you prefer.
    • All Anglers must agree and sign Liability Waiver prior to event (in iAngler app).
    • Attendance of the Captain’s meeting is required. If you can not make it get with the Tournament Director to work something out.
    • All anglers will launch at the same time unless otherwise noted for Road Runner events.
  • Texas Fishing License Required at all events. Get one here.

360 Light Requirements

  • A coast guard approved 360 light is required when launching before sun-up, if you do not have one you can still fish the event, but you will not be able to launch until the tournament director deems it safe.

Approved Watercraft and propulsion requirements

If you have a question about if your watercraft is a legal vessel please see the FAQ’s and if you still have any doubt contact the Tournament Director before the day of the tournament.

  • Electric powered trolling motors ARE allowed. However you can not use them to troll with lure in the water. 
  • NO GAS Propulsion engines/motors.


    • Artificial lures/baits only. NO LIVE OR DEAD BAIT ALLOWED.
    • Two rods allowed in use at any given time (unless trolling)
    • Rod and Reel and Fly fishing is the only acceptable ways to land fish.
    • No trot-lines or jugs.
    • No down-riggers allowed, but trolling is permitted by human power only. Only one rod is allowed at a time if trolling.

Practice and Lake Off Limits

No guide services 30 days prior to tournament date. You may not pay for guide services on the lake 1 month prior to the tournament day.

Inclement weather policy

  • Tournament director has the right to postpone or cancel the event due to inclement weather or inclement weather forecasted for tournament day.
  • Should the tournament director decide the weather is not safe the day of tournament it will be rescheduled for the Sunday immediately after the scheduled tournament date. Weather permitting.

Catch Photo Release (CPR) Requirements

You must submit all fish via the iAngler App. See how to here.

We will have help at weigh ins if you are having issues with cell phone service and/or issues with the app. If you are going to need assistance please make plans to be at weigh ins early.

  • GoPro Cameras are not allowed as photo capturing devices for the purposes of submitting fish.

Catch Photo Release photo requirements

    • Fishes head must be to the left and belly down. Entire fish must be in the photo. If the tail is not in the photo the fish will not be scored.
    • This is an open or closed mouth tournament series. Make sure the lip of the fish is clearly touching the board. 
    • Overhead photos only. Photos taken at angles will not be scored or penalized accordingly per the tournament directors discretion.
    • Measurement marking must be clearly visible. Please take the time to mark your Hawg Trough with a sharpie at each 1/4 inch interval. 
    • Identifier given at Captains Meeting must be identifiable in every photo.
    • No fingers, hands (or any objects) can be under the fish’s gill plate.
    • Do not cover any part of the fish past the 2nd Dorsal Fin (Soft-Ray Dorsal) towards Caudal Fin (Tail Fin)
  • No clips or fish grips can be in the fishes mouth while picture is taken. Fish will not be scored if the pic includes a fish with clip or fish grips in the fishes mouth in the picture.

Fish Species Allowed

  • Largemouth Bass
  • Spotted Bass
  • Smallmouth Bass

Other CPR requirements

  • Fish can not be on stringers. You can leave hook in mouth during picture as long as it does not interfere with picture of fishes lip touching the inches marker on board.
    • Fish can be kept however deemed necessary if you think it is a ShareLunker of over 13 pounds and you plan on taking it to the TPWD. See details here for ShareLunker


  • Fish must be a minimum of 12 inches.
  • Each angler’s 5 longest scorable fish will be added together for your final score (minus any deductions)
  • Inches will be used and rounded down to the nearest ¼ inch
  • Angler with the most total inches will be declared winner. Second total inches will be second and so on. See rules for tiebreakers above.

Rules Violations

Any rules violations being reported must be reported to the Tournament Director before the weigh ins begin. This is to prevent somebody from accusing somebody of a violation just because they won. If you see a violation of a rule take a pic as evidence and notify the Tournament Director as soon as your cell phone service allows you to.

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