2018 Shasta Bass Kayak Classic

Saturday, March 10, 2018 to Sunday, March 11, 2018


1. Registration and Entry Fee:

All participants must completely fill out the official registration form available at https://ianglertournament.com/2018-shasta-bass-kayak-classic. Registration before March 9, 2018 will be $100. Registration after midnight March 8 until 6:00 pm March 9 will be $125, credit card only, must register online to create iAngler account. All net income from this tournament will be donated to Heroes On The Water Shasta CA Chapter.

2. Format:

Anglers will be participating in a two day event using CPR (catch, photo, release) format. Anglers will turn in pictures of their best 3 Black Bass (Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted) each day. Anglers must be using an approved Hawg Trough measuring device. A limited number of Hawg Troughs will be available for purchase at the Captains Meeting. If your Hawg trough is broken or damaged the judges have the right to disqualify all catch photos taken where damaged Hawg Trough is apparent in photo. At check in each morning before start of tournament anglers must present their Hawg Trough's for inspection/measuring and pick up their identifier/token. There will be a time change on March 11, we anticipate that start time Sunday will be one hour later then Saturday.

3. Vessel:

Anglers must be fishing from a non-motorized vessel. Kayak, Canoe, and SUP are the only permitted watercrafts in this event. Only one person per vessel.

4. Launch and access:

At this time Anglers are ONLY allowed to launch at Bridge Bay Resort where check in will also be. If we receive approval from US Forest Service and the number of participants is too large to all launch at Bridge Bay Resort we let anglers know which other launch sites are available but you still MUST RETURN TO BRIDGE BAY BY CHECK-IN TIME FOR CATCHES TO BE QUALIFIED. Anglers must have a valid California fishing license. Any area marked off-limits is to be honored. Any angler caught launching or fishing in an off-limits area will be disqualified. Anglers are responsible for paying their launch fee(s).

5. Catch:

a. All fish must be taken with a fishing rod, line and hook on the day of the tournament. No other methods are permitted.
b. Artificial lures and flies only.
c. Fish must be hooked in the mouth. Fowl hooked Fish are ineligible.
d. No live bait.
e. Only 1 rod may be used at a time.
f. Trolling is NOT permitted. Drift fishing is permitted, anglers must cast at least once every 50-75 yards when drifting with wind and/or current.
g. Any angler caught violating these rules will be disqualified.
h. The use of Umbrella Rigs, Scents, Gulp, and Pork Trailers IS permitted.
i. Largemouth, Smallmouth and spotted Bass measuring at least 12 inches.

6. Token:

Anglers will be given a Token for each day of the tournament. This token is very important to the angler as it must be in the picture of your fish for the fish to count. This token is also how you check-in on time at the end of each day. An angler is responsible for this token from the moment it is assigned to them until they check in for the day. No replacement tokens will be available.

7. Photo:

All fish must be photographed on an approved Hawg Trough measuring device. You are allowed to use a camera phone or digital camera for the picture.
a. Fish must be lying flat, facing left to right, with mouth closed in a natural resting position centered against the vertical portion of the Trough. The fish must appear in a natural state. Any manipulation of the fish will result in a penalty. The tail will be measured as it lies.
b. Only the anglers’ hand can hold the fish down on the board. Use of bands, grips, stringers, etc… Will result in a disqualification of that fish.
c. Photo must be taken on the angler’s kayak with the Token and eye of fish clearly visible in every picture for it to count.
d. Anglers are responsible for having pictures clear and visible for the judge’s view. Multiple shots of a fish for clarity are acceptable and “hero” shots are encouraged. The judge and Tournament Director have official say on a fish’s length.
e. Anglers should be prepared with SD card or cord to plug into a computer with whichever allowed camera device they are using. Expect to unlock cell phones that are used and to relinquish cell phones or cameras requiring cords for download until judging is completed. Pictures of submitted fish should not be deleted off of the device until the tournament has concluded.

8. Judging:

The judge will round down to the closest .25” from where the tail lies. Judges have full discretion on open mouth and where the tail lies. If there is a questionable photo, judges can ask tournament director to make final ruling. Once 3 fish are judged and submitted, an anglers’ day total is final.

9. Ties:

Any ties in total inches will be broken by single longest fish. In the case that single longest fish are tied then the second single longest fish will be used and so on. In the case that all three fish are identical length, then the earliest check-in time of the day will break the tie.

10. Safety:

All anglers are to follow the laws specifically stated by the local Department of Fish and Wildlife. Each angler must have a valid fishing license for the days they will be on water. All participants must wear their life vest through the duration of the competition.

11. Ethics:

Anglers are to use sportsmanship on and off the water. Be respectful of other participants that are launching or fishing in similar areas to you. Anglers are expected to follow all the rules. Each angler can be subjected to a lie detector test to validate honest participation. Anyone caught cheating could receive punishment by law and receive lifetime bans from other kayak fishing events and tournaments. Any anglers who cuss at, yell at, threaten or show any other type of disrespect to director, judges, volunteers, other participants, venue hosts, sponsors or any other guests will be disqualified and asked to leave premises immediately.

12. Penalties:

a. Open Mouth on fish; .5” deduction penalty.
b. Unnatural manipulation of the fish; .5” deduction penalty
c. Any device, other than the hand, holding a fish to the trough; fish will be disqualified
d. Token and/ or boat missing in photo; fish will be disqualified.

13. Disqualifications:

a. Angler does not turn in their token by 3pm their catch that day will be 0.
b. Anglers Violating the Catch Rules.
c. Any fish on a stringer or restrained to Hawg trough by any other means than competitors hand.

14. Formal complaints:

Any participant wishing to file a formal complaint against a competitor must do so in writing previous to the conclusion of check-in at each day. This complaint must be turned in, in writing, specifically explaining the violation and by whom; it must be signed and turned into the Tournament Director with a $100 deposit.


All protest must be presented in writing with-in 30 minutes after participant weighs in. The tournament director is the final authority in all considerations.


Tournament is open to anyone 16 years old or older. Minors, (16 and 17 olds) are eligible to participate with a parent or adult legal guardian signature on the release form and the parent or adult legal guardian who signs must participate in the tournament. All participants must comply with USCG, California Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations, U.S Forest Service (Shasta Lake is part of Shasta-Trinity National Forest) regulations, plus any other local state and federal regulations that may apply and tournament rules. Parent and/or legal guardian must ensure minors follow all regulations and rules.


A waiver, release of liability and covenant not to sue are part of the entry form. This form must be signed to participate in the tournament. It is required that all anglers take responsibility for themselves while participating in the tournament.

17. RULE CHANGES: These rules are subject to change at any time before start of event. Participants will be notified of any changes as soon as possible before the morning launch. Rule interpretation is exclusively left to the tournament director. The decisions of the tournament director are final and not subject to appeal.


a. The winner of the 2018 Lake Shasta Bass Open is invited to participate in the Hobie Fishing Worlds 8. If the winner cannot attend, the next place finisher will receive that opportunity and so on. A predetermined portion of the tournament pot will go to the angler that is able to attend the Hobie Fishing Worlds 8.
b. For the adult division; number of prizes will be based on the amount of participants and number of sponsors who donate. First prize will be a kayak.
c. Prizes won or received at the event are final. There is no official trading or switching of items won.


Q: Can you recommend good accommodations?

Bridge Bay Resort – location of check-in has a 40 room hotel, reservations required, ask for tournament participant discount.
Campgrounds/RV Parks – there are several around Lake Shasta and in near-by Redding.
Other Hotels – most major motel chains - Redding

Q: Do I need a fishing license?

A: Yes, you will need a fishing license for the state you will be fishing in. The lake is in California. Your license need will depend on the area you plan to fish.

Q: Do I have to fish from a Hobie to win?

A: No, you may fish from the kayak of your choice.

Q: Can I fish from a 2 person kayak?

A: Yes, but only one person per boat.

Q: Can two people fish from the same boat?

A: No.

Q: Can I use a trolling motor?

A: No, pedal or paddle only.

Q: Can I register on-site?

A: Yes, credit card only between 4pm and 6pm on Friday March 24

Q: Am I going to enjoy the event?

A: Yes, bring your happy face.

Q: Is trolling allowed?

A: No trolling, drift fishing is allowed, must cast at least once every 50-75 yards when drift fishing, judges will have final say on any questions regarding trolling/drift fishing.

Q: Is live bait allowed?

A: No, artificial only.

Q: Can I fish from the bank?

A: No, all fish must be caught from the kayak.

Q: Is wade fishing allowed?

A: No.

Q: Do I pinch the tail for measurement?

A: No natural lay. Do not manipulate the fish.

Q: Can two people share one camera?

A: No.

Q: What if I win and cannot make it to the “Worlds”?

A: If the first place angler cannot fulfill the invite, then the second place angler will receive the offer and trip. If the second place angler is unable to make the event then the invite and trip goes to the third place angler. The winner of the competition can decide at awards ceremony if the want the kayak or invitation to Hobie Fishing Worlds. If first place finisher chooses the kayak the invitation will go to 2nd place finisher, we will offer invitation no lower then 4th place finisher, if 1st, 2nd and 3rd do not take invitation.