Rules

There are only nine clubs rules and the rest are the club guidelines.


Rules & Guidelines

  1. All members must strictly obey all state and local fish, game, and watercraft laws and regulations. By Michigan law you do not have to wear life jackets while under way, but they must be visible at all times. All minors under the age 6 must wear their life jackets while the main motor is running.
  2. By club rules each team can only have five bass in their live well during any club tournament, anyone having more than five (5) bass could face penalty. All bass must be transported to the weigh-in scales in a bag with adequate water and released after weigh-in.
  3. Bow light will be turned on from sunset till sunrise while the boat is on the water. All running lights are to be on from sunset to sunrise while big motor is running. The tournament director can call for limited running when visibility is in question.
  4. Anyone who (a) offers a fish to another member; (b) asks for a fish from anyone; or (c) accepts a fish from anyone will be disqualified from the tournament and may be expelled from the club.
  5. A 100-foot perimeter must be allowed to all other boaters while fishing, the only exception is you must let someone pass you while fishing creeks and channels.
  6. No trolling, littering, consumption of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs are allowed during tournaments.
  7. Only one pole/line per person may be used at any time during a club tournament, multiple hooked baits and drop shot rigs may be used during club tournaments where allowed by Michigan law.
  8. All members agree to carry Liability Insurance on their boat at all times. Kal-Valley Bass Club will not be responsible and / or liable any for loss or injury.
  9. The tournament directors will make all decisions regarding the interpretation of the rules. All disputes involving scoring shall be settled at the tournament, when possible. The tournament director’s decision shall be final. The tournament director’s timepiece is the official time piece.

Launching and retrieval guidelines

  • One hour before official start times the collection of tournament fees will commence.
  • Forty-five minutes later we will conclude the collection of tournament fees.
  • After your live wells have been checked and your fees have been paid you may head out.
  • No running on the plain till the official start time, unless stated otherwise at the launch.
  • Anyone fishing before the official starting time will be disqualified.
  • Anyone not returning to the launch by the end of the tournament will be disqualified.
  • Anyone fishing before the official starting time will be disqualified.

Call the tournament director as soon as possible if you’re going to be late for any reason.


Scoring

  • All bass will be measured with the bass’s mouth closed.
  • You may do a courtesy bump using the club bump board before weighing in.
  • The dead fish penalty is one-half pound for each dead fish.
    • The short fish penalty is the weight of your big bass.
    • Your big bass must be alive when weighed in to be used as your big bass.

Tiebreakers

  • Big bass will be used to break any ties between two different bags.
  • Total bag weight will be used to break any ties between any two big bass.

Pre-fishing for a tournament

  • No one is allowed to pre-fish the tournament lakes the day before the tournament.
  • The only exception is the classic lake, and only in the afternoon the day before the classic.

Tournament schedule for the 2020 season

  • Saturday trail – May 28 through Sept. 10 with the classic on Sept. 17.
  • Sunday trail – May 29 through Sept. 14 with the classic on Sept. 18.
  • Fall Trail – Sept. 24 through Oct. 29 with the classic on Oct 30.

Tournament times

  • Saturday trail – 6:00 am till Noon.
    • 7:00 am till 1:00 pm after 8/20/22
  • Sunday Trail – 6:00 am till Noon.
    • 7:00 am till 1:00 pm after 8/21/22
  • Fall Trail – 7:00 am till 12:00 pm.
    • Exceptions are Gun, Gull, Pine, and Upper Crooked Lake (7 till 1).

The club has five different trails/divisions

  • Saturday trail – is divided into two divisions & they fish on Saturday mornings.
    • North division – fishes the odd-numbered weekend during the summer.
    • South division – fishes the even-numbered weekend during the summer.
  • Sunday trail – is divided into two divisions & they fish on Sunday mornings.
    • Alpha division – fishes the odd-numbered weekend during the summer.
    • Beta division – fishes the even-numbered weekend during the summer.
  • Fall Trail – will be fishing on both Saturdays and Sunday mornings in the fall.
  • The tournament director must approve of any crossovers between trails.

Team memberships

  • Up to 35 memberships will be sold on each trial.
  • Memberships are done by the team, not by the person.
  • Each team will be given a boat number for the club records.

Club membership cost

  • Saturday trails – $35 for one division and $50 for both divisions.
  • Sunday trail – $35 for one division and $50 for both divisions.
  • Fall Trail – $35 for the season.

Club tournament fees

  • All regularly scheduled club tournaments are set at $40.00 per boat.
  • Classic tournament fees are set at $40 per boat.
  • The tournament director’s boat is exempt from all tournament fees.

Payouts at any regular club tournaments

  • We payout on a one in four scales.
  • Payouts are done in five-dollar increments.
  • For details on the amounts paid out see charts below.
  • Big bass pots are set at one hundred dollars for the 2022 season.

Requirements to fish any of the club’s classics

  • Saturday Trail
    • Teams fishing only one division need to attend 7 out of the 8 tournaments.
    • Teams fishing in both divisions need to attend 9 out of the 16 club tournaments.
  • Sunday trail
    • Teams fishing only one division need to attend 7 out of the 8 tournaments.
    • Teams fishing in both divisions need to attend 9 out of the 16 club tournaments.
  • Fall Trails – teams need to attend 5 out of the 11 club tournaments.

Classic Payouts

  • We payout by the weight for all bass weighed in at the classic.
    • First place gets two hundred dollars plus their bag weight.
    • Second place gets one hundred dollars plus their bag weight.
    • Third place gets fifty dollars plus their total bag weight.
    • All the rest of the teams bring in fish get paid by their bag weight.
  • Big bass at the classics will get two hundred dollars.
  • “Anglers of the Year” in all divisions will get fifty dollars at the classic.

Sponsors

  • Sponsor items are mainly only done on the summer trails.
  • Big bass pot on Saturday’s trail is back by Vetter / McGill.
  • Big bass pot on Sunday’s trail is back by Greg Youtzy Plumbing.
  • The classics big bass potts are back by Greg Youtzy Plumbing.
  • Items awarded to boats not winning money at regulars club tournaments.
    • One $25 gift card from D&R Sports Center.
    • One $10 gift card from Roxie’s.
    • A spool of K9 line for the lowest weight of the day.
    • A sample pack of Woo Tungsten weights.
    • A bag of M. Pierce Lures plastic.
    • A Blitz Lures Popper Phrog.

Payout chart for 2022

1st2nd3rd4th5th6th7th# of BoatsBig BassClub Funds
. . . . .. . . . .. . . . .. . . . .. . . . .. . . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . .
19516513510575502525100125
2101751351006535. .24100120
200165130956535. .23100115
190155125956035. .22100110
185150120905530. .21100105
1901551208550. .. .20100100
1851451158045. .. .1910095
1751401107540. .. .1810090
1651351007040. .. .1710085
1901459550. .. .. .1610080
1801359045. .. .. .1510075
1701258540. .. .. .1410070
1551158040. .. .. .1310065
18012060. .. .. .. .1210060
16511055. .. .. .. .1110055
15010050. .. .. .. .1010050
1359045. .. .. .. .910045
16080. .. .. .. .. .810040
14070. .. .. .. .. .710035
12060. .. .. .. .. .610030
10050. .. .. .. .. .510025
120. .. .. .. .. .. .410020
90. .. .. .. .. .. .310015
60. .. .. .. .. .. .210010
30. .. .. .. .. .. .11005