The fifth and final regular-season Elite Kayak Fishing event of 2023 will take place on Sep 9 on beautiful Messalonskee Lake and Great Pond, both part of the Belgrades chain of lakes located in the Belgrades region of Maine.
Messalonskee Lake has a healthy population of largemouth and smallmouth bass, with the latter being the most prominent black bass species. Anglers can expect to catch fish shallow and deep, with weeds, rocks, humps, docks, islands, and many other features bass love scattered across the lake.
Great Pond is another world-class bass fishery, much bigger than Messalonskee, but also known for churning out giant smallmouth and largemouth all year long.
REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT HERE.
Entry Fee: $130.00
Optional Double Down Entry Fee: $120.00
Tournament Format: CPR (catch-photo-release)
Minimum Length: 12.00 inches
Number of Fish: 5-fish limit
The optional Double Down entry fee is a winner-takes-all side pot. The angler with the biggest limit who also doubled down (paid an additional $120) wins the entire pot!
EVENT HQ/CHECK-IN/AWARDS CEREMONY
Location: Snow Pond Center for the Arts in Sidney, ME (click here for directions)
Lodging info will be available soon…
FRIDAY, SEP 8
Pre-fishing Deadline: 4:00 PM
Registration Deadline: 5:00 PM
Mandatory Weed Inspection: 5:00 PM
Captain’s Meeting: 6:00 PM
Identifier Code Release: 8:00 PM
SATURDAY, SEP 9
Earliest Launch: 5:30 AM
Competition Start (Lines In): 6:00 AM
Competition End (Lines Out): 2:00 PM
Photo Upload Deadline: 3:00 PM
Awards Ceremony: 4:15 PM
Changes are coming for the 2023 season. Stay tuned…
Launch from any public-access launch point contiguous with eligible water. Boundaries include the entirety of both lakes, including all tributaries as far as one may paddle/float to the first impassible barrier (i.e. dam, waterfall, etc).
Use this interactive map for event and launch boundaries (works best on a computer, use Ctrl+Mouse Wheel to zoom in/out).
APPROVED MEASURING DEVICE
You may use one of three approved measuring devices, all made by Ketch Products: the original Ketch Board, the Ketch X board, or the Ketch Karbonate board.
Anglers using any other measuring device will have their fish denied.
TOURNAMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
We will be using the Fishing Chaos platform to manage our events. Anglers are required to have an account with them and download the app.
There are two pricing plans available—monthly and annual—or you can opt to pay a small event fee instead.
Our events will also be professionally handled and judged by Reel Tournament Management.
The four-digit identifier code will go live on Fishing Chaos at 8 PM. The code must be written on either an EKF identifier card (download here) or an official KBF identifier card.
Identifier codes written on anything else will result in a denied entry.
All competitors are required to have a valid state fishing license. Purchase one online at this location.
Competitors who place in the top 5 at any regular-season EKF event or finish in the top 50 in the Angler of the Year race during our first five regular-season events qualify for the two-day Championship in October.
Competitors who finish in the top 10% in the overall Angler of the Year race (which includes the championship) and are also Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) members prior to the event will qualify to compete in the KBF National Championship.
ANGLER OF THE YEAR POINTS
Max Points: 600
Click here to see how our points system works.
Payouts equal 100% of net entry fees (gross entry fees less a $15.00 admin fee per angler, which goes toward credit card processing fees, judging fees, permit fees, venue rental costs, trophies, etc.)
For a full rundown of our series and Double Down payout structures, click here.
RESULTS & PRIZE PAYOUT
All announced results are unofficial until after the 24-hour dispute window closes and all disputes have been resolved. EKF will then distribute payments via check to the address provided during event registration.
For a full refund (less credit card processing fees), cancellations must be received no later than the Friday before the event.
EKF is not responsible for any refunds of expenses related to travel or lodging reservations or other payments involving third parties.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us here.