A Bass Pass ($12.50), required of each angler participating in a black bass tournament between Sept.1 and June 15 allows anglers to keep two fish, to be released after tournament weigh-in, that meet the statewide 15-inch minimum length limit but are under a special length limit for that fishing location.
Individuals or organizations planning to conduct a registered and permitted bass fishing tournament that allows participants to use a bass pass must apply on a form provided by the department. You can find that form HERE. These tournaments may be held from Sept. 1 through June 15 only.
The application process requires organizers to provide tournament scheduling and location information, a copy of written permission from the facility manager authorizing the tournament, and a description of equipment and procedures planned for weigh-in and release of fish. The application describes minimum requirements for weigh-in and fish handling by tournament participants. Boats used by tournament anglers must be equipped with working livewells that contain an electrolyte chemical-water solution. In addition, tournament organizers must report data to the department within 30 days following the conclusion of the tournament. For more information, phone, (620) 342-0658.
The regulation also allows an angler in a registered tournament to cull his or her catch after reaching the daily creel limit, by releasing a small fish and replacing it with a larger one.