2017 KENTUCKY LAKE OUTDOOR TRAIL RULES & REGULATIONS

1. RULE CHANGES: These rules will remain unchanged for 2017. Decisions of the tournament director are final. Protests must be made in writing within 15 minutes of the announcement that “the scales are officially closed”. Each angler must report to the Tournament Director any violation or infraction of ANY tournament rule. Failure to report rule violations or unsportsmanlike conduct will also be cause for disqualification.

2. PARTICIPATION: The KLOT will have 5, one day events. Entry fee for each event is $120 per team which includes Big Bass. Each team may weigh one Big Bass per event to count towards the Big Fish pot. Participation is open to anyone of any age. Membership fees are $25 per person per calendar year.  You may substitute twice during a year. After that, you must fish by yourself or start a new team. You have until the start of the third tournament to declare a new partner & still retain any previously acquired points. Each Team may purchase no more than one event, towards qualifying for the Classic. The purchased event MUST be paid for, before the start of the last regular season qualifying event.

3. REGISTRATION: Take-off will be in order of entries received. Entries may be sent in beginning January 1st. Registration on morning of event will begin 2 hours before safe light. Both members MUST completely fill out & sign an entry form for every event.   Your entry fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.

4. PRACTICE & OFF LIMITS: During regular season events, there are no official practice days or off limits periods. For the KLOT Classic, off limits begins at 12:01 am, the Monday before the Classic & continues for three days, through Wednesday night midnight, for the Classic body of water. Official practice will be on Thursday before the event on Friday.  Competition days for the Classic will be Friday & Saturday, at their respective location on KY Lake. The no information rule applies to all qualified teams beginning at 12:01 am Monday, before the Classic, through the conclusion of the KLOT Classic. During the off-limits, competitors may not receive any fishing, lake, location or other information from any non-competitor.  During the off limits, there will be no hiring of any guides & no bartering or buying of any fishing locations. These questions will be asked on the Classic polygraph test.

5. SAFETY: Safe boating must be observed at all times. Each contestant is required to wear a fastened, U.S. Coast Guard approved, P.F.D. anytime the boat is up on “plane” from the morning launching of the boat until loading the boat after the event. At the discretion of the tournament director tournament days may be shortened, postponed or canceled due to unsafe weather or water conditions.   In the event of an emergency, contestants should call 911 immediately & then notify the tournament director.

6. SPORTSMANSHIP: All contestants are required to follow & maintain high standards of conservation, courtesy & sportsmanship. Consumption of alcohol during the tournament or before the weighing of your fish is not allowed. Use or possession of drugs during any event will be grounds for disqualification. Fighting, disorderly conduct, poor sportsmanship, suspension or disqualification from any other tournament event, or failing to comply with the Professional Team Trail Rules will not be tolerated. Sportsmens Digest shall have the right to refuse any application, or to deny a confirmed application, by returning the entry fee of a previously accepted application, or to disqualify a contestant.

7. BOAT OPERATION: During tournament hours contestants may not obtain or receive assistance from non-competitors, follow a non-competitor's boat or participate in the practice of "hole sitting" or the placing of markers by anyone. The use of mobile communication devices, including, but not limited to CBs, marine radios, cell phones, two way radios, etc., during tournament hours is strictly prohibited except in an emergency (severe weather, etc.). All boats must be equipped with some type of “ignition shut off device” & it must be attached to the boat driver’s body anytime the boat is up on “plane”.

8. BOAT & HORSEPOWER REGULATIONS: Boats must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment & must be 16’ or more in length & have a functional bilge pump. All boats must have adequate livewell space & aerators to maintain a limit of fish alive. Maximum horsepower for all outboards used in tournament competition will be 250 HP. Horsepower can not exceed the limitation capacity set forth on the "Maximum Capacities" placard.

9. PERMITTED FISHING METHODS: Only artificial lures may be used, with the exception of pork strips or rinds. Only one rod (8 foot maximum length) & reel may be used at any one time. Baits on two separate rods in the water at the same time is not allowed. All bass must be caught live & in a conventional sporting manner. When visually fishing for bedding bass or a bass bed, to have a bass counted as a legal fish, all bass must be hooked inside the mouth & must be verified by your partner before being unhooked.

10. PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS: Contestants may fish anywhere on tournament waters available to the public and accessible by boat, except areas designated as "off limits" or "no fishing" by local, state, or federal officials or within 50 yards of a competitor's boat that was first anchored (an anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by a line attached to a weight, or a power pole deployed, with the trolling motor in the up position).  Locking is NOT permitted. All angling must be conducted from the boat. At no time may a contestant leave the boat to land a fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. Contestants must leave and return to the official checkpoint by boat. In the event of equipment failure or an emergency, there will be only two permitted methods of returning to the official check-in: by both partners remaining in their boat and being towed by water, or by one partner entering the boat of another tournament contestant or tournament official with their catch clearly marked. Under these two conditions the contestants' catches may be counted. Mechanical failures do not extend your weigh in time. Contestant’s who elect to return to the official check-in by any other means, will forfeit their day's catch to that point in time.  

11. OFFICIAL CHECKPOINTS: There will be only one official checkpoint for boat inspection in the morning. Failure to go through morning boat inspection or failure to check-in at the check-in point in the afternoon will result in penalties or disqualification. All fishing must cease upon check-in.

12. LATE PENALTY: Contestants who are not at the official check-in area at the appointed time will be penalized 1 pound per minute deducted from the total weight including any weight to be counted toward a big bass award. Any contestant more than 15 minutes late will be disqualified for that day.

13. SCORING: Scoring will be determined by the pounds & ounces of each teams catch. Only spotted, redeye, largemouth & smallmouth bass will be weighed. The limit will be 5 fish & will be measured on a Golden Rule with mouth closed. At no time shall a team possess in their livewell, more than a tournament limit of fish. If a team brings more fish than the limit to the weigh in, the largest fish will be culled first until the prescribed limit is met. CULLING OF DEAD FISH IS NOT ALLOWED. A penalty of 8 ounces will be deducted for each dead fish. If the team’s big fish is dead, 8 ounces will be deducted from the big fish weight. Bass presented for weigh-in that fail to measure the prescribed length limit, will be thrown out, & will be penalized at the rate of 1 pound for each non-legal bass presented. Each teams catch must be in an official KLOT weigh-in bag & verified by their signature.

14. POINT SYSTEM: Points will be awarded as follows: First place receives 150 points, second 149 and so on, down the line until all teams weighing fish, receive points. If a team weighs no fish, then they will recieves 10 less points than the last team weighing fish. A DQ will result in no points and no weight for that day/event.

15. CLASSIC QUALIFIERS: After the conclusion of the 5 events in the KLOT, any team who has participated in 4 of the 5 division events, will be eligible to fish in the Classic. NO substitutes for the Classic. Classic entry fees are $250 per team, which includes Big Bass.  The KLOT Classic will be a two day cumulative weight event. All qualified teams will fish both days.

16. TIEBREAKERS: Ties for events will be broken using the following criteria. If the tie is not broken by applying these procedures, place monies will be split evenly, and place points will be awarded accordingly.

  • Greatest number of fished weighed.
  • Greatest number of live fish weighed.
  • Most weight on current point standings
  • If first event, a flip of a coin will decide tiebreaker

17. POLYGRAPH: Each contestant agrees to submit, by their signature on the official tournament entry form, to a polygraph examination & abide by its conclusion. Failure to take, or failure to pass, the examination will result in disqualification. Polygraphs will be used at KLOT Tournaments at the discretion of the director. 

18. INSURANCE: Liability insurance with a minimum of $100,000 coverage is required on all boats.

19. TAX FORMS: If you receive $600 or more, in your name, for the calendar year, you will receive a 1099 form.