Lawrence County Bass Club

Official Rules and Regulations


  1. All interpretations and final decision to be made by President and the Board of Directors.
  2. All contestants must pay entry fee and have their live wells checked. Starting times will not be delayed due to late arrivals. All late arrivals MUST find a club official, pay entry fee, and have live wells checked before fishing.
  3. All boats should be on the water and ready to start at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled tournament start time.
  4. Sportsmanship, courtesy, safety, and conservation is expected from each member. All alcoholic beverages are prohibited during tournament hours.
  5. The Lawrence County Bass Club will not be held responsible for any loss of, or damage to, property as a result in participating in a club tournament or club function.
  6. Only casting, fly, spinning, or spin cast rods and reels may be used. Only one rod and reel may be used at any one time; trolling is not permitted. Artificial lures and/or pork baits only.
  7. Fishing is permitted any place on the tournament water according to federal, state, local, and lake rules. Fishing is not permitted within 20 yards of another contestants anchored boat. Contestants cannot leave the boat to land a fish. All fishing must be done from a boat.
  8. Locking through to another pool is NOT permitted.
  9. All boats must be a minimum of 16 feet in length and have a working live well capable of holding a tournament limit of fish.
  10. Three (3) paid members may fish from the same boat. However, cull tags must be used to identify each member’s fish.
  11. Tournament winners will be decided by the total weight of legal fish minus penalties. Only largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted (Kentucky) bass will be weighed. Length of fish will be determined by each lake’s limit. Where allowed, 12 inch spotted bass will be legal. Penalties will be 1 pound for a short fish (fish not meeting the minimum length requirement for the body of water) and 8 ounces for each dead fish. A courtesy check will be permitted.
  12. A contestant with the heaviest bass weighed, minus penalties pertaining to that fish, will decide the big bass winner.
  13. All ties will be handled in the following manner: First by the largest weight of a single fish from the contestants in question and secondly by flip of a coin.
  14. A tournament limit is five (5) fish per member unless the lake limit is different.
  15. All fish must be kept separate or cull tags must be used to separate each member’s fish. All fish must be brought to the scales in separate bags or have cull tags attached.
  16. All club members under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian’s permission to participate in the club. Any youth, female, or member with a physical condition, that qualifies for the classic, has the right to fish with the person or persons they fished with throughout the year or a volunteer.
  17. The tournament directors, before each tournament, will set a “safe zone.” It shall be the responsibility of each boater to have his partner at the departure dock on time for check out (at least 15 minutes prior to start time). A contestant must not allow any fish caught by him/her to be counted on the score of another contestant. In such case, both contestants will be dismissed from the club. Members may fish alone if they chose to but should be prepared to launch and retrieve their boat on their own. No late fish will be weighed. All contestants must be in “safe zone” by set time or they will be disqualified.
  18. Tournament entry fee is $20.00 per person which is divided at each tournament in the following way

$5.00 to the club

$5.00 to first place

$3.00 to second place

$2.00 to third place

$5.00 to big bass


Sponsor money will be paid, if available, divided at follows:


Half Tournament                           Full Tournament

   $20.00 to first                               $40.00 to first

   $15.00 to second                               $30.00 to second

   $10.00 to third                               $20.00 to third


  1. Club dues shall be $25.00 per member per year. Anyone who attains the age of 60 years of age before January 1st of the tournament year will not be required to pay club dues. Provided that they were a paid member the year before.
  2. All protests and discrepancies must be dealt with and resolved at the tournament site on the day of the tournament. All matters must be handled respectfully and discreetly.
  3. The “Classic” tournament will consist of the top Nineteen (19) in the points standings of available, qualified club members, and the previous year club points champion.
  4. All tournament waters are off limits twelve (12) hours prior to the start of any tournament.
  5. Points will be awarded for the top fifty (50) individuals total weight per tournament in the following manner:
  • 50 points for first place
  • 49 points for second place
  • 48 points for third place and so on down to 50th place
  • 10 points will be awarded per tournament per angler (show up points)
  • 1 point per pound of fish weighed is awarded to each contestant bringing fish to the scales per tournament
  1. A trophy, jacket, and an automatic entry into next year’s classic will be awarded to the overall points champion. Said winner must attend seven (7) club functions to remain eligible for honorary classic entry. A trophy will be also awarded to 2nd and third place finishers. In order to be eligible for all year end awards, a member must attend at least seven (7) club functions for the year. Functions being the January, February, March club meetings, the ten regular club tournaments, or the club charity events. The charity events include the wheeling sportsman event, the kids fishing derby which are both held at lake Vesuvius, and the Ironton Memorial Day Parade.
  2. It is the responsibility of every member to try to establish a tournament sponsor for the year.
  3. A member must attend a function in order to get credit for that function. Attending means to show up, pay entry fee, and/or participate in the function.
  4. All persons in a boat participating in a tournament must be members. The only exception is the husband and wife tournament, in which, only one person must be a member.
  5. No one under the age of 16 years of age will be allowed to participate in the classic.
  6. All fish must be brought to the scales in one of the club’s weigh-in bags. Weigh-in order will be determined by contestant’s boat number drawn for the tournament.
  7. Definition of an anchored boat is – Anchored out, tied to boat, trolling motor out of the water, tied off to stationary object with trolling motor out of the water, or power pole/talons down with trolling motor out of the water.


Revised February 2017