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Alhonna Buddy Bass Fishing Tournament

October 26-27, 2024

Twice a year, Alhonna Resort is host to an “open buddy bass” tournament. The Early Bird Tournament, held the last full weekend in March, offers a great way to start a new fishing season at Lake of the Ozarks and often occurs during the bass’s natural spawning period. Six and seven pound fish are not uncommon in this early spring tournament. 

The Fall Classic, held the last Saturday and Sunday in October, gives anglers the chance to enjoy brilliant autumn colors and fantastic fall fishing at our great Lake. Both tournaments include a separate Big Bass pot. 

Payback of tournament fees is always 100%

Take Off

7:00 am on Saturday and Sunday

Weigh In

4:00 pm on Saturday
2:00 pm on Sunday

The cash prizes are given out following the weigh-in on Sunday. Guest rooms are available at Alhonna Resort and each room includes one covered boat slip with electric and ramp fees for the first boat. Additional boats are $10.00 per night. Ramp, overnight slip and trailer parking fees are not included for tournament participants not staying at Alhonna Resort.

Tournament registration fees include complimentary pre-take off breakfast and coffee at the Blue Cat Lounge at 6:00AM on Saturday and Sunday mornings for all participants.

$110 Entry Fee per Boat

Includes Big Bass Pot

  • Take Off and Weigh-In at the Alhonna Resort 8 Mile Marker
  • Awards Presentation: Sunday at Alhonna Resort Immediately After 2:00 PM Weigh-In

Prize Award for Big Bass**
(100% payback)*

*credit card and late fees not included in the prize awards
**Teams may place only one (1) time for the Big Bass Award

Two Ways To Register

Print & Mail In Your Registration Form Below

Register Now via Credit Card

($5 credit card fee applies)

Boater Information
First Name *
Last Name *
Address *
Address 2
City *
State *
Zip *
Phone *
Email *
Are you bringing a buddy? *
Buddy's Information
First Name
Last Name
Address Line 2
Zip Code
Credit Card Surcharge *
Terms & Conditions *

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Buddy Bass Tournament Rules

  1. RULES: The following rules for the tournament will be used. These rules will be interpreted solely by the tournament officials and the decisions are final.
  2. ELIGIBILITY: All individuals who have paid the appropriate entry fee. Anglers under the age 16 may compete as a non-boater if accompanied by a boater who must be their legal guardian.
  3. ENTRY FEE: $110.00 per boat. Entries will be accepted until take-off time. There will be a $20.00 late fee for any team that registers anytime after 10PM on the Friday night before the tournament. Entry fees may be paid by credit card, cash or check (checks not accepted less than 10 days prior to the tournament).  Credit cards payments will be charged a $3.30 fee.  Note:  boat numbers will not be issued until payment and a signed entry form are received in the office.  Maximum of 2 persons per boat. 
  4. TOURNAMENT TAKE OFF/WEIGH IN: Take off and weigh in at Alhonna Resort at the 8 mile marker of the Lake.   Saturday take off at 7:00 AM, weigh in begins at 4:00 PM.  Sunday take off at 7:00 AM, weigh in begins at 2:00 PM.  Take off may be delayed until safe light and/or safe conditions as determined by the tournament director.  If the tournament has more than 60 boats registered, take off will be done in flights.  10 minutes will be allotted to each flight.   Weigh in times for flights will be staggered by 10 minutes.  All fish must be caught during tournament hours.  Boat position will be determined by the sequence in which entry fees are received. 
  5. TACKLE & EQUIPMENT: Only artificial bait or lures may be used. No trolling, all bass must be caught on rod and reel during tournament hours. Pork style baits are allowed.
  6. BOATS & MOTORS: Any motorized boat 14 feet or longer is acceptable. Boats may not be trailered during tournament hours.
  7. SAFETY & SPORTMANSHIP: Safe boating and fishing practices must be observed. Life jackets must be worn when boat is on Working kill switches are required and must be worn. All Missouri Department of Conservation and Missouri Water Patrol regulations apply.
  8. PERMITTED FISHING   LOCATIONS:   Anywhere on the tournament lake, except; 1) within 50 yards of another boat; 2) inside the buoys of any public launch area and 3) within the tournament take off cove.  No Fishing off docks.
  9. SCORING: Largemouth, Kentucky and Smallmouth Bass, 15″ or more in length, will be counted. Total stringer weight per team will determine place. Any short bass or dead fish presented for weigh in will cause 2 lbs. to be subtracted from total weight and loss of the short or dead Five (5) fish per team may be weighed each day.
  10. PROTESTS: Protest must be filed within 15 minutes after weigh in.
  11. TIES: Ties for total weight and biggest bass will be broken by earliest starting position of entry.
  12. LATE CHECK IN PENALTY: 1 lb. per minute up to 10 minutes, then disqualification. NO EXCUSES. For safety reasons, ALL PARTICIPANTS, even those with no fish, MUST CHECK IN each afternoon.
  13. TOURNAMENT CANCELLATION: If the tournament is completely canceled due to reasons of safety, etc. the entry fees will be No refunds will be made for any other reasons – in case the tournament is partially delayed or shortened for safety reasons the decisions of the tournament officials will be final.