Dean Barnhart

Team Extreme Bassmasters

1322 N. Wooster Ave

Dover, OH 44622



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Who can I contact with questions?

The first step would be finding out which region you would want to fish in. Then you can email them directly or use the contact form to send them a message.

How can I join or start and OBF Club?

To learn how to start a new OBF club or to get your existing bass club affiliated with OBF see our Regions page its that easy!  

Do I have to own a boat to join a bass club?

No, over a third of our members do not own a boat. The individual clubs have different procedures for pairing co-anglers with boaters.  If you decide to fish a regional tournament or qualify for the state championship, you will be randomly paired with a boater for that event.

I am a young angler do you have anything for me?

OBF has programs for all ages. If you are a youth interested in joining, check out our Youth Page and one of our directors will be happy to help you out

I’m concerned about common sense conservation or our natural resources and access to them. How can I get involved?

Conservation is a core principal of The Ohio Bass Federation. We would welcome any and all help as there is power in numbers. Each year grants and support is awarded be used at the local level. Our grassroots membership is a powerful lobby for bills and laws that support recreational fishing and sensible management of our natural resources. TBF is not a left wing group of radical environmentalists. We recognize that sensible and practical conservation is our future and many different needs have to be balanced. Go to our conservation section and see our latest conservation projects.

Do you have to be in a TBF club to be a TBF member?

Yes and no. Anyone can be a TBF Member. However, you must be a member of the state TBF organization (State Federation) to be able to fish the state events. There is a myriad of benefits to being a State federation member and being a part of that grassroots level. We highly encourage you to join through an affiliated club. To find a TBF club near you to join, email your state Federation. To learn how to start your won 6 person TBF club, visit the Join page.

What do I get for being a OBF member?

Throughout each year there are a number of offers and promotions that any member can take advantage of and save a more money than their entire membership dues cost them for the year, essentially making your membership “free”!

Are there opportunities to advance to big tournaments or even fish professionally?

TBF members qualify through their club events and State Federations to fish on 12 man state teams in the TBF Division Championship series. From there, each state advances one boater and coangler to the TBF Federation National Championship.


FNC anglers will compete for 15 berths in two of the sport’s most coveted events – the Forrest Wood Cup and the BFL All-American. The top boater and co-angler from each of the seven TBF divisions will advance to the BFL All-American. The TBF Federation National Champion boater will also advance to the world championship of bass fishing, the Forrest Wood Cup, for a shot at winning the biggest payday in bass fishing.


The winning boater also will receive the $100,000 “Living the Dream” prize package to include a prize check, fully paid entry fees on the FLW Tour as a Pro, travel expense stipends for each event and use of a “Living the Dream” wrapped Ranger boat for the year. The top co-angler will ALSO receive fully paid entry fees into the FLW Series division of choice.


All of this for a national average cost of only $200 a year in TOTAL dues and entry fees to fish you way all the way to the Forrest Wood Cup!

Is The Bass Federation (TBF) owned by FLW?

No, TBF is proudly partnered with FLW. TBF and FLW are “Partners In Fishing.” TBF is 100% member owned through the State Federations.

Do you have to be an FLW member to be a TBF member?

Yes and the benefits are huge! Currently FLW membership is $45 a year and TBF adult membership is $50 a year, but IT INCLUDES A FULL FLW COMPETITOR MEMBERSHIP so for only $5 more per year you can belong to TBF and FLW! It’s one stop shopping! ALL TBF memberships have FLW membership built in already! FLW is a great partner for TBF and provides many benefits.


IMPORTANT NOTE: ALL TBF members must pay their FLW membership through TBF, (through their home club or state federation). Your full FLW Competitor Membership with TBF includes an FLW magazine subscription, FULL tournament eligibility, priority entry, and FULL member discounts and benefits