Stoner's 27th Annual
Bass Tournament

Saturday May 13th, 2023
Lake Fork, TX

Since 1995 I've hosted a small bass tournament at Lake Fork, TX. There's usually around 30 contestants, and it's always a good time. Our goal is to relax, have some laughs, and enjoy the outdoors together.

Tournament Rules

  1. The entry fee is only $20 per person. All entry fee money gets paid out to the winners.
    There is a free hamburger cookout after the weigh-in.

  2. Mail your checks to me here: Brad Stone, P.O. Box 820333, Dallas TX 75382-0333
    Also, my username for the CASH app (formerly called Square) is brushyland. Feel free to send me the entry fee that way if you prefer.

  3. I must have your entry fee at least one week before the tourney.
    If you absolutely can't do that, then notify me via email and we may be able to meet at the lake the night before the tournament so I can receive payment. Otherwise you will not be eligible.

  4. All bass will be released alive after the weigh-in. Handle your fish with care - a dead fish will be penalized a half pound.

  5. This is not a team tournament - so you and your fishin' buddy cannot combine fish.

  6. You cannot fish this tournament if you have guided professionally on Lake Fork during the 30 days prior to the tourney. A guide cannot be of aid to contestants during the tourney. Nor can a contestant have used a guide on Lake Fork during the 3 days prior to the tourney.

  7. There's no tournament check-in but feel free to join me for breakfast at the marina restaurant about an hour before the tourney.

  8. You must wait until 6:00am before making your first cast. But you can be on the water before that.

  9. Weigh-in starts at 3:45pm and you MUST be there no later than 4:00pm. The weigh-in will be held at Oakridge Marina somewhere near the shore. Look for my banner.

  10. Payout is based on a 5-fish stringer of largemouth bass caught on artificial lures. Lake Fork rules specify that a fish must not be in the slot which is 16 to 24 inches. Also, only one of your fish can be over the slot.

  11. Even if you don't have fish to weigh, come join us for a burger after the weigh-in!

  12. First Place --------- 50% of the entry fee
    Second Place ------ 25% of the entry fee
    Heaviest Bass ----- 25% of the entry fee

Additional Info

  1. The night before the tourney, several of us eat wonderful boiled crawfish at Bro's Patio behind "Fisherman's One Stop" at FM 515 & CR 1970. We usually get there around 5:30pm to avoid the crowd. Note that it is BYOB.

  2. Oakridge Marina (903-878-2529) has rooms, and areas for tents & campers - and covered floating boat slips for rent.
    If Oakridge Marina has no available rooms, try the nearby Minnow Bucket Marina (903-878-2500)

  3. Use your smartphones & portable radios to stay aware of the weather during the tournament. Please get off the lake if conditions deteriorate.

  4. If you need to rent a boat, try these places:
    - The Boat Rental at Lake Fork (903-383-2814)
    - J & J Marine Boat Rentals (903-473-3497)
    - Lake Fork Boat Rentals (972-386-5555)

Where Is Lake Fork, TX?

Lake Fork is located about an hour and a half east of Dallas. From Dallas, take I30 east to Sulphur Springs and turn south on 154. This year's tournament will be held at Oakridge Marina (903-878-2529) which is about a quarter mile south of the Hwy 154 bridge.

Weather Forecast A 10-day weather forecast for Lake Fork, TX
Weather Image A very current, animated weather radar of Texas (Lake Fork is marked with white crosshairs east of Dallas).

Past Champions

Stoner's Bass Tournament T-Shirts

I used to create a T-shirt for this year's tourney. Click here to buy a T-shirt on Zazzles's web site. Zazzle allows you to select the size and color before you buy. And you don't have to necessarily buy a T-shirt - you can buy a tank top or a polo shirt or sweatshirt or several other items instead. And they'll have the Stoner tournament logo on them. Very cool. Zazzle charges roughly $22 plus shipping for the T-shirts.

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