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A fishing experience for adults and kids alike.
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Fun for the entire family

The Clendenin Homecoming Festival is excited to bring you the Second Annual Bass Tournament on the Elk River. Our goal is to create a fun fishing event for fishermen of all ages, adults, and kids, that will showcase our town and our beautiful Elk River fishery for years to come.

The Elk River is a great Small Mouth Bass, Walleye, and Musky fishery. It’s also a beautiful float trip river which is only 20 minutes from Charleston. Please come join us and continue this new tradition on the Elk River on June 23, 2019.

  • How To Register

    • Step 1
      • Fill out the registration form below if paying by credit card or by check or money order.
    • Step 2
      • If paying by credit card go to The Clendenin Elk River Fishing Tournament Facebook page and use the built-in Eventbrite ticket link to pay the $25 entry fee.
      • If paying by check make it payable to Clendenin Homecoming Festival and mail your check to Michael Hinchman 18062 Elk River Road, North, Clendenin, WV 25045.
    • Step 3


June 22, 2019 at 8:00 PM EST


$25 each for adults. Children under 12 years of age free if they are accompanied by an adult. All entry fees are non-refundable.


Once you complete the registration form below if paying by credit card click here or paying by check or money order make them out to Clendenin Homecoming Festival and mail check or money order to Tournament Director: Michael Hinchman 18062 Elk River Rd, N, Clendenin, WV, 25045. If you have any questions call Michael at 304-389-7485 or email fishing@clendeninhomecomingfestival.com.


In the event of bad weather or river conditions, we will plan to reschedule the Bass Tournament for the next closest weekend in which the weather factors no longer exist. The initial plan would be for the following weekend.


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Fishermen must follow all state Fishing Regulations
Fishermen must follow all WV state Fishing Regulations and have valid WV fishing licenses. This does include wearing PFDs while using any kayak, canoe, or any type of boat. All state laws must be followed -- period. The Town of Clendenin or anyone involved with this tournament will not be held liable for any injuries up to or including death while participating in this event. Following all state regulations and your safety is your sole responsibility.
Catch and Release
The tournament is catch and release only.
Dates & Times
The Fishing Tournament will begin at daylight Sunday, June, 23 and the fishing cut off time will be at 5:00 PM. You must have all photo entries in before the 5:15 PM.
Fishing Methods
Fishermen can bank fish, wade fish, use kayaks, canoes, floats, or boats. We want this to be a fun tournament that anyone, including kids, can fish in. Getting people out fishing and enjoying our beautiful Elk River is the goal.
Fishing Boundaries
The boundaries will start at the Sutton Dam public access and will end at the Coonskin Park public access near Charleston, WV. This will give fishermen at least 15 WV State public access points to gain entry to the Elk River. Also, any tributary of the Elk River is legal for the first 50 yards or to the first shoals, whichever occurs first.
Awards Ceremony
The winning fish picture reviews and winning fish awards ceremony will occur at 6:00 PM June 23, 2019, on the main Clendenin Homecoming concert stage. This is where all the winners will be announced, as well as trophies and cash payouts will be presented. Must be present to win and to find out results.
For the person with the longest single fish of the Bass species. Amounts won’t be determined until we know the total amount of entries. The more entries the bigger payouts. We will post on our Face book page closer to tournament date.
Runner Up Big Bass. For the person with the second longest single fish of the Bass species. Amounts won’t be determined until we know the total amount of entries. The more entries the bigger payout.
Kids Award
Just for the kids, there will be individual awards for the child under 12 years of age with the longest single fish of any species. A special prize will be awarded to the child with the winning fish.
Winners Catch-photo release format and photo criteria
All Adult fish entries must be 12 inches or larger. No limit on size for the kid’s entries. • All photos must show a clear picture of the whole fish from tip to tail. The fish must be measured in its natural position on a flat area preferably using a tournament measuring board. If using a measuring tape, there must be no bends in the tape or fish. • Any submitted pictures must show the identifier code given out the night before. Identifier code must be in the picture with the fish and be clear to read. I recommend writing it on your hand. Overhead pictures only, no angles photos. • All pictures must be submitted before the cut off time, shown to the Clendenin Homecomings Officials in person or Facebook messaged to the Homecoming Michael Hinchman. Picture cut off time is no later than 5:15 p.m. to be considered, as fishing cut off time will be 5:00 pm. No pictures will be considered after 5:15 pm in person or online. • All pictures will be reviewed by Clendenin Homecoming Fishing Tournament Director Mike Hinchman. If there is a tie for exact measurement we will flip a coin to decide the winner.


Elk River Bass Tournament Registration Form

Elk River Bass Tournament Coordinator

Michael Hinchman

Michael Hinchman is the Clendenin Homecoming Festival’s Elk River Fishing Tournament director. He
grew up on the Elk River here in Clendenin, WV. At a very early age, he fell in love with fishing the Elk and
being outdoors. Mike is an avid Bass and Trout fisherman. He loves to promote the states beautiful
fisheries, like the Elk River. Mike is married to Lauren Hinchman, they have one son Everrett, who just
turned 1. They both love hiking, camping, and fishing. Mike is a lead Gas Controller for TransCanada
pipeline in Charleston, WV. He has been in the natural gas industry for the last 15 years. He got involved
with the CHF when he moved back on the Elk River a couple of years ago. He hopes to showcase the Elk
River with this event and help continue to grow the CHF every year.

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