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2017 Kayak Fishing Events in Alabama

2018 Alabama Kayak Fishing Events are here.



Check each club’s Facebook pages and websites for rules, event updates, and results.  Here we try to offer a comprehensive look at kayak fishing events in Alabama during 2017.  Note that some events may be hosted by clubs from outside our state.

Feel free to contact us to add your events and details.

Always check the host organization’s websites for last minute event details and weather updates.

2017 Alabama Kayak Fishing Events

  1. January 20 – HOW NA First Meeting

  2. February 4 – YakTribe Alabama Beach Cleanup, Dauphin Island
  3. February 24-26 – KBF Best of the Best (Wetumpka/Invite Only)
  4. February 25 – NAKA Tackle Swap, Decatur, AL

  5. March 4 – MBKFA Mayday Park
  6. March 11 – CCKFT Lay Lake
  7. March 11 – SKA Pickwick Lake
  8. March 18 – HOW SA First Event, Mayfair Park, Daphne, AL
  9. March 25 – The NAKA Open – Lake Guntersville
  10. March 30 – April 2 – HOW SA Mobile Boat Show

  11. April 1 – NAKA Demo Day
  12. April 1 – ICKA Warrior River
  13. April 8 – CCKFT Lake Logan Martin
  14. April 8 – SKA Wilson Lake
  15. April 8 – MBKFA Heron Bay
  16. April 8 – Kayak Bass Series Lake Eufaula
  17. April 13 – CRKA Gadsden Mall (5pm)
  18. April 22 – CRKA Gadsden Mall
  19. April 28 – Heroes on the Water NA mtg – Guntersville State Park
  20. April 29 – RKKT Weiss Lake
  21. April 29 – MBKFA Woods n Water, Mobile, AL

  22. May 4 – CRKA Tommy’s Marina (5pm)
  23. May 5, 6 – KBF Trail Coosa River, Wetumpka, AL
  24. May 6 – CCKFT/ICKA Neely Henry Lake
  25. May 6 – CKA Chattahoochee River, Valley, AL
  26. May 6 – TVKA Guntersville (BB Comer Bridge – US 117 Bridge)
  27. May 6 – YakTribe Meetup, Jeff Friend Trail Kayak Launch, Orange Beach, AL 9AM
  28. May 13 – SKA Pickwick Lake
  29. May 13 – RKKT Coosa River Gadsden
  30. May 20 – NAKA Smith Lake
  31. May 20 – MBKFA 11th Annual Bagwell Tournament, Delta Port Marina on West Fowl River.  Add’l info.
  32. May 25 – CRKA Big Head Bait Shop (5pm)

  34. June 3 – MBKFA Fish River
  35. June 4 – Heroes on the Water North Alabama – Lake Guntersville
  36. June 10 – SKA Wheeler Lake
  37. June 10 – CBY Lake Guntersville Stevenson, AL
  38. June 15 – CRKA Rainbow Landing (5pm)
  39. June 17 – TVKA Lake Guntersville (night)
  40. June 24 – ICKA Lay Lake
  41. June 30, July 1 – KBF Lake Wheeler

  42. July 1, 2 – MBKFA Slammageddon
  43. July 6 – CRKA Tillison Bend (5pm)
  44. July 8 – SKA Wilson Lake
  45. July 8 – CKA PSKA Chattahoochee River, Valley, AL
  46. July 22 – NAKA River Stop
  47. July 27 – CRKA I-759 (5pm)

  48. August – NAKABIGBASS, Demo Day, and NAKAFUNFISH
  49. August 5 – MBKFA Black Ops
  50. August 5 – Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic Fishing Tournament
  51. August 5 – Heroes on the Water North Alabama, Town Creek, Guntersville, AL
  52. August 12 – SKA Wheeler Lake
  53. August 12 – CKA Tallapoosa River, Wadley, AL
  54. August 17 – CRKA Canoe Creek County Ramp (5pm)

  55. September 2 – TVKA & RKKT Lake Guntersville TBD
  56. September 2 – MBKFA Weeks Bay
  57. September 7 – CRKA Rainbow Landing (5pm)
  58. September 9 – SKA Classic TBA
  59. September 9 – ICKA Logan Martin
  60. September 9 – CKA Chattahoochee River, Valley, AL
  61. September 21-24 – KBS Elite Championships
  62. September 22, 23 – KBF Trail Guntersville
  63. September 23 – NAKA Classic and AOTY TBD
  64. September 28 – CRKA I-759 (5pm)
  65. September 30 – CRKA Open TBD

  66. October 7 – ICKA Jefferson County Radius and AOTY
  67. October 20 – Prefishing and camping @ the Alabama Kayak Fishing Classic, Coosa Outdoor Center
  68. October 21 – The Alabama Kayak Fishing Classic on the Coosa River at Wetumpka by The Kayak Bass Fishing Clubs of Alabama .  Register here:

  69. November 10, 11 – KBF Trail Lakes Pickwick and Wilson

CBY – Chattanooga Bass Yakkers
CCKFT – Coosa Canoe and Kayak Fishing Tournament
CKA – Chattahoochee Kayak Anglers
CRKA – Coosa River Kayak Anglers
HOW SA – Heroes on the Water South Alabama Chapter
HOW NA – Heroes on the Water North Alabama Chapter
ICKA – Iron City Kayak Anglers
KBF – Kayak Bass Fishing Trail
KBS – Kayak Bass Series
MBKFA – Mobile Bay Kayak Fishing Association
PSKA – Peach State Kayak Anglers
RRKT – Reel Krazy Kayak Tournament Trail
SKA –  Shoals Kayak Anglers
NAKA – North Alabama Kayak Anglers
TVKA – Tennessee Valley Kayak Anglers

“Pretty awesome to look at one page an see all tournaments in one spot!” – Adam Overton

The Best Kayak Fishing Kayak Explained

Opinion:  the best kayak for fishing in Alabama

Rule #1:  Try before you buy!

Simply put, the $300 kayak you bought at a yard sale in Dothan eight years ago is better than the $2000 kayak sitting on the store shelf in Montgomery.

The kayak you have is the best kayak for you because it is the kayak you are going to use.

When should you upgrade your kayak?  Only upgrade your kayak when you notice you are missing something on the water or when you think your kayak is discouraging you from getting on the water.  If you think a new kayak is going to have you enjoying more time on the water, then maybe it really is time to upgrade.  Our free time is valuable; some may say it is invaluable.

Are you missing a more comfortable seat?  Many don’t miss a more comfortable seat until they sit in a newer seat. A comfortable seat is the #1 component of a kayak that determines how much time you will spend on the water.  Hours in an uncomfortable seat just leads to an unpleasant fishing experience and a sore back the next day.  Be careful about sitting in a new kayak.  Sometimes ignorance is bliss.  That is, you just don’t know how comfortable another seat can be until you sit in it; and then you’ll want one.

If you think a new kayak is going to have you enjoying more time on the water, then maybe it really is time to upgrade.

Are you missing a more stable kayak?  Many anglers don’t know how stable kayaks can really be until they take a different kayak for a demo.  I claim that given some time, angler can stand in any kayak for as long as they want to.  They’ll adapt to the boat by developing a few extra muscles and brain-motor neuron paths.  They’ll make the boat they have work.  Only upgrade to a more stable boat if you need more assurance that you will not flip you kayak.  Trust me, losing gear is expensive.  If you truly need a more stable kayak, you can spend the money to find ones that 6-foot 6-inch 350-pound anglers can stand, jump, and reenter without much effort.

Many makers of the top end fishing kayaks allow you to jump off the kayak and re-enter without worrying about the kayak flipping.

Are you missing a name brand’s recognition?  It happens.  We get kayak envy.  For that, I recommend some stickers and a visit to your local kayak shop for a demo.  Or attend a local organization or club’s outing and try our new boats.

But once you get that new kayak you’ll realize the fish actually don’t care what type of boat you were in or how expensive your rod and reel were.  You will catch more fish if you go kayak fishing more and a new kayak may encourage you to do that.  But, it is unlikely that a new kayak is going to put you in places that you couldn’t access in a previous kayak.

The fish actually don’t care what type of boat you were in or how expensive your rod and reel were.

My point is simple:  the kayak you have is the best kayak because it’s the one you will use.  If you walk into the garage or shed and see your kayak and for some reason it doesn’t encourage you to go fishing, then perhaps consider if a new kayak will really help you get out on the water more.  Know that your new kayak will likely cost a lot of money and be longer and heavier than your current one.  And at the end of the day, the fish won’t care the name brand of the boat you are going to use.

All that said, a kayak from Craigslist or a big box store will work just fine on most all large bodies of water in Alabama, even the Gulf of Mexico.  Perhaps only anglers that fish tiny creeks will want to get a kayak a little more resistant to deteriorating over time after the abuse of rock beds and trees.

That said, we encourage you explore buying local from the outfitters and deals of Alabama and buying kayaks specifically designed for kayak fishing.  Many such deals and kayak companies are listed on our resources page.