The Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) Trail will host an event on the Coosa River below the Jordan Dam on May 5th and 6th. That particular site has hosted kayak fishing events in years past. It hosted the River Bassin’ National Championship in 2014 that drew dozens of top kayak river anglers from all over the country. In addition to several other club-level events with the Coosa Canoe and Kayak Fishing Tournament and North Alabama Kayak Anglers throughout the years. Of course, kayak bass fishing clubs in the Alabama will be hosting our end-of-the-year gathering and state championship at the Alabama Kayak Fishing Classic at this same location.
KBF Trail events often draw dozens of competitive anglers due to the prizes and cash awards for the top winners. KBF is the same organization that gave away $30,000 to the winner of their “National Championship” in 2016 and they are lined up to do it again in March of 2017 this year. Winners of KBF Trail events in 2016 often walked away with a new kayak and about $1,000 in cash along with a ticket to the KBF National Championship.
Bringing the KBF Trail to the Coosa River is a change up for KBF. KBF events have almost always been held on public or private flat water lakes. This year, KBF is venturing off into riverine environments. They have announced river stops in Georgia and West Virginia this season.
The Coosa River is one of the most scenic rivers in the south. It is also one of the most punishing. Anglers will need to use caution throughout the float below Jordan Dam. It is almost inevitable that given a few dozen anglers, someone is going to loose some gear on the water and perhaps go for a swim.
But the risks can be worth the reward. Magnum spotted bass lurk in those waters. There will be several legit trophy bass caught during this tournament. While not common, trophy largemouth bass are also found in those water. And while trophy fish may or may not be caught, the experience of running through difficult rapids with friends could be just enough to bring you back.
Unfortunately for Alabama anglers, this event is scheduled on the same day as the Coosa Riverkeeper’s event on Neely Henry. Anglers vying to win the CRK’s Angler of the Year or qualify for the Champion Division of the Alabama Kayak Fishing Classic will have a choice to make.
Several kayak fishing clubs from the state of Georgia will be coming to Alabama in 2017 to host kayak fishing events. Up to nine events will take place in east Alabama waters such as the Chattahoochee River, Lake Guntersville, and the Coosa River. The combined schedule for five different kayak fishing clubs in Georgia was posted to Facebook last week. We’ve added it below. As always, check with the respective clubs prior to the event to learn the latest detail.
The Tennessee Valley Kayak Anglers, a kayak fishing club in the Chattanooga area, will host three fishing events in Alabama this year. Of the 13 stops on the TVKA trail, three of them will be on Lake Guntersville.
Each event will come with a twist. The first event will be hosted on May 6th on the waters between BB Comer Bridge in Scottsboro and the US Highway 117 Bridge in Stevenson.
The Chattanooga Bass Yakkers will again be holding a kayak fishing event on the upper part of Lake Guntersville. As in previous years, this year’s event will be held in Stevenson, Alabama in the northeast corner of our state.
CBY is a great kayak fishing club and they often hold events and activities that support local charities and causes. We hope anglers in Alabama will look into participating in this and other events on their trail. Stay tuned to the CBY Facebook Group for more information.
The Mobile Bay Kayak Fishing Association, perhaps Alabama’s oldest kayak fishing club, has started their MBKFA 2017 AOY Tournament and it’s a doozy. MBKFA members will tally up their longest catches of 16 different species of freshwater and saltwater fish.
The tournament started on New Year’s Day and will run November 26th, 2017, cost $25 to enter, with 80% of the entry fees going to the payout.
The species you will be angling for to claim the MBKFA 2017 AOTY title:
1. Speckled Trout
4. Bass (only one species)
5. White Trout
6. Mangrove Snapper
7. Black Drum
8. Spanish Mackerel
11. Lady Fish
13. Bream (freshwater species)
14. Jack Crevalle
16. Goggle Eye/Warmouth (rock bass)
1st place 55%of the entry fees + trophy
2nd place 30% of the entry fees
3rd place 15% of the entry fees
The Gadsden area’s Coosa River Kayak Anglers have released their 2017 schedule. Note that the majority of the events have 5PM start times and are on week nights. This is actually a nice change up for a lot of anglers. They will also host a few regular weekend events that start at safe light. Check their Facebook Group page for more information, details, rules, and more.
March 11 – Lay Lake
April 8 – Lake Logan Martin
May 6 – Neely Henry Lake
Participation in these events help promote the causes of the Coosa Riverkeeper and offer a down right good time for anglers young and old. These are family-friendly events and parents can even fish with their children (and kids get their own division to compete in).
Check the Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament website and Facebook pages for details, rules, and updates throughout the year.
Those that place well in Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament events this year will earn entry into the Alabama Kayak Fishing Classic where kayak bass fishing clubs from across Alabama will come together to crown a champion! More details on that event can be found right here.
The Coosa Riverkeepers, an Alabama organization we encourage you to support, has posted their 2016 Highlights. As you can see, they are doing great work for the Coosa River and the entire state of Alabama. Have a look at their report and considering donating time or money to their cause.