Kayak fishing clubs, outfitters, and organizations from around the state of Alabama are coming together to put on a “end of the year” celebration and gathering in Wetumpka, Alabama on the banks of the Coosa River.
The event is open to the public. There will be a public fishing division and a “qualifier” division where anglers who have fished in Alabama kayak fishing club trails this year have qualified.
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.
ELIGIBLE WATER: The Coosa River from below Jordan Dam to the start of the Alabama River.
CAPTAIN’S MEETING: 8PM Friday, October 20, at the Coosa Outdoor Center.
VIBE KAYAKS has donated a Sea Ghost 110 kayak for a lucky angler in the Open Division.
Saturday, Oct 21 @ 2PM – Championship Division
Saturday, Oct 21 @ 3PM – Open Division
Awards, trophies, and prizes:
Saturday Oct 21 @ 3:15PM
A HAWG TROUGH Measuring board is required.
Free camping at the Coosa Outdoor Center has been graciously provided by the Coosa Riverkeepers. It is included with your entry fee.
Kayak bass fishing clubs across the state are working together to put together a end-of-the-year event. Many will be camping out at on the banks of the Coosa River at the Coosa Outdoor Center in Wetumpka, Alabama.
This is going to be a year-end celebration of all the good things happening in Alabama kayak fishing. Meet other anglers. Meet other clubs. Learn about what each club is planning to do in 2018.
This event will be open to anyone. There will be an Open Division and a Championship Division. Each division will be eligible to win cash and prizes.
The anglers that have risen to the top of their respective club’s “angler of the year” races will gain entry into the Championship Division and the top angler in that division will be crowned the
2017 Alabama State Champion!
So, if you want to make a run for that prestigious freshwater title, find yourself a kayak fishing club in Alabama and get to participating in their tournaments. If you work hard enough or (let’s face it) get lucky enough, you can earn a spot into the Championship Bracket.
Didn’t qualify to be state champ? No problem. Just show up and fish the side event and have a good time on one of the most scenic rivers in the South. There will be plenty of people fishing that river for the first time that day. And there will be plenty of good company that will share the water with you. Also, you’ll have a shot at catching a trophy spotted bass.
But I don’t like fishing moving water! Ok, we have you covered too. You will be able to launch in multiple locations that offer lake-like flatwater conditions where there are no rapids. Look at Google Maps at locations below the Coosa Outdoor Center, Goldstar Park, and below for fishing areas that offer slight to moderate flow.
Stay tuned to this page for more information as the clubs work together to coordinate the event. What we know:
*Update: the Mobile Bay Kayak Fishing Association is joining us and will also be sending anglers to the Championship Division.
Tournament day will be October 21, 2017
Open to all anglers in kayaks, canoes, SUPs, and other approved vessels
On the Coosa River in Wetumpka, Alabama
Camp out, eat, drink and have fun in the days before and after the event if you like
Prizes and sponsors are being added
Two Divisions: Open Division and Championship Division
Top 10 anglers from each of the NAKA (10), ICKA (10), CRKA (10), MBKFA (10), and SKA (10) clubs will enter into the Championship Division (50 anglers).
Coosa Riverkeeper will be sending 10 more anglers as follows:
Top 5 Anglers overall
Best Young Angler (U-18)
Best Female Angler
3 Best Bass winners
*Any overlap amongst these and we’ll keep working down the Overall Best list until we have 10!
So, up to 60 anglers will be in the Championship Division
Open Bracket will be eligible to win prizes as well
Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament (Coosa River chain)
Coosa River Kayak Anglers (Gadsden Area)
Iron City Kayak Anglers (Birmingham Area)
North Alabama Kayak Anglers (Huntsville Area)
Shoals Area Kayak Anglers (Muscle Shoals Area)
Mobile Bay Kayak Fishing Association (Mobile Area)
Tournament Director will be Mr. Frank Chitwood from the Coosa Riverkeepers.
Donations will be made to the Coosa Riverkeepers.
Manbuns are optional and result in no penalty when scoring fish.