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Heroes on the Water Event 2, NAKA River Stop, ayou La Batre Kayak Classic, more

The North Alabama Kayak Anglers are hosting their “River Stop” fishing tournament this weekend.  Anglers can fish any small flowing body of water in North Alabama.  Creek and small rivers are the targeted eligible body of water for this event.  For a boundary map and rules for this event, check out the NAKA Facebook Event page for this event.  Oh, it is also a qualifier event for the River Bassin’ Tournament Trail.


North Alabama’s new Heroes on the Water chapter is already positively impacting the lives of service veterans and others.  The upstart club is hosting another event on August 5th at the Town Creek Fishing Center near the Guntersville State Park.  The last event saw near 40 people and dozens of kayaks from 8 or 9 different manufacturers.  This is a great time to relax and try out other people’s boats while supporting a good cause.  Details about the event can be found on the HOW NA Facebook page.

Courtesy: Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic

The annual Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic is on August 5.  This is a big laid back family-friendly event and all around good time.  Check out their website for pictures of past events and details about what is going on this year.

Here’s an outlook of other events happening with Alabama kayak fishing clubs in the coming weeks.

  1. July 22 – NAKA River Stop
  2. July 27 – CRKA I-759 (5pm)
  3. August – NAKABIGBASS, Demo Day, and NAKAFUNFISH
  4. August 5 – MBKFA Black Ops
  5. August 5 – Bayou La Batre Kayak Classic Fishing Tournament
  6. August 5 – Heroes on the Water North Alabama, Town Creek, Guntersville, AL
  7. August 12 – SKA Wheeler Lake
  8. August 12 – CKA Tallapoosa River, Wadley, AL
  9. August 17 – CRKA Canoe Creek County Ramp (5pm)

For a list of all kayak fishing events in Alabama, check out our kayak fishing events listings page.

Also, folks are starting to get excited for the October 21st  Alabama Kayak Fishing Classic.  Anyone and everyone is invited.

2017 NAKA Guntersville Results

The North Alabama Kayak Anglers held their first event of the year on Saturday.   70 anglers braved the persistent breeze, whitecaps, and the threat of strong afternoon storms on a mild weather day on Lake Guntersville.  Many anglers had spent the night camping out at Goosepond Colony in Scottsboro, AL, the site of the early Saturday morning Captain’s Meeting.

2017 NAKA Open Winner Jason Lack. Photo credit: North Alabama Kayak Anglers

Jason Lack won the Guntersville tournament with a 57.25-inch three-fish stringer.  He won $675 for his first place finish.  His big stringer was anchored by a 21.75-inch largemouth bass which won him the tournament’s “biggest bass” pot and a bonus $350.  Lack won $1,025 on the day.  His winning stringer:

Jason Lack’s winning stringer. Photo credit: North Alabama Kayak Anglers

NAKA is giving away a Jackson Kayak Skipper to the Top Youth Angler of 2017.  Riley Johnston jumps out to an early lead in that race by scoring an 18-inch fish yesterday.

Top 10 results from the 2017 NAKA Guntersville event:
Angler – Inches

  1. Jason Lack – 57.25
  2.  Brandon Watson – 51
  3.  David Meeks – 50
  4. Greg Massa – 47.25
  5.  Jeff Murray – 47.25
  6. Justin Geirhart – 45.75
  7. John Taylor – 45.5
  8. Chris Odem – 45.25
  9. Randy Butler – 45.25
  10. Bubba Jones- 44.75

Full results can be found here.

Of note, big congrats to NAKA members Lisa and Will Green yesterday.  Will was on the water fishing this tournament when he got the call from his wife that she was going into labor.  They have since had a healthy baby girl.

NAKA is hosting an online “biggest bass” tournament throughout the month of April.   Their next day tournament is at Smith Lake on May 20th.   NAKA is also hosting a demo day and tackle swap on April 1 at Jackson County Park in Scottsboro, Alabama.

The Top 10 NAKA  anglers in the NAKA Angler of the Year race will qualify for the Alabama Classic later this year in Wetumpka.

For a list of other kayak fishing events in Alabama, check out our Alabama kayak fishing events listing page.

Video throwback: Drone footage from NAKA’s first event of 2015

This raw drone footage shot from a flight by Jameson Redding gives you a look at what it was like when the North Alabama Kayak Anglers launched at their first event of the year in 2015 at Mud Creek BBQ.

The NAKA season starts in a little over a week from now on March 25th on Lake Guntersville.  Who’s ready?


I remember making the drive from South Huntsville to Hollywood and passing dozens of kayak anglers loaded up, stopped at gas stations, and pulling off onto US Highway 72.  As a tournament director, it was an exciting sight knowing that anglers were coming from so many different areas of Alabama to fish and that the event would be well attended.  That day, we had 60 anglers at our event making it the largest kayak bass fishing tournament in Alabama to date.  NAKA would break that record in 2016 with 89 anglers at their Open event.

Does the video get you pumped to fish some events in Alabama?  Check out our Alabama kayak fishing events listing page and go fishing.

Here’s our 2017 NAKA Season Preview.

Also, are we ever going to see any more common launch tournaments?  (Hint, hint!)

One Month Out – NAKA Season Preview

One month from today, the North Alabama Kayak Anglers (NAKA) will hold their kickoff event for their 2017 season, the NAKA Open.  This season, they are partnering with the Kayak Bass Series and River Bassin’ Tournament Trail and many of the sponsors from the previous years are returning again for 2017.

For the last two years, the largest kayak bass fishing tournaments in Alabama have been the NAKA Opens which are held at the beginning of the tournament season.  The first year the event was held in 2015, it had 60 anglers and was the largest kayak bass fishing event held in Alabama at the time.  The next year, NAKA saw 89 anglers enter their Open tournament making it the largest kayak fishing event in Alabama to date.

NAKA events are approachable and affordable.  With $30 and $35 entry fees and a family friendly atmosphere, NAKA Opens are a great way to spend a day or two on Lake Guntersville surrounded by beauty, like-minded anglers, and potentially some very big bass.   Some anglers will make a weekend of it by camping near the Captain’s Meeting location at Goosepond Colony in Scottsboro, Alabama.

Judges table at the 2015 NAKA Classic
Judges table at the 2015 NAKA Classic

The Open – March 24, 2017 – Facebook page

The NAKA Open will once again be held on one of the most popular kayak tournament destinations on the planet, Lake Guntersville.  For the Open, the eligible water will be all of Lake Guntersville except water above Crow Creek.  Already a massive lake, there will be almost two dozen public ramps from which anglers will be able to launch their kayaks and crafts from the Guntersville Dam up to Crow Creek.

We predict there will be six fish caught over 20-inches with a 23″ big fish winning the big fish pot.  Our fingers are crossed for some production this year.

I am often asked “where should I fish out of my kayak on Lake Guntersville”.  I suspect a lot of folks think I am being crude when I say “anywhere there is a public ramp”.  Really, I know of a 20-inch bass being caught within a short paddling distance of most all public ramps on Lake Guntersville.  No matter the water conditions, no matter the time of year, every ramp can put out a monster fish.  With the Captain’s Meeting being at Goosepond Colony, ramps along the west side of the Lake will likely see most of the tournament anglers.

We project 72 anglers will fish this year’s NAKA Open.  We forecast almost $2000 in cash and prizes will be given out at the event with first place getting near $600 and big fish getting $350.  Note, these are only projections and the number may vary greatly.

Lake G Getting Better?

Is bass fishing on Lake Guntersville getting better or worse?  Speculation over the last couple of years suggest that the lake is not fishing as well as it used to.  However, this year the crappie bite has been one of the best it has in a while and anglers are hoping Guntersville will be back to producing near 30-pound bags of fish in bass boat tournaments.  That said, thus far, 20-pounds per day of fish seem to put most anglers on the podium so far in 2017 so it remains to be seen if the lake is going to better for bass fishing than in years past.  Bassmaster no longer ranks Guntersville as a top bass fishing lake.  Regardless, we are going to go out on a limb and say it will take 58-inches of fish to win the Open event this year.  We predict there will be six fish caught over 20-inches with a 23″ big fish winning the big fish pot.  Our fingers are crossed for some production this year.

Kayak Bass Series Qualification

The NAKA Open will be a qualifier for the KBS Classic to be held in September 2017 on Lake Guntersville.  The top five finishers in the NAKA Open will be allowed to enter the exclusive KBS Classic where $2,000 – $4,000 are typically awarded to the winner.

A kayak rigged for a day of fishing

Smith Lake – May 20, 2017 – Facebook page

2017 looks to be another banner year for NAKA.  They will be hosting their first event on Smith Lake, a deep and clear lake known to host massive spotted bass.  Anglers knowing how to locate fish deep down on Smith Lake will have an advantage.  Those wanting to do well in this event will find a fish finder extremely helpful on this lake.  This event should appeal to lake fishermen and anglers located near Central Alabama.  The exact radius of this event has yet to be released.  We expect some Coosa River Kayak Angler and Iron City Kayak Angler members to attend and forecast 47 anglers at this event.

David Smith on the Coosa River

River Stop – July 22, 2017 – Facebook page

NAKA is hosting a river stop this year.  Details for this event will be published at a later date.  The exact boundaries will be announced later, but with the weigh-in to be held in Madison, Alabama, expect most all moving water in North Alabama to be in play.  The question will be how far south with NAKA allow anglers to fish?  We’re hoping that all moving water is open to give anglers more options.

River Bassin’ Qualifier

The NAKA River Stop will also be a River Bassin’ Tournament Trail (RBT) qualifier.  Details about that relationship will be announced later in the year.

With the draw of being an RBT qualifier, we project 45 anglers will participate in the event.

Tournament Anglers on Lake Guntersville

The NAKA Classic – September 22, 2017 – Facebook page

The best of the best qualify for this event.  You will have to fish multiple NAKA events to earn enough points to earn a spot in this event.

The location of the Classic will be a toss up between all of the previous locations that NAKA has held a tournament.  So, the event could be in the Shoals, Scottsboro, Cullman, or Decatur areas.  Random draw will be conducted later in the year to determine the location.

NAKA is one of the largest kayak bass fishing clubs in the country.  They will be hosting less competitive events throughout the year to include demo days, evening fishing events, and tackle swaps in the North Alabama area.

Greg Mass, 2016 NAKA AOTY

Angler of the Year

Last year’s NAKA AOTY got some sweet prizes:  a NuCanoe Pursuit, a Power-Pole Micro, a Bending Branches paddle, YakAttack swag, and $200 in gift card to Academy Sports and Outdoors.  While a new kayak hasn’t officially been announced a prize this season, we expect similar awards for the 2017 NAKA AOTY.  It will be well worth anglers’ time to make a run for the AOTY title.

At least one NAKA online big bass event will factor into the AOTY formula this year so we suspect the AOTY will be announced after the Classic, unlike last year when it was announced prior to the Classic.

Have questions or want to learn more?  Contact the North Alabama Kayak Anglers on their Facebook page.

The beautiful Coosa River

Alabama Classic – October 21, Wetumpka, AL – Facebook page

The top 10 in the NAKA standings will qualify for the Alabama Classic along with the top 10 anglers from the other participating clubs in Alabama.  We project 55 anglers will attend the event on the Coosa River with near $2000 in prizes to be awarded to the field.

The will be an “Open Division” at the Alabama Classic meaning that anyone is free to compete.  The winner of the event from the “Championship Division” will walk away with the title of “Alabama State Champion” and some swag.   Check out the Alabama Classic page and fish on the other participating clubs’ trails to work to earn your spot.

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)

  33. June – NAKABIGBASS and NAKAFUNFISH
  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:
    http://coosariver.org/kft/?page_id=128


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

Key:
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