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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.

Shoals Kayak Anglers Update 2017 Schedule

The Shoals Kayak Anglers (SKA) have updated their 2017 kayak fishing schedule.  We previously had reported on their schedule and while most of the dates have stayed the same, they did move locations of several events back closer to the Muscle Shoals area.

The Shoals Kayak Anglers are going to have five regular season stops and a year-end Classic event at a location to be determined later in the year.  These TVA Reservoir locations should offer excellent tournament fishing for kayak anglers in the North Alabama area.

Their schedule will be as follows:

March 11th – Pickwick Lake
April 8th – Wilson Lake
May 13th – Pickwick Lake
June 10th – Wheeler Lake
August 12th – Wheeler Lake
September 9th – Classic TBD

KBF Trail to hold event on Coosa River

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.

Corey Galloway sticking a 5-pound largemouth
Corey Galloway sticking a 5-pound largemouth on the Coosa River

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.

Josh Tidwell with a near 22" Spotted Bass
Josh Tidwell with a near 22″ Spotted Bass

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.

Georgia Kayak Fishing clubs headed to Alabama in 2017

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.

We’ve added the events to our list of kayak fishing events in Alabama.

Georgia Kayak Fishing schedule 2017
Georgia Kayak Fishing schedule 2017

Tennessee Valley Kayak Anglers hosting 3 events on Guntersville

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 second event will be a night fishing event on June 17th and the third event will be held in conjunction with the Reel Krazy Kayak Tournament Trail.   We will update this post and our kayak fishing tournament tracker page once we learn more details about the locations of their final two events.

Also check out each club’s respective Facebook pages for details and updates.

Tennessee Valley Kayak Anglers 2017 Schedule
Tennessee Valley Kayak Anglers 2017 Schedule

Chattanooga Bass Yakkers hosting 2017 event in Alabama

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.

Chattanooga Bass Yakkers 2017 Schedule
The 2017 CBY Schedule

MBKFA 2017 AOY Tournament underway

Mobile Bay Kayak Fishing Association
Mobile Bay Kayak Fishing Association

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
2. Redfish
3. Flounder
4. Bass (only one species)
5. White Trout
6. Mangrove Snapper
7. Black Drum
8. Spanish Mackerel
9. Sheepshead
10. Catfish
11. Lady Fish
12. Croaker
13. Bream (freshwater species)
14. Jack Crevalle
15. Bowfin
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

Details about the tournament can be found in this Facebook post.

Gadsden area kayak fishing club releases 2017 schedule

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.

Coosa River Kayak Anglers 2017 Schedule
Coosa River Kayak Anglers 2017 Schedule

Birmingham kayak fishing club releases schedule

The Iron City Kayak Anglers have released their 2017 kayak fishing schedule.  They’ll be fishing a lot of lakes in the central Alabama region.  As with most of the other kayak bass fishing clubs in Alabama, they will have an “Angler of the Year” for their club and top finishers on the trail will qualify for the State Champion title to be awarded at the Alabama Kayak Fishing Classic in October.

2017 ICKA Schedule: link

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