Congrats to the Coosa Classic Winners!

Congrats to the winners of the Coosa Classic presented by Paddle Out and benefitting Coosa Riverkeeper!

Best Angler: Jared Atwell | 50″
Best Bass: Hays Latimer | 20″ (Jake Garner tied)
Best Fly Fisherman: Jason Davis | 28.25″
Best Young Angler: Jack Freeman | 9.5″

Big Wills Outfitters Angler of the Year: Jared Atwell | 148.5″
1st Runner Up: Lanny Watkins | 141″
2nd Runner Up: Hays Latimer | 139.25″
Best Young Angler of the Year: Jack Freeman | 61.75″

2nd Overall for the Stage: Adam Hall | 46.25″
3rd Overall: Chris McNeill | 43.75″
4th Overall: Jake Garner | 43.5″
Close behind: Hays Latimer (43.25″), Josh Tidwell and Zach Kiser (43″)

Thanks Coosa Outdoor Center for hosting us and to all of our great sponsors and competitors! The 5th annual Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament is a wrap!

Congrats to the Neely Henry Open winners!

Congrats to the winners of the Neely Henry Open presented by Greater Gadsden Area Tourism and hosted by Back Forty Beer Company and Little Bridge Marina!

Best Angler: Jared Atwell | 55″
Best Bass: Tim Gables | 20.25″
Best Young Angler: Ethan Floyd | 40.75″
Best Female Angler: Kara Hammett | 45.5″
Best Fly Fisherman: Mark Miller | 9.5″
Best Family Duo: Ethan & Rodney Floyd | 79.75″

2nd Overall: Steve Sanders | 54.25″
3rd Overall: Lanny Watkins | 52.25″
4th Overall (tie): Tim Gables | 51.25″

Photos from the weekend

Logan Martin Open in the books!

Congrats to the winners of the Logan Martin Open presented by RMR 4×4! Here they are, from a field of 34 competitors on a windy, windy day!

Best Angler: Robby Cook | 50.75″
Best Bass: Patrick Smith | 20″
Best Young Angler: Jake Kiser | 46″
Best Lady Angler: Lisa Green | 37.75″
Best Family Duo: Jake & Michael Kiser | 76.75″

2nd Overall: John Frederick | 48.5″
3rd Overall: Lanny Watkins | 48.25″
4th Overall: Robbey Stanford | 48″

Full Scoreboard

See the photos from the event here!

The Neely Henry Open is up next! Get registered!

Get registered for this weekend!

The Logan Martin Open presented by RMR 4×4 is this weekend! Register now! The weather should be excellent, and we won’t let a big rainfall Thursday stop us from catching some Coosa spots, redeyes and largemouths! Our hosting venue for on-land activities is Montana Saloon & Grill in Lincoln. Here’s our schedule:

Friday at Montana Saloon & Grill
Check-in: 7-8pm (present fishing license, buy rulers, pay any outstanding entry fees, sign waivers, enjoy food and drink!)
Captain’s Meeting: 8pm (will last appx. 30 min)

Fishing Hours: First safe light (appx 6am) until 2pm
Weigh-in: 1-2pm at Montana Saloon & Grill
Awards Ceremony after all fish are scored @ appx 4pm

Win Cash this Year!

On the 5th annual Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament Trail there will be $1,000 guaranteed cash prize at every stage! Registration is now open at!

1st Place: $500
2nd Place: $300
3rd Place: $150
4th Place: $50

Entry fee is $50 per stage

2016 Tournament Trail Dates Announced!

Are you ready for the fifth year of the Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament?! This year we’ll be trimming down the number of stages to our three favorites, and making them bigger and better than before. Go ahead and put these on your calendar… more details to follow!

April 2: Logan Martin Open

May 14: Neely Henry Open

June 18: Coosa Classic

Lay Lake Open in the books!

The Lay Lake Open presented by Comfort Keepers is in the books! Congrats to our winners! This concludes the 2015 Coosa Canoe & Kayak Fishing Tournament trail – stay tuned for details on the 2016 trail!

Best Angler: Corey Galloway | 51.5″
Best Bass: Jacob Givens | 19.75″
Best Lady Angler: Kara Hammett | 42″
Best Young Angler: Jace Bailey | 46.25″
Best Family Duo: Jack & Paul Freeman | 75.25″

2nd Overall (Tie): Jace Bailey & David Smith | 46.5″
4th Overall: Josh Tidwell | 44.5″
5th Overall: Jake Kiser | 43.5″

We also awarded prizes for the Big Wills Outfitters Angler of the Year tonight! Congrats to these great winners!

Angler of the Year: David Smith | 266.5″
Angler of the Year 1st Runner Up: Lanny Watkins | 209″
Angler of the year 2nd Runner Up: David Mayfield | 202.5″
Best Young Angler of the Year: Jack Freeman | 162″
Best Lady Angler of the Year: Kara Hammett | 83.5″
Best Family Duo of the Year: Jack & Paul Freeman | 340.5″

See the photos on our Facebook!

Lay Lake Open this weekend!

The Lay Lake Open presented by Comfort Keepers is this weekend! We’ll be giving out the best prizes of the year, thanks to our sponsors, including the Big Wills Outfitters Angler of the Year prizes! Bernie’s on Main Street will be our hosts on Friday night and on Saturday afternoon; they have excellent food so please bring your appetite and thirst to thank them for their support. If you haven’t registered already, please do so online before the end of the day Thursday to help us prepare! Make sure to check out the Lay Lake Open webpage for more details about the event, including the tournament boundary map! See you there!

Coosa Classic is this weekend!!!

The 2015 Coosa Classic presented by the Wetumpka Chamber of Commerce is scheduled for this Saturday, August 15th. The event will be based at Coosa Outdoor Center. The Coosa Classic is a staple of the tournament trail and this will be the 4th year of the event and the 5th time we’ve visited. The stretch of the Coosa River below Jordan Dam is a productive fishery with some monster spotted bass that will really challenge your moving-water fishing skills – and it may just challenge your paddling skills too! If you prefer to avoid all those Class II rapids, you can also fish in the river starting at Coosa Outdoor Center and down to Fort Toulouse. You’ll only pass one small rapid but hit some of the best spots. Lake Jordan, above the dam, is also open to fishing at the Coosa Classic for those who prefer the lake fishing – however, we will say you are unlikely to find an advantage there as the bigger fish are caught below the dam at this time of year. No matter where you go, you are guaranteed a fun time at what is always our favorite stage. So come join us!

July Online Big Bass Tournament Announced!

This July we partner with North Alabama Kayak Fishing for an online big bass tournament! $10 entry fee with 50% cash payout to the angler catching the biggest bass! The other $5 from your entry fee goes to support Coosa Riverkeeper’s efforts to “Save the Skinny Water!” In spirit of #SavetheSkinnyWater, one rule modification for this online tournament is you can only score fish caught on skinny water (i.e., creeks and small moving rivers – no lakes, ponds, or big river). Even if you don’t win the big prize, your best bass score will count towards your Big Wills Outfitters Angler of the Year score and you’ll have a smile knowing you helped out a good cause.

To register for the July #NAKABIGBASS #SavetheSkinnyWater Tournament, please visit the NAKA registration page. You should also read the NAKA tournament rules, noting the variations for this particular charitable event (50% payout and skinny water requirement). You should also join the Facebook Event page for the tournament. Unique tokens will be sent to paid registrants the evening of June 30th.

While you’re at it, you’d look a lot cooler fishing for spots and redeyes wearing your Coosa Riverkeeper Save the Skinny Water tee! Get out there and enjoy it!