Big Slab Crappie Challenge
The Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail kicked off the 2013 season at Indian Lake with the Big Slab Crappie Challenge on May 4th.
The weather was less than desirable with winds at 13 mph and gusts up to 25 mph with open sections of the lake covered in whitecaps.
Participating anglers were forced to fish the protected coves, channels, and pockets within blooming lily pads where they could find them. Even though the conditions were less than ideal 10 anglers were still able to capture their 3 fish limit. Ten of the crappie were 10" or more and the Big Fish pot was awarded to Chase Bateson of Zanesville, OH with a nice 14" Slab.
The event also awarded bonus Trail points for anyone who caught a 16"+ saugeye/walleye and Bob Rusinko of Ashland, OH met this challenge with his nice 17.5" saugeye.
Top 10 finishers:
1. Chase Bateson - Zanesville, OH (3 crappie, 37.5" total)
2. Travis Belcher - Heath, OH (3 crappie, 36.25")
3. Amanda Jones - Peebles, OH (3 crappie, 30.5")
4/5 (tie). Larry Haines - Galloway, OH (3 crappie, 30")
Sean Stone - Peebles, OH (3 crappie, 30")
6. Aarron Saldivar - Dayton, OH (3 crappie, 28.5")
7. Rylan Hayes - Peebles, OH (3 crappie, 27")
8/9 (tie). Neil Farley - Dayton, OH (3 crappie, 26.5")
Jeff Schrader - Huber Heights, OH (3 crappie, 26.5")
10. Jeremy Haycox - Delaware, OH (3 crappie, 26")
7:30am at Lakeside Pro Bass Shop
4:00pm at ***Location will be announced at registration***
(1 inch deducted every 1 minute late)
*Hot dogs and chips will be provided by the Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail committee at the measure-in (bring your own non-alcoholic beverages).
Eligible Fishing Waters
Indian Lake - Entire Lake - Lake Map & Information
$20.00 entry fee with optional $5.00 big fish entry
You can pay at the Check-in location the day of the event or
You can pre-register by clicking HERE
*Crappie only event
*Both live and artificial bait can be used for this event.
*CPR event (Catch, Photo, Release) : Submit photos of your 3
largest crappie at the"Measure-in".
*Anglers who use personal phones as cameras must bring the
appropriate cord to plug in to a USB port. SD cards must be
cleared before the start of the tournament to save time at
*Photo must CLEARLY show ALL of the following
*Length of fish
*Kayak in photo
*Tag given at check-in
1st place 100
2nd place 90
3rd place 80
4th place 70
5th place 60
6th place 50
7th place 40
8th place 30
9th place 20
10th-final place 10
Register & Attend Measure-in 10
Tourney Trail Bonus Points
If you catch a Saugeye 16" or above during this tournament
you will be awarded 40 bonus Trail Points and an additional 10 bonus Trail points if you turn in a photo of the angler in kayak holding fish. These points are added to your total Tourney Trail points and DO NOT factor into this events final standings. (Only one bonus fish counts)
*Anglers must adhere to ALL Ohio Fishing and Boating Regulations
*All photos submitted are property of the BKFT and may be used on future media.
Indian Lake State Park : Very nice and wide open campground with 400+ electric campsites. Several of the sites are actually on the main Lake or canals off the lake.