Big Slab Crappie Challenge
Indian Lake, April 30, 2016
$20 entry fee with optional $5 big fish entry.
100% of the money is paid out to the participating anglers. To sign up for this event be at the 'Start Location' listed below between 6:45AM and 7:00AM
7:00AM - 3:00PM
(1 inch deducted for every minute late at measure-in)
11051 North SR 235
Eligible Fishing Waters
Indian Lake - Entire lake - Lake Map & Information
Rules that govern all Trail events can be found HERE
*This event is a crappie only event
*Both live and artifical bait can be used for only this event
Over $300 worth of prizes donated by Lakeside Pro Bass Shop will be raffled! Prizes will be raffled off to all anglers who didn't win 1st place, 2nd place, or win big fish. It is the goal of the Trail to give all participants who attend a shot at prizes and not just those who take the top spots, so be sure to attend the measure-in even if you had a tough day locating fish!
2016 will mark BKFT's 4th stop at Indian Lake for the Big Slab Crappie Challenge. In past years the weather has 100% dictated where the anglers have searched for big slabs. In 2013, the wind was gusting 25+ mph and forced anglers into many of the coves and channels to find the bite. Chase Bateson came out on top with a 3 fish total of 37.5" and a monster 14" slab that won big fish. The top 5 in 2013 all eclipsed the 30" mark.
In 2014 anglers not only dealt with wind, but near freezing temperatures. The crappie were slow biting early on in the day and once the sun hit and temperatures warmed up the bite really picked up. In the end, Jeff Bennett made a late push and captured another BKFT 1st place finish with new face on the Trail, Brock Spencer, taking home 2nd place and big fish with a 11.75" slab. In 2015 weather cooperated which brought out a record amount of anglers. Sean Stone found the winning pattern with 35.5" to edge out Jim Martin (35") and Jeff Bennett (34.75").
Camping/Meet & Greet
Indian Lake State Park has 400+ electric campsites. The campground has many sites located right on the banks of the lake. Many of those sites will be empty this time of the year and allow for easy launching for the tournament after registration. Often times large groups of anglers will camp Friday night before the event as well as through the weekend.
The measure-in is also a good oppurtunity to meet & greet fellow kayak anglers of all skill levels and talk about our mutual love of kayak fishing.
Be sure to join the Buckeye Nation Kayak Anglers group on Facebook to see what anglers are planning for each event.