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Portage Lakes

June 8, 2019

Presented by:


To sign up and pay for this event go HERE.


The $35 entry fee includes:

   *$5 Tourney X fee

   *$5  50/50 raffle (click for details)

   *$5 goes to the angler with the longest fish 

   *$20 goes to the top placing anglers 

Guaranteed Payout Schedule

50 anglers                             75 anglers                           100 anglers

1st Place: $                           1st Place: $                          1st Place: $

2nd Place: $                          2nd Place: $                        2nd Place: $

3rd Place: $                           3rd Place: $                         3rd Place: $

Big Fish:                                 Big Fish:                               Big Fish: 

You can see the full payout schedule HERE.

Rules Changes Specific to this Tournament Only

*This event has no captain's meeting and anglers can go directly to eligible water.

*This tournament is a 5 fish limit.

*This tournament is black bass only (Largemouth, Smallmouth, Spotted)

Rules & Format

The other Rules and format for this event can be found HERE

Tournament Day & Identifier

Identifiers can be printed off HERE. The code for the identifier will be released at 9PM on June 7th on Facebook, Tourney X, and Twitter.  An identifier with no code, the wrong code, or codes in the wrong boxes will not be accepted.  If participating in multiple tournaments you can combine codes on a single identifier, but they must be correct and they must be in the correct boxes.

5:00AM - The code for the identifier is released on Tourney X, Facebook & Twitter.


6:00AM - First cast; Anglers may begin fishing.  Any fish caught prior to this time will be DQ'd.


12:00-3:00PM - At some point during this time frame the Tourney X standings will disappear to add a little drama to the final standings.  Once they go dark you will still be able to submit fish.  If you want to verify your fish have been uploaded check the email address you signed up with for Tourney X.  DO NOT CALL OR MESSAGE US.  If you don't receive an email letting you know the fish was submitted then you need to keep trying.  The main reason a fish submission won't upload is because there is no cellular service where you are uploading.  Anglers need to be aware of that and head to a spot with service in enough time to upload. 

3:00PM - Fishing ends and no submissions will be accepted.  If you are unable to upload fish you are required to be back at the measure-in location BEFORE 3PM.  If you arrive after 3PM the fish will be disqualified.


4:00PM - All anglers are required to be at the measure-in located at: 

Fishermans Central

5461 Manchester Road

New Franklin, Ohio 44319

If you do not attend the measure-in:

*You forfeit all rights to the 50/50 cash drawing you entered

*You forfeit all rights to all the raffle prizes that are awarded to anglers who didn't finish in the top 2 (or won big fish).

*You are required to get word to the tournament director:



Eligible Fishing Waters

Portage Lakes - Lake Map & Information

The entire lake is eligible if it appears on the map on the links above.  Any water not on the map is not eligible.  Also any water on the map must be accessible by paddling/pedaling (no dragging)  from the main lake.

Remember, you can only use public access to put in and take out. Do not launch/take-out from Private Property as it will lead to disqualification.



Camping/Meet & Greet

There are a several camping locations within 30 minutes or less of Portage Lakes:

Nimisila Campground: Twenty-nine individual sites are available at the campground, located near the eastern banks of the 800-acre reservoir (5550 Christman Rd., Green). Each campsite has a fire ring and picnic table, and six sites have electricity.   (Most anglers tend to stay here.)

Maple Lakes: Campsites and cabins are available. 

Clays Park: Tent camping, RV park with full hookups, and cabins from rustic to modern deluxe stocked with amenities are available.

Akron Canton Jellystone

Akron Canton Jellystone Park: Campground offers tent and RV sites as well as 8 luxury cabins. Tent units have water and electric and premier full hook-up sites for RVs.


Be sure to make reservations soon, as they may fill up quick!

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.   Most events will have a group of anglers camping at the same location.

Event History

This will be the 2nd visit to Portage Lakes by the Buckeye Kayak Fishing Trail.  Last year Aaron Neff took home the win with a 3 fish 45" total.  Eric Manko and Jeff Gerdemann were hot on his heels and both finished the day at 44.5" totals.

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