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River vs. Lake Showdown

July 16, 2016

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$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


Start-End Time

7:00AM - 3:00PM

(1 inch deducted for every minute late at measure-in)


Start Location

Strictly Sail 

10766 Kenwood Rd.

Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

(513) 984-1907


Winton Woods Lake

Lakeview Dr - Parking Lot in front of the Kayak/Canoe Launch

Cincinnati, Ohio


End Location

Strictly Sail 

10766 Kenwood Rd.

Cincinnati, Ohio 45242

(513) 984-1907


Eligible Fishing Waters


Little Miami River - River Map

Start: Fort Ancient Access (Feature #33 on the map)

End: Ohio River



Winton Woods Lake - Park Information, Lake Map

Sharon Woods Lake - Park Information, Lake Map

Miami Whitewater Forest Lake - Park Information, Lake Map



Rules that govern all Trail events can be found HERE



Over $300 worth of prizes donated by Stritly Sail 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!


Their are multiple locations for camping near Cincinnati, but here are a couple favorites:

1. Winton Woods

2. Morgan's Outdoor Adventure


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. 


Event History

This event was new in 2013 and mother nature decided to help determine how the event would play out.  Massive flooding hit the Dayton area and all the water blew out all the rivers going south into Cincinnati thus making the event the Lake Challenge dropping the 'vs. River' from the name and eligible fishing waters.  The lakes that were available to fish were Winton Woods and East Fork with mother nature deciding to dish out another challenge to participating anglers.  A massive algae outbreak the previous day turned East Fork to pea soup and made for a very tough day for most anglers fishing the lake.  The top 5 all came from Winton Woods with Bob Lauber being the lone angler placing that fished at East Fork.  In the end, eventual 2013 & 2014 Angler of the Year tied in first place with Larry Haines.


2015 produced some big totals with Brent Jones edging out Chris Hannegan by a mere .5".  Lakes diffently prevailed over the rivers. 

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