2017 Sun Valley Sports Tournament Series Schedule
Our 2017 season opener is right around the corner! Check back here or on Facebook for updates as details of each event are released and the registration for the events is available.
April 15 – Lake James – Angola
We’ll be starting our season in Northeast Indiana at the beautiful natural lakes of Lake James, Jimmerson Lake, Snow Lake, Big Otter Lake, Little Otter Lake, and Marsh Lake. Our tournament headquarters will be located at the former Bledsoe’s Beach with allowable launch locations there and the public ramps on Jimmerson, Big Otter, and Marsh. For more information and to register for the event, visit the TourneyX Event Page. To participate in discussion about the event, visit the Facebook Event Page.
May 13 – Morse Reservoir – Noblesville
It’s been a few years, but we’re going back to Morse Reservoir this year! Tournament headquarters will be at Morse Lake Marina located at 20999 Hague Rd, Noblesville, IN 46062. Allowable launch locations will be at the Marina (a launch fee may be charged by the Marina), Red Bridge Park, and Morse Beach. To register for the even, visit the TourneyX Event Page and for more discussion visit the Facebook Event Page.
July 15 – Wabash River – Lafayette
A new venue for us this year! River events are always fun, and this one shouldn’t be any different. More details soon!
August 19 – White River – Indianapolis and north
This event has been our most popular for the last two years and it’s sure to continue that trend. More details soon, but expect it to be very similar to last year’s event.
September 16 – Geist Reservoir – Fishers
Of course we’re returning to this Central Indiana big bass factory! This time in a different season…
Indiana Kayak Anglers Announces Sun Valley Sports as 2017 Series Sponsor
INDIANA STATEWIDE – Indiana Kayak Anglers would like to announce their new partnership with Sun Valley Sports as the title sponsor for the 2017 Tournament Series. With this partnership all administrative costs for the events will be covered, allowing 100% of the angler’s fees to be applied to prize payout. Sun Valley Sports will also contribute funds to assist with marketing and promotional costs for 2017.
Indiana Kayak Anglers uses a system provided by TourneyX.com to manage their catch-photo-release events. In 2016 this cost was passed along to each angler. Now, with the support of Sun Valley Sports, anglers will no longer have to pay this expense at each event. Additionally, Sun Valley Sports will help cover costs for printing of promotional material and trade show booth space.
The financial assistance from Sun Valley Sports will help Indiana Kayak Anglers continue along its path of significant growth. In the inaugural 2015 season for Indiana Kayak Anglers we averaged 23.5 anglers per event with participation by 65 unique anglers. In 2016, we averaged 48 anglers per event by 138 unique anglers representing an event average growth rate of 104% and a unique angler growth rate of 112%. With Sun Valley Sports as a title sponsor Indiana Kayak Anglers will be positioned to handle future growth.
Sun Valley Sports, located at 8418 Castleton Corner Dr, Indianapolis, is Indiana’s newest and Central Indiana’s only Hobie Kayak dealer. They’re also a retailer of other action sports equipment. They can be reached by calling 317-577-5500 or visiting sunvalleysportsindy.com.
Indiana Kayak Anglers is an organization founded in 2015 dedicated to promoting the sport of kayak fishing in the state of Indiana. The 2017 Sun Valley Sports Tournament Series will consist of 5 regular season events a 1 season-ending championship event. For more information about the organization and the 2017 season, visit indianakayakanglers.com.
Our 2016 season is a wrap!
With the help of our many sponsors, we held 5 successful events this year on rivers and lakes throughout much of Indiana. But what really tells the story of the popularity of kayak fishing in Indiana is the numbers.
Looking at the average number of anglers per event, 2015 saw 23.5 while in 2016 our events averaged 48 anglers representing a growth rate of 104%.
In 2015, we saw participation in events by 65 unique anglers throughout the season. In 2016, that number grew to 138, a growth rate of 112%.
So what does this all mean? This means that 2017 could be even bigger! We’re planning earlier this year for the 2017 season and would appreciate feedback and suggestions from our anglers. Additionally, we’d love to hear from retailers and manufacturers that would like to join us on this journey and support our efforts to continue this path of growth in Indiana. Visit the contact us page to send us a note or join in discussion on our Facebook Group page with over 1000 members!