Highlighting this month’s bass tournaments is the Pennsylvania Kayak Fishing Association tourney that will be held on the river in conjunction with the Wyoming Valley Riverfest on June 21. Like all kayak events, the tournament is a catch-photo-release format where bass are held against a ruler, photographed and released back into the river.
The PKFA recently joined the Suskie Bassmasters and the Riverfest tourney is their first bass tournament venture in the Wilkes-Barre area. All proceeds from the tournament will be donated to the Riverfront Parks Committee.
“We’re a service-based organization that’s all about giving back to the community and the natural resource,” said PKFA president John Oast. “Riverfest is a great event that helps spread the word about the river, and we’re happy to be a part of it.”
Oast said the kayakers will launch from the Nesbitt Park boat launch at 7:30 a.m. and fish until 2 p.m. While there, those attending Riverfest are welcome to talk to Oast and other anglers about kayak fishing.
“Whenever I launch my kayak from a public boat launch, I always have someone come up to me to ask about fishing from a kayak,” Oast said. “We love talking about the benefits of kayak fishing and Riverfest is a good way to get the word out.”
Upcoming area bass tournaments (If you would like to add a tournament to the list or report the results of a tournament, email Tom Venesky at email@example.com - standings will begin to be published next Sunday)
The Suskie Bassmasters will host a Wednesday tournament each week on the Susquehanna River beginning June 18. The tournament will be held at the boat launch in Nesbitt Park and registration begins at 4:30 p.m. Launch is at 6 p.m. and weigh-in is at 9 p.m. For more information, visit:
The Harveys Lake Wednesday Night Bass Tournament will run weekly, from June 18 to Sept. 10. The championship round will include the top 30 anglers based on total weight over 12 weeks and will be worth $1,200. The lunker tournament (each angler weighing one fish) will begin at 6 p.m. with weigh-in at 9 p.m. at the launch. Registration is at 4:30 p.m. Entry fee is $15 with a one-time $10 fee to be eligible for the championship round. For more information, call Duke Dalley at 991-0080 or visit http://dukedalley.wix.com/hlwnbt.
PA Bass Bandits will hold the following tournaments this summer (for more information visit www.bassbandits.com or www.nepafishing.com):
June 15 at Francis Slocum Lake, 6 a.m. to noon
June 28-29 at Oneida Lake in New York, 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
July 6 at Prompton Lake, 6 a.m. to noon
July 20 at Lake Winola, 6 a.m. to noon
July 27 at Duck Harbor, 6 a.m. to noon
Aug. 10 at Lackawanna State Park, 6 a.m. to noon
Sept. 7 at Lake Wallenpaupack (Mangan Cove), 6 a.m. to noon
Spet. 14 at White Oak Pond, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Spet. 28 at Promised Land State Park (Burley inlet launch), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Oct. 5 at Lake Carey, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Oct. 12 at Lake Wallenpaupack (championship), 1 a.m. to 1 p.m.
PA Bass Casters will host the following open buddy tournaments this summer (for more information call Dan at 570-762-1469):
June 22 at Harveys Lake, safe light until 1 p.m. at the PFBC boat launch, five-fish limit
July 6 at Lake Carey, safe light until 1 p.m. at Frank’s Marina, five-fish limit
Pennsylvania Kayak Fishing Association will hold three tournaments this summer (for more information, visit www.pkfa.org):
June 21 - Wyoming Valley Riverfest Charity Kayak Fishing Tournament, 7:30 a.m. at Nesbitt Park
July 19 - Susquehana Jamma Kayak Fishing Tournament, 7:30 a.m. in Tunkhannock
July 27 - Second Annual Shickshinny Kayak Fishing Tournament (Suskie Slamma with separate powerboat and kayak division)
Kayak-Anglers.com will hold the following tournaments this summer (for more information, visit www.kayak-anglers.com):
June 22 at Lily Lake
July 12 at Tunkhannock
Aug. 2 at Brady’s Lake
Aug. 23 at Bloomsburg
Sept. 13 at Shohola/Lake Greeley
Oct. 4 at Harveys Lake
The Nanticoke Conservation Club will hold a Susquehanna River Bass Tournament on Saturday, June 28 from 6 a.m. to noon at the boat launch on the Hunlock Creek Access along state Route 11 in Union Township. Registration begins at 5 a.m. Entry fee is $25 per person with a $10 lunker option. For more information visit www.nanticokeconservationclub.com.
A bass tournament will be held on Sunday, June 22 at Blytheburn Lake on Blytheburn Road in Mountain Top from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Entry fee is $40 per team and the tournament is limited to 10 boats. Reservations are being accepted. Additional bass tournaments will be held on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, Sept. 14. For more information call 570-868-6895 or 570-678-5261.