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"Ozarkana" presented by Old Town  Watercraft

    Poplar Bluff, MO

    July 12-13, 2024

@ The Historic Rodgers Theater


Poplar Bluff is known as "the gateway to the Ozarks" because it really is the first town you get to when heading across the Mississippi River floodplain westward. Everything north & west is considered Ozarks, while south and eastward is the floodplain. However, both areas hold good numbers and sizeable bass that the KAS anglers will soon find out!

The main storyline to watch will be which direction the anglers head to get the job done. The flood plain may not be as "scenic," but the Ketch measuring board doesn't discriminate. When we unite in the Rodgers Theater for the Awards Show the winner will be the longest 5 regardless of which side of the town they came from!

The Rodgers Theater opened in 1918 and is currently being renovated in order to be ready for the KAS in 2024! Seating over 1000, let's see how full we can get this place! 

Ozarkana Waters

A tale of two different geographic zones - Ozark mountain lakes and streams vs Mississippi River flood plain rivers and lakes. 

"Ozarkana" Basic Event Information (scroll down for hour by hour itenirary & more detailed info)
*(if) any ch
anges are made on this page after it goes live, that could affect the competition portion of the event, they will be updated & kept red for 1 year

Tournament Dates:  July 12 & 13th                                                Official Kayak Sponsor for "Ozarkana"

Tournament Week: July 7-14th 

Host City/ies: Poplar Bluff, MO -

River/Lakes:  Lake Wappapello {} Clearwater Lake {} Duck Creek Conservation Area {} Mingo Creek & Wildlife Refuge {} Current River {} Black River {} St. Francis River  {} Castor River & any free flowing tributaries into those core bodies of water

---  Scroll down this page for detailed map w/ boundaries & preview video.

Registration/Divisions: (Scoring powered by the "Realtree Fishing Realtime Leaderboard powered by TourneyX

Other Awards (ways to win): 

  • MoYak Kayak Series joint event: 

  • Check out Kayak Anglers of Missouri and their online July Freedom 2 event that you can enter. 

  • Boonedox Big Bass: Receives the KAS Big Bass Bling  trophy & choice of Boonedox product ($500) Also receive a $250 Yak Attack gift card. 

  • GoPro's Epic Edit Award:  Best edit of the previous KAS tournament to be shown on the theater big screen as a "preview" during awards

  • Crosskix Century Belt:  All anglers who catch 100+ inches at a tournament will receive a century belt award on stage

  • "Tackle for Trash" presented by Missouri Stream Team Angler/s w/ unique trash collected wins $100 gift card to Omnia Fishing

  • Raffle Kayak/s: Old Town Sportsman 120 -  Proceeds going towards Pediatric Cancer through the PUNT Foundation.

  • Day 2 Darkhorse: presented by, who else, Darkhorse Tackle: Angler who jumps most places from Day 1 to Day 2 wins subscription

  • Crescent Kids Kayak: The top youth at each event will win a Crescent kayak, thanks to Crescent Kayaks5 Star Heating & Air

  • Aggressively Average Anglers "Average Joe": Angler who finished dead middle of the pack receives gear from Aggressively Average Anglers. 

Opening Ceremonies  Haffy's Sports Bar & Grill 336 Vine St, Poplar Bluff, MO (5-7pm)  THURSDAY 

Kayak Fishing Faith Fellowship: @ Haffy's Sports Bar & Grill (6:15-6:30pm)  THURSDAY 

Bass U Brunch, presented by Bass University: @ Haff Whiskey Saloon 309 S Broadway St, Poplar Bluff, MO (10-12:30pm)  FRIDAY 

  • 10:00 am - breakfast is served - social time.

  • 10:45-11:25 am - Drew Gregory  "River Bassin Secrets I don't want to divulge" 

  • 11:30-12:00 pm - Jeff Little "Traveling the Country to Fish on the Cheap"

  • 12:05-12:25 pm - Jake Heppner GoPro your Kayak to Capture the Moment

Closing Ceremonies Festival (Games, Kayak Demos, Food etc)Haffy's Sports Bar & Grill 336 Vine St, Poplar Bluff, MO (3-5:30pm)  SATURDAY 

Closing Ceremonies (Awards Show): Historic Rodgers Theater @ 204 N Broadway St, Poplar Bluff, MO  (6pm)  SATURDAY 

Closing Ceremonies (Afterparty):  @ Haff Whiskey Saloon from  (7:30-11pm)  SATURDAY 

KAS Friends & Family Excursion (Sat Morning during event): TDB  SATURDAY 

Kayak Demos: @ Wiseman Park (free 2-min shuttle from Festival) courtesy of Eco Fishing Shop & Midwest Kayak Co. (3-5:30pm)  SATURDAY 

Recommended Lodging/Camping: {}  *Holiday Inn Poplar Bluff* < Booking Link (Official Hotel Partner)  {} Fairfield Inn & Suites < Booking Link (Official Hotel Partner) The Camp at Lake Wappapello {} Chaonia Landing Resort {} Sam A Baker State Park {} 

Recommended Fishing/Kayak Retailers: Eco-Fishing Shop {} Midwest Kayak Co. {} Godwin's 303 {} Dunhams Outdoors

Recommended Restaurants/bars: Haffy's Sports Bar & Grill  {} Haff Whiskey Saloon  {} Mimi's (lunch) {} Myrtle's Place {} King David's Brewery Winery {} Foxtrot Coffee {} Wine Rack {} Big Whiskey's {} Castello's 

Recommended Non-fishing Activities / Sites to see: Ozark Trail {} Big Springs {} Mingo Wildlife Refuge {} Greer Spring {} Alley Mill {} The Landing (tubing) {} Eco Bluff State Park (hikes, wild horses) {} Elephant Rocks {} Johnson Shut in State Park

Supporting Local Riverkeepers: Missouri Stream Team & Missouri Smallmouth Alliance

Supporting Charity: Pediatric Cancer through PUNT Foundation & Downtown Poplar Bluff Inc 

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Historic Rodgers Theater

        Location of the Closing Ceremony Awards Show

"Ozarkana" Detailed Itinerary

January 24th

January 24th

June 27-July 11th 

July 7th  

July 8th  

July 11   

July 12th

July 13th

July 14th 

  Early registration begins

  Official Preview Livestream/Podcast on the Kayak Adventure Series YouTube Channel

  Pre-fishing window begins (max of 4 days on the water within this 2-week window)

  Early registration ends

  Late Registration begins (ends July 11) no registration gift bag
 Thursday - Opening Ceremony Social 

 5:00pm - Check in & late registration begins @ Haffy's Sports Bar & Grill 

 5:00pm - Merch tents & yard games open, food & drinks available inside Haffy's

 5:00pm - Pre-fishing ends (must be off water)

 6:30pm - Check in & late Registration ends

 6:30pm - Last chance rules Q&A session

 7:00pm - whenever:  Food, drinks, music, games at Haffys - HAVE FUN!

 Friday - "Afternoon Sesh"  4-hour afternoon sesh to get the tournament started

AM: Rigging, shuttling, exploring, scouting etc all allowed - NO LAUNCHING or FISHING

10:00am - Bass U Brunch @ Half Whiskey Saloon 

2:30pm - Launching, paddling, pedaling, motoring allowed (no fishing). "Check in" on TourneyX app

3:00pm - Your "Afternoon Sesh" lines in; tournament weekend officially begins

7:00pm - Lines out; day 1 fishing ends

8:30pm - All fish submission photos due

8:00pm - 8:30pm - LIVE Day 1 recap & Day 2 ID released

 Saturday - "Send it Saturday" presented by Uncle Larry's Outdoors #neverendthesend

5:00am - Launching, paddling, pedaling, motoring allowed (no fishing)

5:30am - Lines in ; tournament day 2 officially begins

10:00am - official family, friends & fans activity/meetup (TBD)

3:00pm - Bounce houses, merch tents & yard games open @ Haffy's Outside Beer Garden area

3:00pm - Lines out, day 2 fishing ends

3:00pm - 4:00pm - Don't forget to check out on Tourney X

4:15pm - All fish submission photos due

5:30pm - Closing Ceremony Festival ends; head to Rodgers Theater for Closing Ceremony Awards

5:50pm - "Previews" begin in theater 

6:00-7:15pm - Closing Ceremony Awards @ Rodgers Theater

7:20pm - Winner/s photos behind photo backdrop

7:25pm - Winners press conference/livestream
7:30pm until the night ends - Afterparty back @ Haff Whiskey Saloon

  - Travel Safe...see you at the next adventure

Haffy's Sportsbar & Grill

Location of the Opening & Closing Ceremony Socials