As the sport of kayak fishing continues to grow in the Midwest, Michigan has been void of a sound tournament series to date. That is until 2016. Both the Michigan Kayak Fishing Series and KATS - Midwest will give kayak anglers in Southwest and Southeast Michigan, several options to participate. The MKFS kicks off on May 7th on Gull Lake, Richland, MI and KATS - Midwest on May 14th on Kent Lake, Brighton, Michigan. The Michigan Kayak Fishing Series will span 6 events concluding September 17th on Burt Lake, Indian River, Michigan. KATS - Midwest will have 3 events, a 4th, the Border City Classic will qualify for points towards the KATS - Midwest AOY. The final event for KATS - Midwest will be on September 24th, Cass Lake, Keego Harbor, Michigan.
KATS - Midwest is an extension of the popular KATS that is held throughout Texas for the past 10 years and is the result of the recent merger aquisition of Austin Canoe & Kayak by Summit Sports. The information can be found on the FishKATS.com website and will be run very similar to how KATS Texas has been run.
Considering that that Michigan has the most shoreline of any other state and is a close 2nd to Minnesota for the number of named lakes, it is no surprise to see how fast the sport of kayak fishing is growing in the Wolverine State.