LowerGear Kayak Fishing Open - 2023 Series Sign-Ups

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LowerGear Kayak Fishing Open - 2023 Series Sign-Ups

Sign up for all of our free kayak fishing tournament dates in 2023!

By LowerGear Outdoors

When and where


In 2023 - Saguaro, Bartlett and Roosevelt Lakes Tonto National Forest Fort McDowell/Carefree/Roosevelt, AZ 85264

About this event

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LowerGear Outdoors, Arizona's premier kayak fishing store (www.lowergear.com), presents another season of tournament events in our free kayak fishing series and your chance for cash prizes at every event AND a new Outback from Hobie at season end. These outings are lots of fun and it's your chance to win big without much expense - maybe just some gas money and a few lost lures.

The dates, lake locations and estimated times for 2023 are below. All are on Saturday, and all are 6 hours out on the water. The launch location shown is always subject to change by the Tonto Forest Admins, so check www.facebook.com/lowergearkayakfishing for any changes before departing for the lake.

March 4 - Saguaro - Butcher Jones - 6:30 am

April 15 - Roosevelt - Cholla - 6:00am

May 20 - Bartlett - Jojoba Ramp - 5:30 pm (night tournament)

September 16 - Roosevelt - Windy Hill - Ramp TBD - 6:00am

October 14 - Bartlett - Jojoba Ramp - 6:30 am

We'll have a Hobie banner or EZ up near each check-in/camping spot, and launch at first safe light for morning starts. 

Even though it's free entry, top anglers win cash prizes and all participating anglers  (in at least 2 events) are qualified for a drawing for a free Hobie Outback at the end of the season.  The more times you attend, even if you get skunked, the better your odds on winning the Outback! Important - please review all rules and guidelines at https://www.lowergear.com/kayak-fishing-tournaments before registering. 

Signing up here is quick and easy, and by doing so, helps us better plan for the event.   You can sign up for all 5 events here at the same time, but cutoff to register on EventBrite is the day before each event. However, you can still print out a waiver and bring it to the event.  If you're under 18, we need a sign-off by your guardian who must be participating with you. 

A number of us will be camping nearby, and that is always fun - check comments on any of the relevant social pages for where most will camp, but you can certainly drive out the day of as well. Just arrive 45-60 minutes ahead of launch to get unloaded, parked and ready to roll.  Late check-in is sometimes possible as long as an admin is still at the table, but there's no guarantee - in other words, don't be late!

If you have any questions, see the video above and/or give us a call or stop by our store on the SW corner of University and the 101 in Tempe at 480-348-8917.

By registering here, you are agreeing to rules and waiver liability below, so please review carefully.  

I have read and agree to abide by all rules of the tournament.  All can be read at https://www.lowergear.com/kayak-fishing-tournaments.

In consideration of being allowed to participate in any way in the tournament program, its related events and activities, the buyer of this 'ticket', being of at least 18 years of age, acknowledge, appreciate, and agree that:

1. The risk of injury from the activities involved in this program is significant, including the potential for permanent paralysis and death, and while particular skills, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce this risk, the risk of serious injury does exist; and,

2. I KNOWINGLY AND FREELY ASSUME ALL SUCH RISKS, both known and unknown, EVEN IF ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES or others, and assume full responsibility for my participation; and,

3. I willingly agree to comply with the stated and customary terms and conditions for participation. If, however, I observe any unusual significant hazard during my presence or participation, I will remove myself from participation and bring such to the attention of the tournament organizer immediately; and,

4. I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, assigns, personal representatives and next of kin, HEREBY RELEASE, INDEMNIFY, AND HOLD HARMLESS Dallas Shewmaker, Lowergear Outdoors, The Tonto National Forest and their officers, officials, agents and/or employees, other participants, sponsoring agencies, sponsors, advertisers, and, if applicable, owners and lessors of premises used for the activity ("Releasees"), WITH RESPECT TO ANY AND ALL INJURY, DISABILITY, DEATH, or loss or damage to person or property, WHETHER ARISING FROM THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE RELEASEES OR OTHERWISE, to the fullest extent permitted by law.

5. I will wear a PFD at all times while on the water.

6. I will wear a mask and maintain social distance at check-in and post event awards.





Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Must be 18 unless accompanied by guardian who must also sign your waiver.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Call Dallas or Bryce at 480-348-8917


What's the refund policy?

It's free, so 100% satisfaction or your money back!


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No.  But do bring a pen or pencil for your score card.


Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends?

We need to know who you are, so no.

About the organizer

Organized by
LowerGear Outdoors

LowerGear Outdoors is an outdoor gear retailer based in Tempe AZ, offering sales and rentals of kayaks, camping gear, backpacking equipment and related supplies and accessories.  For more information, call 480 348 8917 or visit www.lowergear.com.