The Park N Pole - simple yet effective!
Along with extra clutter on deck, I don't really like using anchors either and in the river they are an accident waiting to happen. Drag chains are a nice improvement on flowing waters, but they can also be a pain in the butt. For me, the answer was the Park N Pole. There are now two versions, the 6- and 8-footer. They float, are made of extremelly durable poly-plastic, and have a handle on one end for folks who like to pole. The other end is a point that you can jam into the ground. I use the pole a few different ways.
On lakes, I like to start shallow and move deeper as needed. Given that lakes can often be windy, I like to use the Park N Pole to quickly anchor on prime, shallow spots. I jam the pole down through a scupper in the bottom of my Malibu Stealth. I can also set-up to fish deeper water and points in the same manner.
On rivers, I use the Park N Pole to effectively set-up and fish push-water, key areas, and eddy lines. One of my favorite uses is to float down through a rapid, swing my boat around, and stick the Park N Pole into the river bottom right on the edge of the eddy line.
The Park N Pole was perfect for catching Suwannee bass in windy conditions this spring
BASS Slam trips I beat the tar out of my Park N Pole. It has some scratches, but has held up impressively well. If you are looking for a good anchor pole for your yak or other small watercraft, then I highly recommend you check it out. Tight lines!