Crappie USA Tournament Returning To Patoka Lake

Patoka Lake (Local Sources) – Crappie USA, “America’s Premier National Crappie Fishing Tournament Organization” will return to Indiana’s Patoka Lake May 14, 2016. This is the opportunity for local anglers to compete for cash, prizes and a chance to advance to the 2016 Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic.

A total of 54 teams will qualify to compete at The Classic event that will be held October 27 – 29, 2016 on Kentucky & Barkley Lakes at Paris, Tennessee. Be sure to check out our website at: and like our Crappie USA Tournament Trail Facebook Page. Both sites contain new and exciting information on our events along with special information for crappie anglers everywhere.

Registration and Seminar – A pre-tournament seminar will be held on Friday evening May 13th at the Jasper Inn and Conference Center, 951 Wernsing Road (off US 231) in Jasper. Sign up will begin at 5:00pm with the meeting and a National Sponsor Field Test Product Drawing starting at 7:00pm local time. This seminar is open to the public. For those not fishing the event, we encourage you to come out to this meeting and meet the top crappie anglers in the region.

The Weigh In Site – The tournament weigh-in will be held on Saturday the 14th at Hoosier Hills Marina, 10306 E. Lick Fork Marina Road in Celestine beginning at 3:00pm. This is the perfect opportunity for non-competitors to come and learn how the big ones are caught. Interviews of the top 5 teams will be conducted after the weigh in.

Sponsor and Host Lodging Site – The Dubois County Indiana Visitors Center welcomes all Crappie USA anglers and their guest to the area and hope they take the opportunity to enjoy the many attractions. For more information
on the area call: (800) 968-4578 or visit their website at: Host lodging for the event will be the Jasper Inn and Conference Center, 951 Wernsing Road (off US 231), in Jasper.  For reservations please call (812) 482-5555. Rooms may be limited so make your reservations early and mention Crappie USA.

How to Enter – You can enter our tournaments by filling out and sending in an entry form or by registering on our
website at before the deadline listed on the form. Teams may also enter at the pre-tournament seminar on Thursday night. All late entries will be subject to a $25.00 late fee.

ACA membership is required to fish in our tournaments and a space is provided on our entry form for you to become a member. Teams may consist of one or two partners. Teams may have a third partner if third partner is under the age of 16. Pole limits for three-partner teams will be the same as two-partner teams.

Entry fees in all qualifying tournaments are $125.00 per team in the Amateur Division and $250.00 in the Professional Division. There is an optional $20.00 (Per Team) Big Fish Pot. All participants must be a member of the American Crappie Association to fish in these events. American Crappie Association membership is $25.00 for adults and $10.00 for spouse and youth memberships. Each membership will include a subscription to the official publication of Crappie USA, one of the top crappie fishing publications in the nation.

Kayak Division – Kayak anglers compete against other Kayak anglers only. Entry fee $50.00. There is an optional $20.00 Big Fish Pot. For individual anglers, one angler per Kayak. People powered Kayaks only, no motors. PFD to be worn at all times while on the water. Three (3) live fish limit. Scoring will be by the C.P.R. method, (catch, photo, release). Awards in the Kayak division will be 100% of entry fees, paid to the top three places. Big Fish in the Kayak division will pay back 100% of the Big Fish Pot. Awards in the Kayak division at the Classic will be completely rigged Kayaks and cash to the top 20% of the Kayak field. Top three placing Kayak anglers at local and super events will advance to the Classic in the Kayak division. ACA membership is required to fish Crappie USA event.

Crappie USA “Free Crappie Kids Rodeo” – Held in conjunction with the tournament will be the Crappie Kids Fishing Rodeo to be held Saturday morning at Hoosier Hills Marina, Inc., 10306 E. Lick Fork Marina Road in Celestine.

Sign up for the Kids Rodeo will be at 8:00am with the rodeo from 9:00am till 11:00am. The Crappie USA Kids Fishing Rodeo is a chance for children of the area to get out and enjoy nature, do a little fishing and win some prizes. The event is free to all children 12 and under with all participants eligible for a chance to win one of the six, Crappie USA $1,000.00 scholarships to be awarded at the 2016 Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic.

Crappie USA and our anglers have contributed nearly $334,000.00 to the “Crappie Kids” Scholarships since 1997. We are very proud to be a part of the education process for the youngsters who participate in our tournaments as adult/youth teams and those who fish in the Crappie USA “Kids Fishing Rodeos”.

The Crappie Kids Free Fishing Rodeo has grown in many cities to be a major attraction drawing as many as 350 or more children from surrounding areas to compete for prizes and the chance to win one of the six $1,000.00 “Crappie Kids” Scholarships. All participating children must be accompanied by an adult.

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