Crappie USA celebrates its 25th Anniversary of providing competitive fishing to crappie anglers in 2021. Anglers will travel from across the country to compete on Crescent Lake, Crescent City, FL for the January 8, 2022 event as part of the CUSA Winter Series.
The event is presented by Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s and hosted by Putnam County Tourism in Palatka FL and the city of Crescent City, FL. Anglers will be vying for a payout equal to 100% of entry fees. By fishing this event anglers automatically qualify for the Winter Championship. The top 3 teams in each division qualify for the 2022 classic.
Anglers fishing the event will be testing their crappie fishing skills against other anglers and whatever Mother Nature has to offer.
Crescent Lake is known for its abundant population of beautiful black crappies. Two-pound specks are not unusual in the 13 miles long by 3 miles wide lake. Anglers new to the lake will discover that it is relatively shallow, averaging 10 to 12 feet deep.
With legal waters for the Winter Series event as Crescent and Dead Lake up to the St. Johns River anglers will find plenty of water to investigate. Crescent Lake lends itself to just about any method of fishing. Historically it has produced extremely well for long lining anglers. Pre-fishing is encouraged but must stop at midnight before the tournament.
How to Enter
Teams may consist of one or two anglers, with a third member allowed if the angler is under the age of 16 years old. Early registration can be accomplished on the CUSA website. Teams may also enter by calling (502) 384-5924 or by entering at the mandatory pre-tournament seminar on the night before the tournament begins. Entry fees vary by the length of the tournament. All fees are posted on the website linked above. Late entries are subject to a $25.00 late fee.
Participating anglers must be a member of the American Crappie Association (ACA).
Sign up at crappieusa.com where the various levels of membership are available. Each membership will include a subscription to the Crappie Digest, the official publication of Crappie USA, and one of the top crappie fishing publications in the nation.
Registration and Seminar
Late registration and a pre-tournament seminar will be held the day before the tournament at City Hall, 3 Summit Street, Crescent City, FL.
Late Sign-in begins at 5:00 pm and runs until 6:00 pm when the seminar begins. This seminar is open to the public. Those not fishing the event are encouraged to attend this meeting and meet some of the region’s top crappie anglers.
The Weigh-In Site
The tournament weigh-in will be held at the boat ramp located at 105 Cypress Avenue, Crescent City, FL. Fishing hours are 6:30 am to 3:00 pm and all anglers are required to be in line by 4:00 pm. This is the perfect opportunity for non-competitors to learn how the big ones are caught. Interviews of the top 5 teams are conducted following the weigh-in.
Tournament Host and Lodging Site
Crappie USA welcomes all anglers and their guests to the area and invites them to take the opportunity to enjoy the local attractions.
Lodging is provided by Lakeview Motel, 1004 N. Summit Street, Crescent City, FL (386-698-1090) and Georgia Boys Fish Camp, 217 Butler Drive, Satsuma, FL (386-325-7764). The number of rooms in the area may be limited. It is recommended that participants make their reservations early.
Crappie USA “Free Crappie Kids Rodeo”
A FREE Crappie Kids Fishing Rodeo will be held in conjunction with the tournament at the weigh-in site. An adult must accompany all participating children. The event is free to all children 12 years of age and under.
Crappie USA is happy to announce a new headline sponsor of our Kids Fishing Rodeos, DMF Bait Company (DMF) will be presenting the kids’ events on the trail and because of them, the annual scholarships will be increased to $10,000 beginning with the 2022 Classic.
Sign up for the Kids Rodeo is Saturday at 8:00 am with fishing from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. 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. All participants are eligible for a chance to win one of the six, Crappie USA $1,000.00 scholarships. The scholarships are awarded annually at the CUSA Classic. To date, more than $379,000.00 in scholarships have been awarded.
The Winter Series Classic
The CUSA Winter Series Classic Championship will be held January 14th – 15th on the St. Johns River out of Deland, FL. It will feature a guaranteed payout of $15,000. See the CUSA website listed below for details.
National Sponsors of Crappie USA are Bass Pro Shops Cabela’s, Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Mustad Hooks, Gamma, B’n’M Poles, Driftmaster Rod Holders, Ego Nets, Brushpile Crappie, Charlie Brewer Slider, Crappie Now Magazine, Jenko Fishing, Crappie Magnet, EFX Graphics, Fin n’ Frames, Crown Trophy, Richland Environmental Solutions, Yeti, Catch Some Relief, Cut Throat Jigs, Bass Tank, Brushpile Fishing, Everhart Outdoors, Cumberland Crappie, JR Madd Breading, Freaky Franks Tackle, Bubba Blade, Flambeau, Smooth Moves Seats, Rejuvenade, Power-Pole, Millennium Marine, Crockett Creek Beef Jerky, Pesky Bug Repellant, Costa Del Mar, Daisy Air Rifles, Garmin, HH Rods and Reels, and Beatdown Outdoors.