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Crappie anglers converge on Lake Cumberland for $125,000 tourney


    Commonwealth Journal


  • Oct 4, 2018
Crappie anglers converge on Lake Cumberland for $125,000 tourney


TEAM D&M, comprised of Todd Dalton (left) and Rob Massey, is one local fishing team participating in the 2018 Cabela's Crappie USA Classic on Lake Cumberland this weekend.     


As many as 175 boats will be on Lake Cumberland this weekend as part of the 2018 Cabela's Crappie USA Classic.

The tournament is billed as "America's Premier National Crappie Fishing Tournament" with up to 350 anglers -- in two-member teams from 15 different states -- having qualified to compete for a guaranteed $125,000 in cash and other prizes. According to Michelle Allen, Executive Director of Somerset-Pulaski County Convention & Visitors Bureau, the Classic is returning to Lake Cumberland for the second time.

"The Somerset-Pulaski County Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomes all Cabela's Crappie USA anglers and guests to Lake Cumberland," Allen stated. "This event brings a large economic impact not only to our community, but the surrounding communities located on or near Lake Cumberland."


The annual event was first held locally in 2014 with weigh-ins at the General Burnside Island State Park. This year, weigh-ins will be at Pulaski County Park both Friday and Saturday beginning at 3 p.m. Registration begins today at noon, with the competition getting underway at 6:30 a.m. Friday morning. Interviews will be conducted with the top five teams after each weigh-in -- a perfect opportunity for non-competitors to learn how the big ones are caught.

The little ones can learn for themselves by participating in the Crappie Kids Fishing Rodeo scheduled for Saturday morning at Ruckel's Pay Lake and Restaurant in Eubank. Held in conjunction with the tournament, the rodeo is free and open to children 12 and under, who have a chance to win one of six Crappie USA $1,000 scholarships to be awarded at the Cabela's Crappie USA Classic. Signups start at 8 a.m. with the rodeo lasting from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. All participating children must be accompanied by an adult.

Lake Cumberland has been the scene for several Crappie USA events in recent years, including a one-day event in April. The Crappie USA 2018 Tournament Trail began last February in Riverside, Alabama and included 16 events (in Alabama, North Carolina, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Tennessee and Ohio) held throughout the year for competitors to earn points to qualify for the Classic.


Allen is excited about the prospect of luring the organization back for future events, saying, "Let's be sure to welcome these anglers to our community so we may get them back in 2022!"

The Somerset-Pulaski CVB is hosting the 2018 Classic with local sponsors that include Bait 2 GO, Holiday Inn Express, Lake Cumberland Outdoors Pro Bass Shop, Lost Lodge Resort, Motel 6 and Woodson Bend Resort.


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