Crappie anglers from several states will travel to the KY & Barkley Lakes at Paris, Tennessee for a Crappie USA Tournament Trail event presented by Bass Pro Shops Cabela’s. Unlike other CUSA events, the Mega Bucks anglers compete in only one division.

This two-day competition is designed to satisfy the more competitive angler’s desire to compete on a higher level. All anglers will compete in the same division. Local and traveling anglers will be vying for cash, prizes and an opportunity to compete at the 2020 Crappie USA Classic. Due to the loss of some events this spring to the COVID-19 outbreak CUSA will be qualifying 40 teams for the Classic from this event.

Anglers fishing the June 26-27 Mega Bucks event will be testing their crappie fishing skills against top level anglers and whatever Mother Nature has in store. The entry fee is $375 with a guaranteed payback of $25,000. As the boat numbers rise, so does the payout.

Organizers expect the Kentucky Lake and Barkley Lake event to be a popular stop on the 2020 trail with a payback that rises above the guaranteed $25,000.

Barkley and Kentucky lakes are strewn with both natural and man-made structure for anglers to target. Traveling anglers can find this structure with their electronics and use their favorite crappie fishing method to tempt the fish. Organizers expect a good bite for this event.

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 at

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 length of tournament. All fees are posted on the website linked above. Late entries are subject to a $25 late fee.

Participating anglers must be a member of the American Crappie Association.

Sign up at where the various levels of membership are available. Each membership will include a subscription to the Outdoor Journal, the official publication of Crappie USA, and one of the top crappie fishing publications in the nation.

Coronavirus response

Anglers will sign up at registration, be given a copy of guidelines for social distancing, be given a copy of the rules, and be given their weigh-in voucher. At that point, they will leave the registration site.

At the weigh-in, social distancing will be maintained in the weigh-in line and only allow a few teams at a time will be allowed to be in the line. Other anglers can wait in vehicles and boats. All staff will be wearing facemasks and we encourage all anglers and spectators to do the same.

Registration and seminar

Late registration will be held the day before the tournament at Buchanan Resort Anabellum Room, 785 Buchanan Resort Road, Buchanan, Tennessee. Social distancing rules will be in effect.

Late sign-in begins at 5 p.m. and runs to 7 p.m. The normal National Sponsor Field Test Product Drawing and seminar will not be held due to the coronavirus.

Weigh-in site

The tournament weigh-in will also be at the Buchanan Resort Shelter at the boat ramp. The weigh-in begins at 3 p.m. and all anglers are required to be in line by 4 p.m. Social distancing rules will be followed.

Interviews of the top five teams will be conducted following the weigh-in with all social distancing rules applied.

Crappie USA “Free Crappie Kids Rodeo”- Suspended for 2020The normal Crappie Kids Fishing Rodeos will not be held for the remaining 2020 event schedule due to coronavirus concerns.

The Classic Championship

The CUSA Classic Championship will be held Oct. 22 — 24, 2020 at Green River Lake, Columbia, Kentucky. The 2020 Crappie USA Classic presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s features a guaranteed payout of $125,000 in cash and prizes.

For more information on the Classic and other CUSA events visit the website at and Crappie USA Tournament Trail Facebook Page.

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