Crappie anglers from several states will travel to the Kentucky and 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.

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 additional teams to 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. The entry fee is $375 with a guaranteed payback of $25,000. As the boat numbers rise, so does the payout.

How to enterTeams 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.

Registration and seminar

Late registration and a pre-tournament seminar will be held the day before the tournament at Buchanan Resort, 785 Buchanan Resort Road, Springville, Tennessee, 731-642-2828.

Late sign-in begins at 5 p.m. and runs to 7 p.m. A National Sponsor Field Test Product Drawing accompanies the seminar starting at 7 p.m. local time. 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 also be at Buchanan Resort. The weigh-in begins at 3 p.m. and all anglers are required to be in line by 4 p.m. Interviews of the top five teams are conducted following the weigh-in.

Host lodging site

Host lodging is provided by:

Buchanan Resort, 785 Buchanan Resort Road, Springville, Tennessee, 731-642-2828; Lynhurst Resort, 270 Lynhurst Drive, Murray, Kentucky, 270-436-2345 and Sunset Bay Resort, 60 Mansard Island Drive, Springville, Tennessee, 731-642-5590

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 Buchanan Resort.

Sign up for the Kids Rodeo will be Saturday morning at 8 a.m. with fishing from 9 — 11 a.m. 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. An adult must accompany all participating children. The event is free to all children 12 years of age and under. 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.

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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