Crappie USA Returning To Pickwick/Wilson Lakes


Crappie USA Inc., ?America?s Premier National Crappie Fishing Tournament Organization? will be returning to the waters of Pickwick/Wilson Lakes at Sheffield, Alabama May 6th & 7th, 2011 with a 2-day, $10,000.00 Super Event. Anglers will be fishing for a 7-fish limit of crappie each day, which could net them a part of the $10,000.00 in cash and prizes to be awarded on Saturday afternoon after the weigh in. These anglers will also be competing for the opportunity to advance to the Cabela?s Crappie USA Classic, the most prestigious event in crappie fishing today. This year's classic will be held October 12-15, 2011 on the Kentucky/Barkley Lakes at Paris, Tennessee.

Registration and Seminar

A pre-tournament seminar will be held on Thursday evening at the Emerald River Hotel, 4900 Hatch Blvd. in Sheffield. 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 planning to fish the event, we encourage you to come out to this meeting and meet the top crappie anglers in this area and who knows, you may decide to sign up. There are many anglers out there that know these waters like the back of their hand, but have never competed in a event. This is your chance to use your knowledge of the area and take home a part of the $10,000.00 in cash and prizes to be awarded to the top anglers in both the amateur and semi-pro division.

The Weigh In Site

The tournament weigh-in will be held on Friday and Saturday the 6th & 7th at the Riverfront Park at the end of Alabama Street 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 Colbert County Tourism and Convention Bureau would like to welcome all Crappie USA anglers and their guest to the area and hope they take the opportunity to enjoy the many attractions in the area. Colbert County is more than just good fishing. It's Southern hospitality at its finest with some of the best food and friendliest people you?ll find anywhere in this great nation. For more information on the area call: 800-344-0783 or visit their website at Host lodging for the event will be the Emerald River Hotel, 4900 Hatch Blvd in Sheffield. For reservations call: 256-381-4710. Rooms are 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 Friday night. All late entries will be subject to a $20.00 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 $100.00 per team in the Amateur Division and $200.00 in the Semi-Pro Division. There is an optional $10.00 (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.

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 the Riverfront Park at the end of Alabama Street in Sheffield. 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 $2,000.00 scholarships to be awarded at the Cabela?s Crappie USA Classic.

Crappie USA and our anglers have contributed nearly $302,000.00 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 at the $2,000.00 ?Crappie Kids? Scholarship. All participating children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information please call Crappie USA Inc. at 270-395-4204. Please visit our website at

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