Crappie USA returns to Lake Cumberland for the Crappie USA Classic | Sports Destination Management

Crappie USA returns to Lake Cumberland for the Crappie USA Classic

Jul 28, 2023

Anglers will travel from across the country to fish the Crappie USA Classic, presented by Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s and hosted by Somerset-Pulaski County Convention and Visitors Bureau, on October 13-14, 2023.

During the year, anglers compete in Local Events, Super Events and MegaBucks Events and earn an opportunity to qualify for the Crappie USA Classic. The Classic will be highlighted by a $125,000 payout in cash and prizes.

Lake Cumberland is known for good populations of nice sized crappie and a good weigh-in is expected at the Championship weigh-in.

“It’s not easy recruiting fishing tournaments of this caliber to Lake Cumberland. We are very thankful the Somerset-Pulaski CVB board of directors chose to host the 2023 Crappie USA Classic. Fishing tournaments leave behind a large economic impact on our community and region. We are looking forward to seeing those big fish reeled in at Pulaski County Park with big winners in toe” said Michelle Allen, Tourism Director of the Somerset-Pulaski County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The 2023 local Lake Cumberland event held in April saw great weights from teams. Pro-Division winners Ben Garland and Barry Turen had a weigh-in of 13.44lbs, with 2.57 lbs. being the Big Fish winner while on the amateur side saw a similar weight of 12.62 and that was anglers Matthew Morgan and Stephen Godby.

How to Enter Anglers must be qualified through the qualifying events to fish this championship event at Somerset, KY.
Teams may consist of one or two anglers, with a third member allowed if the angler is under the age of 16 years old.

Qualifying teams may register by calling (502) 384-5924

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

Sign up at where the various levels of membership are available.

Registration and Seminar
Anglers will have from 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm to register. The Sponsor Showcase will be taking place from 12:30 pm- 5:00 pm. Followed by our Meal starting at 5:00 pm and then the awards and rules meeting beginning at 6:30 pm!

The Weigh-In Site The tournament weigh-in will be held at Pulaski County Park, 1200 Hwy 3189, Nancy, KY. Fishing hours are 6:30 am to 3:00 pm and all anglers are required to be in line at weigh-in by 4:00 pm. This is the perfect opportunity for non-competitors to learn how the big ones are caught as anglers will be interviewed on what they caught them on and what area of the lake seemed to be the best for catching.

Tournament Host and Lodging
Somerset-Pulaski County CVB welcomes all Crappie USA anglers and their guests to the area and hope they take the opportunity to enjoy the local attractions.

For more information on the area visit their website, or call 800-642-6287.

Lodging for Crappie USA can be found at

Crappie USA "Free Crappie Kids Rodeo"
A FREE Crappie Kids Fishing Rodeo will be held in conjunction with the tournament at the Pulaski County Park. An adult must accompany all participating children. The event is free to all children 12 years of age and under.

Sign up for the Kids Rodeo is Saturday at 9:00 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. More than $379,000 in scholarships have been awarded to date.

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

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