Crappie USA Returns To Indiana’s Mississinewa/Salamonie Lakes


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Crappie USA News Release
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Crappie USA Returns To Indiana’s Mississinewa/Salamonie Lakes

Crappie USA Inc., “America’s Premier National Crappie Fishing Tournament Organization” will be holding a qualifying event at Indiana’s Mississinewa/Salamonie Lakes June 15, 2013. Anglers will be fishing for a 7-fish limit of crappie, which could net them a check along with 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 23-26, 2013 on Kentucky Lake at Paris, Tennessee.


Registration and Seminar        

A pre-tournament seminar will be held on Friday the 14th at Bozarth Recreational Resort & Country Store, 7309 East 400 North, Lagro, Indiana. 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 fishing the event, we encourage you to come out to this meeting and meet the top crappie anglers in the region. Crappie USA offers more than just an event for the top anglers in the region and nation. The Amateur Division offers a chance  for local and new up and coming anglers the opportunity to fish on a competitive level at half the cost of the Semi-Pro entry fee.


The Weigh In Site        

The tournament weigh-in will be held on Saturday the 15th at the Mt. Etna Boat Ramp, Hwy 124, Mt. Etna 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 Wabash County CVB, Peace Pipe Bait & Tackle, Sherm’s Marine Inc., Knights Inn and Bozarth Recreational Resort & Country Store 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. For more information on the area call: (800) 563-1169 or visit their website at:  Host lodging for the event will be the Knights Inn, 1950 South Wabash, Wabash, Indiana. For reservations call: (800) 626-7013. Rooms maybe 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 Mt. Etna Boat Ramp . Sign up for the Kids Rodeo will be at 8:00am with the rodeo from9:00am 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 $1,000.00 scholarships to be awarded at the Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic.

Crappie USA and our anglers have contributed nearly $316,000.00 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.


National Sponsors of Crappie USA are: Cabela’s, Ranger Boats,  Evinrude Outboards , B ‘n’ M Poles, Minn Kota, Mustad Hooks, Humminbird Electronics, Adventure Products EGO Nets, J.R. Mad’s, Charlie Brewer’s Slider Co., Big Bite Baits, TTI-Blakemore Road Runner, Driftmaster Rod Holders, Keep Alive-Oxygen Infusor, Fish Hound Fishing Report, Tyler Prosthetics of Tyler Texas,  Cumberland Crappie (Double Seats), Venture RV, Southern Pro Tackle, World Fishing Network-WFN, Go Light Inc., GAMMA LINE, Stubby Steve’s Bait and Ron Gooding Insurance.

The following companies furnish product to help make these events possible: “Fish Guardian”.


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


Keep Alive Bonus for ACA Members

Crappie USA and the American Crappie Association are proud to announce that the fine folks at Keep Alive have put together a great opportunity for ACA members to save 20% on your entire purchase! Keep Alive is the industry leader in keeping fish alive! From aerators, livewells and live bait tanks, bait pumps, and fishing oxygenation systems, keep alive will help keep your fish and live bait alive and healthy! To get this discount just give your active ACA# when you place your order. To see the full line of products from Keep Alive visit or call 727.841.0407. With so many of our members moving to live oxygen systems this is the perfect opportunity to get the best system for a fabulous price.


Crappie USA President, CEO                                                     Media Specialist
Darrell Van Vactor                                                                     Larry Crecelius
125 Ruth Avenue                                                             
Benton, KY 42025                                                                     (812)-525-2707

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