National Crappie League
Visits Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

Lake of the Ozarks Press Release 2023 NCL

NCL Media Contact: Bobby Brown      Date: February 21, 2023

The National Crappie League (NCL) heads to Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, for an Open Division tournament on April 7-8, 2023, where competitors will fish for cash, prizes, and an opportunity to qualify for the NCL National Championship.

Paybacks will be 100% or more guaranteed. All anglers are eligible to compete in NCL’s Open Division. This is a two-day tournament with a guaranteed minimum of $20,000 payback. Big Fish pays $1000. The highest-placing senior, adult/youth, and male/female teams will be awarded at this event.

The Lake of the Ozarks is known for providing plenty of crappie from various structures, including deep ledges, creeks, points, gravel banks, and docks. April crappie should be in pre-spawn or spawn, moving up into shallow water when temperatures are right. Anticipate a five-fish tournament limit to be around nine pounds with a two-plus pound big fish.


The registration deadline is March 31, 2023. To see rules, regulations, and to register for the tournament, visit and submit your registration information. For questions, contact

Tournament Meeting

A pre-tournament meeting will be held the day before the tournament at Captain Ron’s On The Lake, 82 Aloha Lane, Sunrise Beach, MO 65079, with sign-in from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm and the meeting at 6:00 pm. Fishing times will be given during the meeting.

Fishable Waters, Off-Limits, and Practice

All legal waters on Lake of the Ozarks may be fished. Off-limits is 4:00 pm on the day of the pre-tournament meeting. Tournament fishing hours are 6:30 am to 2:30 pm.

Weigh-In Site

The tournament weigh-in will be held at Captain Ron’s On The Lake, 82 Aloha Lane, Sunrise Beach, MO 65079. The times will be given at the tournament meeting.

Free Kids Rodeo

A free Kids Rodeo will be held April 8, at the same site as weigh in. Registration from 8:00 am- 9:00 am. Fishing is 9:00 am to 11:00 am. This is for kids 12 and under, accompanied by parent or guardian. Bring your pole and bait. Enjoy the fun and prizes.

Sponsor and Host Lodging

Lake of the Ozarks Business District of Camden and Miller County would like to welcome all NCL anglers and their guests to the area. We hope everyone enjoys the fishing and visits the area attractions. For more information on the area, visit

Ron’s Lake Front Lodging, 573-374-5852

Lake House Inn, 573-374-7744

National Sponsors

 NCL national sponsors include CarZone USA; Crappie Monster; Grenada Lake Resorts; H&H Rods and Reels; Fisherman’s Haven; Power-Pole; Rockport Rattler; Outlaw Lithium Batteries; Pro Controll; O’Reilly Auto; Team Crappie; Everharts Outdoors; Crappie Brakes; Millennium Marine; Ludwig Marine; Morris Marine; Charlie Brewer Slider; B’n’M Poles; Crappie Magnet; Jenko Fishing; Midsouth Super jigs; Soremouth Tackle; Quality Plumbing N Heating; Snacky Lures;; Pro DeZigns; CrappieNOW

Upcoming Open Events for 2023

March 5-6, Alabama River, Elmore County, AL
April 7-8, Lake of the Ozarks, Camdenton, MO
May 6-7, Ouachita River, West Monroe, LA
June 3-4, Sardis Lake, Sardis, MS
June 24-25, Toledo Bend, Many, LA
Dec 9-10, Lake D’Arbonne, Farmerville, LA

Upcoming Division 1 Events for 2023

April 1, Weiss Lake, Centre, AL
May 13, Salamonie & Mississinewa, Wabash, IN
August 12, Truman Lake, Clinton, MO
Sept 9, Lake of the Ozarks, Gravois Mills-Laurie, MO
Oct 7, Rough River Lake, Fall of Rough, KY
Oct 14, Lake D’Arbonne, Farmerville, LA

National Championship & Expo

February 15-17, 2024 National Championship Ouachita River, Monroe-West Monroe, LA
February 16-18, 2024 Expo • Boat Show Monroe Civic Center, Monroe, LA

Crappie Monster
CarZone USA