National Crappie League
Visits Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

NCL Media Contact: Bobby Brown

The National Crappie League will be holding its first Open Division tournament of 2024 on April 12th and 13th at Lake of the Ozarks. The event will be held hosted by the Tri-County Lodging Association and the Business District of Morgan County, Miller County, and Camden County. The tournament is open to all crappie anglers who will compete for a chance to qualify for the 2024-25 National Championship and a minimum cash prize of $20,000.

The entry fee for the tournament is $500, which includes the big fish fee. All participants are required to be members of NCL, which costs $50 per member. The tournament guarantees a minimum payback of $20,000 and 100% payback of all entries. The first big fish will be worth $1,000.  There will be contingency prizes for the top adult/youth, top male/female and top senior (60 and over) in the amount of $200.00.  The top multi-pole team will win $500.00.

Late registration will attract a late fee of $50 if the team hasn’t registered by midnight on April 7th, 2024. Late registration and the pre-tournament meeting will be at Captain Ron’s located at 82 Aloha Ln, Sunrise Beach, MO, on April 11th, 2024. Late registration and check-in will be open from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, with the meeting scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM.

Anglers will fish from 6:30 AM to 2:30 PM and must be in the weigh-in line by 3:30 PM. They will be permitted to fish all legal waters on Lake of the Ozarks. The weigh-in will take place at Captain Ron’s, and the off-water limit is 4:00 PM on April 11th, 2024, the day of the pre-tournament meeting.

The National Crappie League will also hold a free kids’ fishing rodeo on April 13th, 2024, at Captain Ron’s, which is the same location as the weigh-in and registration. Kids may register for the event from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM, and the fishing will take place from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. Awards and prizes will be presented after the event.

Captain Ron’s 573-374-5852, Lake House Inn 573-374-7744, and Breeze Resort 573-873-5343 are the official host lodging for the tournament.

Special thanks to all local sponsors including, Tri-County Lodging Association, Business District of Camden County, Business District of Miller County, Business District of Morgan County, Captins Ron’s on the Lake, Frontier Metal, Lake House Inn, Branding Iron Restaurant, Town & Country Supermarket, Truck Country, Chances R Restaurant, Rock Harbor Resort & Motel, Outdoor Addiction, Hawhtorn Ban Warsaw, Ozark Bait & Tackle, KS 95.1 Radio, Lake TV, Veracruz Mexican Restaurant, Bay Bridge Resort, Walmart Supercenter, Bryant’s Osage Outdoors, Whiskey Dick’s Bar & Grill, The Bank of Versailles and Bryants Osage Outdoors.

Thanks to our national sponsors including Carzone, Power-Pole, Rockport Rattler, O’Reilly Auto Parts, DMF Bait Co., Compass LIthium, Pro Control, Engel Coolers, Crappie Brakes, Midsouth Tackle, Slider, Everharts Outdoors, Amped Outdoors Lithium, BnM Poles, ATX Lues, K9 Fishing, Black Speck Fishing, Prodezigns, Crappie Nows,, Nothead Tackle, Top Notch Interiors, Quality Plumbing Heating, and Jenko Fishing.

Upcoming Division I Events for the 2024 tournament season.

Division I events are a minimum $10,000.00 payback.

Apr 26 & 27, 2024 • Division I • Patoka Lake, IN

May 4, 2024 • Division I • Lake Carlyle, IL

May 18, 2024 • Division I • Lake Salamonie/Mississinewa, IN

Oct 12, 2024 • Division I • Lake of the Ozarks, MO

Upcoming Open Division Events for 2024.

Open Division events are a $20,000.00 minimum payback.

June 7 & 8, 2024 • Open Division • Ross Barnett, MS

June 14 & 15, 2024 • Open Division • Truman Lake, MO

June 28 & 29, 2024 • Open Division • Sardis Lake, MS

Oct 18 & 19, 2024 • Open Division • Grenada Lake, MS

Upcoming Wild Card events.  Wild Card events are guaranteed 100% payback.  Both Division I and Open Division compete.  Division I competes on Saturdays, and Open Division teams compete both Friday and Saturday.

May 10 & 11, 2024 • Wild Card • Kentucky Lake, KY

Sept 13 & 14, 2024 • Wild Card • Clinton Lake, KS


The tournament details can be found at

Rules and more information can be found at

For more information call Paul Alpers 573-280-8020

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