National Crappie League

Press Release

NCL Media Contact: Bobby Brown    

Weiss Lake, Centre, AL., will host a National Crappie League (NCL) Division I tournament on March 16, 2024.   Hosted by the Cherokee County CoC & Tourism, anglers will compete for a minimum of $10,000.00 and the opportunity to qualify for the 2024-25 National Championship.

A Division I tournament is geared towards amateur and seasoned anglers.   If you have not won $5,000 individually or $10,000 as a team in the previous 2 years with any major recognized trails, you may enter the event. 

The entry fee is $300.00 with the big fish fee built into the entry.  Anglers must be members of NCL which is $50.00 per member.   A late of $25.00 will apply if the team has not registered by midnight on March 10, 2024. Late registration and the pre-tournament meeting will be on March 15 at the Gadsden State Cherokee Arena, 801 Cedar Bluff Rd., Centre, AL.   Late registration is from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM with the meeting starting 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.

Anglers may fish all legal waters on Weiss Lake.  Fishing hours will be 6:30 AM to 2:30 PM and teams are required to be in the weigh-in line by 3:30 PM.   The off water limit is 4:00 PM on March 14, 2024. The weigh-in will be held at Leesburg Landing Boat Ramp, Riverside Str., Leesburg, AL.

The National Crappie League will hold a free kids’ fishing rodeo on March 16 at the Bay Springs Resort and Marina.  Kids registration is from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. The kids will fish from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.  Awards and prizes will be presented after the event.

Host hotels are the Bay Springs Resort & Marina 256-927-3618, Little River Marina & Lodge 256-779-6461, Great Escape Resorts Chesnut Bay 256-526-7779

Special thanks to all local sponsors including, Cherokee County CoC, Centre City Hall, Bay Springs Resort & Marina, Great Escapes Resorts Chesnut Bay, Coosa Corner, Guppy’s Seafood Care, Little River Marina & Lodge, Weiss Radio 990 AM & 100.5 FM, Weiss Lake Tackle & Outdoors, Cherokee Electric Cooperative, Bean N Greens Restaurant.

Thanks to NCL’s national sponsors including OK Fishing Tackle, Carzone, Crappie Monsters, HH Rods & Reels, Power-Pole, Rockport Rattler, O’Reilly Auto Parts, DMF Bait Co., Compass LIthium, Pro Control, Team Crappie Blakemore Lures, Engel Coolers, Crappie Brakes, Midsouth Tackle, Slider, Everharts Outdoors, Amped Outdoors Lithium, BnM Poles, ATX Lues, K9 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 • Patoka Lake, IN

May 4, 2024 Lake Carlyle, IL

May 18, 2024 Lake Salamonie/Mississinewa,

Oct 12, 2024  Lake of the Ozarks, MO

Upcoming Open Division Events for 2024.  Open Division events are a $20,000.00 minimum payback.

April 12 & 13, 2024 Lake of the Ozarks, MO

April 19 & 20, 2024  Lake Eufaula, OK

June 7 & 8, 2024  Ross Barnett, MS

June 14 & 15, 2024 •  Truman Lake, MO

June 28 & 29, 2024  Sardis Lake, MS

Oct 18 & 19, 2024 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

(NCL) Rules and more information can be found at