National Crappie League

Press Release

NCL Media Contact: Bobby Brown    

On March 16, 2024, Weiss Lake located in Centre, AL, hosted a National Crappie League event. The Division I tournament faced heavy rains on the day before the tournament and chilly weather on the day of the tournament with overcast skies.

The Ohio-based husband and wife team of Doug & Renee Allen secured the first position by weighing 9.74 lbs with five fish, winning $3,400.00. They also won the tournament’s big fish award with a 2.42 lb crappie, earning $350.00, and secured $200.00 for being the top male/female team. Overall, they earned $3,950.00 for their weight.

The team began fishing upstream in the river, which was muddy due to the rain. They fished steak beds in the mud flats and kept moving down the channels. Their big fish was caught in 25 feet of water. They used 1/8oz jig head and monkey milk jigs for casting to the fish. Additionally, they used hair jigs tied by Doug’s brother. Although they had some long poles, the fish seemed spooked. Doug mentioned he wasn’t well-versed with the live scope and had been using it for about a year, but he was still learning.

Tony Thomas secured the second position by weighing 9.67 lbs, earning $1,600.00. He won $200.00 for being the top senior and $150.00 for the second big fish with a 1.94 lb crappie. Tony used jigs with minnows, but the fish would take the minnows, so he switched to a different jig with no tail and minnows to catch his fish. He fished from the dam to Yellow Creek, and although the first hour was slow, the bite was consistent throughout the day. He used 1/16 pink-colored jig heads.

Charles Bowman and Morgan Neal, the Lake Washington winners, secured the third position with a 9.65 lb. bag, earning $1,000.00. Dan and Sue Dannenmeuller, the top multi-pole team, earned $500.00. Steve Jeffers and Dwight Keller secured fourth place, earning $600.00, and Michael Pelsor & Wendell Heath secured fifth place, earning $500.00. The tournament paid out for the top 10 places, amounting to a total of $10,000.00.


Images and more information can be found on the Weiss Lake Tournament Detail Page:

Next on the tournament trail is an Open Division tournament on Lake of the Ozarks held April 12 & 13, 2023.  The tournament is a $20,000.00 minimum payout.

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

Upcoming Division I Events for the 2024 tournament season.  Division I events are a minimum $10,000.00 payback.

Off-water limits are 4:00 PM on the day of the pre-tournament meeting for all events.

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.

Off-water limits are 4:00 PM on the day of the pre-tournament meeting for all events.

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