National Crappie League

Press Release

NCL Media Contact: Bobby Brown    

The National Crappie League (NCL) is coming to Patoka Lake for a two-day Division I national qualifier, which will be held on April 26th and 27th, 2024. The tournament is hosted by Dubious County Tourism and will offer a minimum prize of $10,000.00, as well as the opportunity to qualify for the 2024-25 National Championship. Division I tournaments are open to everyday anglers who have not earned $5,000.00 as an individual or $10,000.00 as a team in the last two years while fishing one of the national trails.

The entry fee for the tournament is $300.00, with the big fish fee already included. The tournament guarantees a minimum payback of $10,000.00 and 100% payback of all entries. The big fish pot will be split 70/30.

Contingencies prizes of $200.00 will be paid to the top Male/Female, top Adult/Youth, and top Senior (60 & over) teams.  There is also a $500.00 contingency prize for the team that is using multi-poles (slow trolling or pushing/pulling).

To participate, anglers must be members of NCL, which costs $50.00 per member. A late registration fee of $25.00 will apply if the team has not registered by midnight on April 21, 2024.

Late registration and the pre-tournament meeting will be held on April 25th, 2024, at the Days Inn located at 272 Brucke Strasse, Jasper, IN. Late registration will be open 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 PM. They may fish all legal waters on Patoka Lake, but the off-water limit is 4:00 PM on April 25th, 2024, the day of the pre-tournament meeting.

The National Crappie League will hold a free kids’ fishing rodeo on April 27th, 2024, at Hoosier Hills Marine, 10306 E Lick Fork Marina Rd, Celestine, IN. Kids may register from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM and fish from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM. Awards and prizes will be presented after the event.

The host hotels for the tournament are the Days Inn 812-482-6000 and the Hampton Inn 812-482-1888.

Special thanks to all local sponsors including, Dibuos County Tourism, Days Inn, Orange County EDP, Hoosier Hills Marina, Spring Vally Bank & Trust, Kirks’ Log Home Maintenace, Schnitzel Bank and Kelly’s Restaurant & Bar.

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.

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.

April 19 & 20, 2024 • Open Division • Lake Eufaula, OK

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


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