Crappie USA Tournament

November 2017
By kaylavoss
Posted: Updated:
June 8, 2019 @ 6:30 am – 4:00 pm
Carlyle Lake
Crappie USA

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Tournament Information

Key Dates & Times
Lake: Carlyle Lake, IL
2019 Local Event
Tourney Date: 06/08/19
Late-Fee Deadline: 05/24/19
Off Limits: You may not fish from midnight until 6:30 am on tournament day.
Start Time: 6:30am
Stop Time: 3:00pm
Weigh-In: 4:00pm (anyone not in line by this time will be disqualified from the tournament)
Details: Legal Waters – Carlyle Lake
Download Tournament Brochure (PDF)
Register for This Tournament Online
Seminar Site: Mariners Village Conference Center
1 Resort Dr.
Carlyle, IL 62231
Late Sign-In: 5-7pm
Seminar Begins: 7pm
Seminar is open to the public.
Weigh-In Site: Dam West Boat Ramp
Marina Rd.
Carlyle, IL 62231
618-594-2484 Ext. 119
Kids’ Rodeo: Carlyle Lake Visitor Center (Willow Pond)
801 Lake Rd.
Carlyle, IL 62231

Crappie Anglers Travel to Carlyle Lake
Participants will compete in amateur and pro divisions in the September 22, 2018 crappie tournament

Crappie anglers from several states will travel to Carlyle Lake, IL to participate in a Crappie USA (CUSA) Tournament Trail event. Local and traveling anglers will be vying for cash, prizes, and an opportunity to compete at the 2018 CUSA Classic which will feature a guaranteed payout of $125,000 in cash and prizes.

As reported by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, the crappie population in Carlyle Lake remains in excellent condition. Anglers will catch both white and black crappie in this event. The crappie population is definitely on an upward trend as indicated by local anglers reporting good catches of both white and black crappie.

“We are excited to return to Lake Carlyle this fall,” said CUSA Operations Manager Darrell Van Vactor. “The event will give six teams a qualification berth for the $125,000.00 Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic to be held just two weeks later on Lake Cumberland KY. The area has some fantastic crappie anglers as well as good crappie fishing for all who attend.”


How to Enter
Teams may consist of one or two anglers, with a third member allowed if the angler is under the age of 16 years old. Early registration can be accomplished on the CUSA website at Teams may also enter by calling (502) 384-5924 or by entering at the mandatory pre-tournament seminar on the night before the tournament begins. Entry fees vary by length of tournament. All fees are posted on the website linked above. Late entries are subject to a $25.00 late fee.

Participating angers must be a member of the American Crappie Association (ACA). See the various membership levels at Each membership will include a subscription to the official publication of Crappie USA, one of the top crappie fishing publications in the nation.


Registration and Seminar
Late registration and a pre-tournament seminar will be held the day before the tournament at Mariners Village Conference Center, 1 Resort Dr., Carlyle, IL 62231.

Registration begins at 5:00 pm. A National Sponsor Field Test Product Drawing starts at 7:00 pm local time. This seminar is open to the public. Those not fishing the event are encourage to attend this meeting and meet some of the region’s top crappie anglers.
The Weigh-In Site
The tournament weigh-in will be held at Dam West Boat Ramp, Marina Rd., Carlyle, IL 62231 beginning at 3:00 pm. This is the perfect opportunity for non-competitors to learn how the big ones are caught. Interviews of the top 5 teams are conducted following the weigh-in.

Sponsor and Host Lodging Site
City of Carlyle & Clinton County Tourism welcomes all Crappie USA anglers and their guests to the area and hope they take the opportunity to enjoy the local attractions. For more information on the area visit the website at or call 618-594-2468.

Host lodging is provided by Mariners Village Inn & Suites, 1 Resort Dr., Carlyle, IL 62231

(618-594-7666). The number of rooms in the area may be limited. It is recommended that participants make their reservations early.


Crappie USA “Free Crappie Kids Rodeo”
A FREE Crappie Kids Fishing Rodeo will be held in conjunction with the tournament at the Carlyle Lake Visitor Center (Willow Pond), 801 Lake Rd. Carlyle, IL 62231.

Sign up will be Saturday morning at 8:00 am. The Kids Rodeo is from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. The Crappie USA Kids Fishing Rodeo is a chance for children of the area to get out and enjoy nature, do a little fishing and win some prizes. The event is free to all children 12 years of age and under. All participants are eligible for a chance to win one of the six, Crappie USA $1,000.00 scholarships to be awarded at the 2018 Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic.  All participating children must be accompanied by an adult.

Crappie USA and their anglers have contributed $350,000.00 to the “Crappie Kids” Scholarships since 1997. CUSA is very proud to be a part of the education process for the youngsters who participate in the tournaments as adult/youth teams and those who fish in the Crappie USA Kids Fishing Rodeos.