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Tournament Payback & Prizes

Total Payback for 2016 events was 176% of Entry Fees 2017 will be even bigger! All Crappie USA Events have separate divisions for Pros, Amateurs.

  • Cash and Prize guaranteed paybacks of $3000 at Local Events and $10,000 at Super Events. These guaranteed paybacks will increase based on number of entries.
  • Classic qualification will be through Local Events, Super Events and Points.
  • Top 3 teams in each division at Local Qualifying Events will advance to the Classic provided they have not previously qualified.

Local Events

Local tournaments consist of two divisions as follows:

Amateur Division - Geared with the average fisherman in mind. Anglers who earned more than $2000.00 as a team, ($1000 individually) during the previous calendar year in Crappie USA events are not eligible to fish the Amateur division this year. Entry Fee in the Amateur division is $125.00 per team. Cash Payback will go to the Top 20% of the field. The Top 3 Teams in the Amateur Division at each event will qualify for the Amateur Division at the Cabela’s Classic.

Pro Division - Our advanced division for those who are more competitive minded and/or teams making over $2000.00 ($1000 individually) last year in Crappie USA events. Entry fee in the Pro division is $250.00. Cash Payback will be paid to the Top 20% of the field. The Top 3 Teams in the Pro Division at each event will qualify for the Pro Division at the Cabela's Classic.

Big Fish entry is an optional $20.00 per team. The Big Fish Pot is paid 70% for largest crappie and 30% for second largest crappie. Only one Big Crappie entry per team.

Entry Information
Enter local and super events by completing the entry form from this brochure by the mail-in deadline. ACA membership is required to fish our tournaments. Teams may consist of one or two partners, or a third partner under age 16.

2017 Points Race Payouts over $13,000.00 in cash and prizes.

Every team who enters a tournament during the 2017 season is automatically in the points race at (no additional cost). This is a 100 point system, if you fish a tournament you receive a min. of 50 points.

Each team will receive points for each event. These points will only be assigned/posted under the 1st angler listed on the voucher. Total points will be based on your best five tournament results.

1st place $5,000.00
2nd place $3,000.00
3rd place $1,500.00
4th place $1,000.00
5th place $900.00
6th place $500.00
7th place $400.00
8th place $300.00
9th place $250.00
10th place $200.00

Easy to win!! Fish more events, points awarded on your best (5) tournaments.

Seminar Information
The night before each tournament we hold a seminar. Your team is responsible for knowing any additional rules and/or changes mentioned at the seminar. If you or your partner cannot attend you should have someone relay information from the meeting to you, Many national sponsor field test items will be awarded. Local fishermen may be called upon to review local lake and fishing conditions. Tournament rules will be reviewed and a question/answer session will follow. This is also your last chance to sign up for the next day’s tournament.

Super Events


  • Top 25 teams from each division who have not previously qualified will advance to the Crappie USA Classic.
  • Top finishing Adult/Youth team not qualifying in top 25 of each division will advance to the Classic (Youth = under 16)
  • Top finishing Male/Female team not qualifying in the top 25 of each division will advance to the Classic.
  • The top two teams from an ACA affiliate club Fish-Off will advance to the Classic.
  • NO off limits at Super Events.
  • Teams may NOT hire a guide during any practice trip.
  • At selected events teams leave from one location by land or water according to boat number. Boat number will be drawn at seminar. This will only be done where required by Host communities.

Guaranteed $10,000 Cash & Prize Purse at all Super Events

Purse will increase based on number of entries

$125,000 Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic Qualification


Super Events & Points Division

  • Top 25 Super Event teams plus the top placing Adult/Youth, Male/Female teams from each division who have not previously qualified will advance to the Crappie USA Classic.
  • Top 25 Points teams advance to the Crappie USA Classic, based on their total earned points at local and super events.
  • Enter and pay for five Pro or Amateur events (or a combination of) and advance to the Crappie USA Classic.
  • Pro winners at the Classic will receive a Boat/ Motor/Trailer package. A total of 20% of the Pro teams will receive cash and/or prizes.
  • Amateur winners at the Classic will receive a Boat/ Motor/Trailer package. A total of 20% of the Amateur teams will receive cash and/or prizes.
  • Classic Qualifiers have until September 15 to enter the Classic to avoid a $20.00 late fee.

Bonuses and Information


2017 Crappie USA Local & Super Events

Driftmaster Owners Bonus:

Winner of Pro Div. will receive a Pro entry fee ($250) or $300 in merchandise.

Winners of Amateur Div. receive an Amateur entry fee ($125) or $150 in merchandise.

To qualify for the Driftmaster bonus program:
(1) Teams must have pro staff logo on their boats at weigh-in.
(2) Team members must have driftmaster logo on their shirt or hat,
(3) Teams must have ONLY Driftmaster Rod Holders on their boats. Contact Driftmaster for Special ‘Team’ decals, stickers, patches (and/or hats) after January.

Cumberland Crappie Double Seat Bonus

$200.00 Cash Bonus in each Crappie USA Super event to the highest placing team by weight, regardless of division, if they own and used in the tournament a Cumberland Crappie Double Seat unit.

Gamma Line Super Event Bonus

$250.00 Super Event Cash Bonus if winner is using Gamma Line. If winner is not using Gamma Line the bonus amount rolls over to next Super event and so on. Rolls also into the Crappie USA Classic.

Tallon Shallow Water Anchor Bonus

The top Talon Members Team will receive a $250 cash bonus. If the top Talon Members Team has the heaviest total weight of the event, regardless of the division, the team will receive an additonal $250 cash bonus, for a total of $500. Go to minnkotamotors.com to sign up as a Talon Member.

Ranger Cup Bonus

$500 Cash bonus if the winning pro team is a member of RANGER CUP
$250 Cash bonus if the winning amateur team is a member of RANGER CUP.
Your current year RANGER CUP membership card must be shown at registration to qualify for bonuses. If the winning team of either division are not ranger cup members then 50% of the bonus amount will be paid to the highest eligible team.

2017 $125,000 Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic

Driftmaster Classic Champions Bonus

* Pro Champs - Driftmaster Product Pack valued at $1032.00
* Amateur Champs - Driftmaster Product Pack valued at $1032.00

Driftmaster Owners Bonus Doubled for 2017

* $400 Cash or $500 Product Bonus to winning Pro Team.
* $200 Cash or $300 Product Bonus to winning Amateur Team.

Same requirements as for Local & Super Events...See Above. Teams must be using ‘only’ Driftmaster Rod Holders (no other rod holder brand on their boat) and have a Driftmaster Decal on their boat.

Tallon Shallow Water Anchor Bonus

The top Talon Members Team will receive a $250 cash bonus. If the top Talon Members Team has the heaviest total weight of the event, regardless of the division, the team will receive an additonal $250 cash bonus, for a total of $500. Go to minnkotamotors.com to sign up as a Talon Member.

Ranger Cup Bonus

$500 Cash bonus if the winning pro team is a member of RANGER CUP
$250 Cash bonus if the winning amateur team is a member of RANGER CUP.
Your current year RANGER CUP membership card must be shown at registration to qualify for bonuses. If the winning team of either division are not ranger cup members then 50% of the bonus amount will be paid to the highest eligible team.

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