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2017 Tournament Results

Lake:Green River Lake, Columbia, KY
Date:04/21/17 - 04/22/17

Crappie USA Tournament Results For Green River Lake at Columbia, Kentucky

Green River Lake played host to the Crappie USA Super Event this past Friday and Saturday, April 21 and 22, 2017. Over 140 anglers from eight states were competing for not only the $14,300.00 in cash and prizes, but a chance to advance to the prestigious Cabala's Crappie USA Classic. This year's classic will be held October 26 – 28, 2017 on Kentucky & Barkley Lakes at Paris, Tennessee.

Pro Division Results

Friday, Day 1 of the tournament, was the ideal fishing weather with sunny skies, temperatures in the mid 70's and light winds at 5 – 10mph and the fish being found in all depths of water. Saturday, Day 2, took a drastic turn with rain all day, temperatures in the 50's and winds at NE 10 – 15mph with the fish moving deep making a challenge for the anglers. David Jones of Knifley, Kentucky and Corey Thomas of Jamestown, Kentucky overcame the odds and took first place in the Pro Division with a total weight of 15.54 pounds and earned $3,000.00, plus an additional $500.00 Talon Bonus, $250.00 Gamma Line Bonus and $100.00 Jenko Fishing Bonus. The team fished different areas close to the dam, tight line fishing both days in 10 – 20 feet of water using Jenko baits, double minnow rigs and tac pac jigs. They only used 6 rods because they couldn't keep the lines baited. The team had over 500 keeper sized fish for the 2-Day tournament, stating that most of their catch were 10” fish.

Kris and Terry Mann, both of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky took second place with a total weight of 15.01 pounds and earned $2,000.00, plus an additional $250.00 Ranger Cup Bonus. The team fished the middle section of Green River Lake in their Ranger 188 Aluminum, finding their fish in shallow water on Day 1, however, moving out to 13 feet of water on Day 2, landing the majority of their weigh-in fish out of one brushpile. They used Crappie Magnet jigs in Dude Special color to catch 100 fish on Day 1 and 50 on Day 2. Kris stated that you had to get bait in front of them or you wouldn't get a bite. Terry said they caught their best fish on Day 2.

Taking third place were Donnie Burris and Dennis Yates, both of Columbia, Kentucky weighing in at 14.95 pounds and earning $1,000.00. The team found their fish close to Holmes Bend in 16 feet of water, long line fishing both days using pink/chartreuse and blue/chartreuse colored jigs to land over 350 fish for the 2-Day event. Donnie stated that this is one of the best fisheries that we go to!

We had a tie for fourth place. Lynn and Nathan Cochran, both of Springfield, Kentucky weighed in at 13.68 pounds and earned $500.00. The team fished the main lake, having to move around to find their fish. They cast and vertical jigged using slabinator jigs stating that you had to get it right in front of them to get a bite. Team Cochran had over 250 for the weekend.

Robert Harris of Warner Robins, Georgia and Roy Cape, Jr. of Cordele, Georgia also weighed in at 13.68 pounds and earned $500.00, plus an additional $630.00 Big Fish. The team fished in Holmes Bend area, long lining using black/chartreuse colored Jenko and Charlie Brewer Slider jigs. Robert said that Roy did catch the big fish using electric chicken. The team had over 250 for the tournament.

Joe Long and Brian Meltzer tied for first place Big Fish of the event and took home a check for $630.00.

Amateur Division Results

Arnold and Kenny Patterson, both of Knifely, Kentucky took first place in the Amateur Division with a total weight of 14.03 pounds and earned $1,900.00. The team targeted their fish in Casey Creek on both days in shallow depths of 6 – 8 feet of water. They vertical jigged minnows to land 200 keepers on Day 1 and 50 on Day 2.

Taking second place was Wayne Goodall of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee weighing in at 13.75 pounds and earning $1,000.00. Wayne fished in both Corbins Bend and Robbins Creek using black/chartreuse colored jigs in 16 feet of water to land 20 fish each day. Wayne said that he used a bigger jig up to a 3- inch to miss the little fish and catch a better quality.

Terry Barker of Eubank, Kentucky and Joe Diaferia of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee took third place of the event weighing in at 13.09 pounds and earned $500.00, plus an additional $125.00 Ranger Cup Bonus. The team pulled crankbaits in their Ranger 620 in Robbins Creek. They stated that they used multiple colors, but none of them outperformed the other, you just had to put it right in front of the fish. The team had 50 fish for the weekend.

In fourth place was Kyle Levering of Whitehouse, Tennessee and Dwayne Craig of Cottontown, Tennessee with a total weight of 12.51 pounds and earned $400.00. The team targeted their fish in Robbins Creek, but worked their way back to Holmes Bend. They vertical jigged using Crappie Magnet jogs in black/chartreuse early in the day, switching to white/chartreuse color jogs later to land 150 fish on Day 1 and 50 on Day 2.

Robert Matheny and Samuel Franke, both of Shepherdsville, Kentucky took fifth place weighing in at 12.46 pounds and earned $300.00. The team fished Corbins Bend using Crappie Magnet jigs with any combination mixed with chartreuse. They used one pole to land over 200 fish for the 2-Day tournament. Gary Singleton and Terry Pucel (Knox, Indiana) took sixth place with a total weight of 11.79 pounds and earned $300.00.

Jonathan Wilson, Michael and John Michael Bray (Russell Springs, Kentucky) placed seventh weighing in at 11.73 pounds and earned $200.00.

Sammy and Brett Blair (Columbia, Kentucky) had eighth place weighing 11.52 pounds and earned $200.00.

A special thank you to Columbia – Adair County Tourism for hosting the event. Also, thank you to Holmes Bend Marina for hosting the Kid's Rodeo and their hospitality to all the anglers. “Green River Lake has once again proven itself to be a crappie manufacturing plant. Teams were catching fish in all depths of water and certain teams caught over 400 keepers in 2 days. There is no other lake where you can do that, thus making Green River Lake an extremely unique and plentiful crappie destination.” National Sponsors of Crappie USA are: Cabela's, Ranger Boats, Mercury, Mustad, B 'n' M Poles, Minn Kota, Humminbird Electronics, Gamma, Adventure Products EGO Nets, J.R. Mad's, Charlie Brewer's Slider Co., Big Bite Baits, TTI-Blakemore Road Runner, Driftmaster Rod Holders, World Fishing Network- WFN, Cumberland Crappie Double Seat Mounts, Church Tackle Company, Crappie Now on-line Magazine, Talon Shallow Water Anchors, Humminbird/Lakemaster Maps, Sunsect Sunscreen & Insect Repellent, Digital EFX Wraps, Gill Rainwear, AWD Baits, Tentnology, Crappie Magnet, Crown Trophy and Jenko Fishing.

The following companies furnish product to help make these events possible: Kodiak Fish Attractants, Rigrap and Keep Alive. For more information please call Crappie USA at 502-384-5924. Be sure to check out our website at: www.crappieusa.com and like our Crappie USA Tournament Trail Facebook Page. Both sites contain new and exciting information on our events along with special information for crappie anglers everywhere.


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