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2018 Tournament Results

Lake:Barkley/KY Cadiz, KY
Date:04/13/18 - 04/14/18

Henry and Jo Haley win CUSA Super Event at Cadiz, KY
(Crappie anglers had to battle windy conditions on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes )

Louisville, KY – April 15, 2018 – Crappie anglers from several states traveled to Kentucky and Barkley Lakes at Cadiz, KY, to participate in a Crappie USA (CUSA) tournament. Local and traveling anglers fished 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.

The two-day tournament on April 13 and 14, 2018, started off with mild temperatures, but windy conditions in the 20- to 40-mile range on the first day of the tournament. Winds were better on Saturday, but still strong in the 15- to 20-mile range from the SE. The temperatures on day two dropped into the 60’s giving the anglers a temperature change to deal with too.

Several traveling anglers stated that the average weight was the lowest they had seen in over 30 years for these lakes. They noted that many of the longer fish were thinner than normal. The influx of the Asian carp appears to be hurting the fishery as indicated by quite a few anglers.

A total of 48 boats fished the popular event, 21 in the Pro Division and 27 in the Amateur Division. A total of $12,950 was distributed to the winners.

Pro Division Results

Henry and Jo Haley of Carmi, IL claimed the top spot in the Pro Division. The husband/wife team weighed in 20.28 pounds to earn $ 3,000 and another $500 Ranger Cup bonus.

Henry and Jo fished North Barkley over manmade cover using naked chartreuse jigs in a few assorted colors. They were fishing in 9-14 feet of water to catch 32 fish on Friday and 25 on Saturday.

“We didn’t have a minnow in the boat." said Jo. “Most of the fish were deep in cover.”

Second place went to Jim Freeman from Eddyville, KY and Roy “Doc” Holliday from Paducah, KY. They weighed 18.44 pounds to earn $2,000 plus a $250 Talon Bonus.

The KY team fished South Barkley using one pole in hand and green/chartreuse jigs deep in the cover. They were fishing in 12 feet of water to feel the thump and catch 32 fish for the day.

The third-place spot was claimed by Tony and Mike Sheppard of Dexter and Kirksey KY. They brought 18.42 pounds to the scales to earn $1,000.

Team Sheppard reported fishing on Lake Barkley using Jenko Orange/chartreuse jigs. They used their electronics to find cover. They marked cover that was holding fish and returned later to fish what they described as smaller cover. They used some naked jigs and some minnows to catch 18 crappies on Friday and about 40 on Saturday.

Shawn Gore and Joey Peck from Alamo, KY weighed 18.31 pounds to earn $600 and claim the forth place spot. They were the only team in the money who fished KY Lake. They spider rigged purple/chartreuse jigs over manmade cover. The team was fishing in 8-12 feet of water where they caught a total of 35 crappie for the day.

Amateur Division Results

Marshall and Ray Stearns, from Frewsburg, and Kennedy, NY claimed top honors in the Amateur Division. They weighed 18.31 pounds to earn $1,500.00.

Team Stearns fished Little River on Barkley. They were spider rigging chartreuse jigs with minnows in 14 to 16 feet of water. They reported that the fish were suspended over cover on the edge of the channel. They caught around 30 to 40 crappie each day.

Claiming the second-place spot was Jeff Lang Jr. and Jeff Lang Sr. Alexandria, KY is the hometown for Jr. and Sr. is from California, KY. They weighed 17.72 pounds and earned a check for $1,000.00.

They fished the south end of Barkley Lake using amber and chartreuse colored jigs over cover. They dressed their presentation with Slab Slobber and caught a total of 30-40 fish for the weekend.

Sean Baskin and Jimmy Temple from Nashville, TN, finished in the third-place position. They weighed 17.39 pounds to earn $500.00.

Baskin and Temple Spider rigged south Barkley Lake with Chartreuse jigs in 5-15 feet of water. They averaged catching about 30 fish per day.

Doyle Milby and Sonny Milby, both from Murray, KY picked up the fourth-place spot with 16.34 pounds. They earned $300 for their finish.

Team Milby fished the north end of Lake Barkley. They were spider rigging minnows in five feet of water to catch about 50 crappies for the weekend. They reported that most of the fish were females, moving in to spawn.

Tying down fifth place was Joey Clark and Jeremy Jones. They had a 15.39-pound stringer to earn $200.

Joey from Wingo, KY and Jeremy from Mayfield, KY, were spider rigging on north Barkley Lake. They were fishing with live bait in 12-16 feet if water catching suspended fish over cover. They caught around 50 to 60 fish for the weekend.

Big Fish

Big Fish honors went to Jay Harris and James Welker. They caught a nice 2.34-pound crappie on an Electric Chicken colored jig. They were fishing in 1.2 foot of water.


Darrell Van Vactor sent special thank yous to Bill Stevens and his staff at Cadiz-Trigg County Tourism for hosting the event and to Jenko Tackle for setting up a display at the seminar and assisting with event.

Van Vactor also thanked Barkley State Resort Park Lodge and Marina for their help and hospitality during the time of their stay, stating that, “It is truly one of the finest state parks in the nation.”

The 2018 CUSA Classic will be held October 3 – 6, 2018 on Lake Cumberland at Somerset, KY. It will feature a guaranteed payout of $125,000 in cash and prizes.

National Sponsors

National Sponsors of Crappie USA are: Cabela's, Ranger Boats, Mercury, Mustad, B'n'M Poles, Humminbird Electronics, Gamma, Adventure Products EGO Nets, Minn Kota, J.R. Mad's Madgic Fish Breading, Big Bite Baits, TTI-Blakemore Road Runner, Driftmaster Rod Holders, World Fishing Network-WFN, Cumberland Crappie Double Seat Mounts, Church Tackle Company, Charlie Brewer's Slider Co., 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, Jenko Fishing, Lake Cumberland Tourism, Extreme Bait Systems, Rigrap, and Bait 2 Go.


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