National Crappie League Heads to Lake of the Ozarks

Category: Crappie Tournament

 Aug 14th, 2023 by sworrall 

Modified Aug 14th, 2023 at 8:29 PM

National Crappie League Heads to Lake of the Ozarks

The National Crappie League (NCL) heads to Lake of the Ozarks for a Division 1 tournament on September 9, 2023. Competitors will fish for cash, prizes, and an opportunity to qualify for the NCL National Championship.

Paybacks will be 100% or more guaranteed. This is a one-day tournament with a guaranteed minimum of $10,000 payback. Big Fish payouts total is $1,000.


Division 1 tournaments are open to those who have not earned $5,000 or more in crappie national tournaments in the previous two years or have not placed in the top 5 of these major pro division tournaments: ACT, Crappie Masters, Crappie Elite or Crappie Expo. Placing in the top 5 in an ACT Amateur or CUSA Pro, or Amateur event does not disqualify you from competing in a Division 1 event unless you have earned $5,000 in the previous two years. You may not enter if you are a fishing guide. A fishing guide is anyone who guides, is a licensed guide, or advertises themselves as a guide. Fishing guides can compete against each other in a tournament potluck, the payout is 100% of the entry fees collected. A $500 entry fee is required for each guide participating which can be paid at the tournament meeting. The winner will be crowned “King of Lake of the Ozarks.”

Lake of the Ozarks is known for providing excellent numbers of crappie. The fish may be caught in open water, under docks, on brush piles, and in other places. The lake offers challenges and many opportunities, so expect a good tournament.

Registration and Tournament Meeting

A meeting will be held the evening before the tournament, September 8, 2023, at Great American Campground & Dive Bar, 32107 Hwy 135, Gravois Mills, MO. Registration is from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. The meeting is at 6:00 pm. Visit www.NationalCrappieLeague.com for rules and registration information. For questions, contact Bobby@NationalCrappieLeague.com.


Contestants may use any public boat ramp available to all anglers.

Fishable Waters, Off-Limits, and Fishing Hours

All legal waters on Lake of the Ozarks may be fished. Off-limits is 4:00 pm on the day of the pre-tournament meeting. Fishing hours are 6:30 am to 2:00 pm.

Weigh-In Site

Weigh-in will be at Great American Campground & Dive Bar, 32107 Hwy 135, Gravois Mills, MO Contestants must be in weigh-in line by 3:00 pm.

Free Kids Rodeo

A free Kids Rodeo will be held on September 9, 2023, at Captain Ron’s on the Lake, 82 Aloha Lane, Sunrise Beach, MO. Registration is from 8:00 am to 9:00 am. Fishing is from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. This is for kids 12 and under, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Bring your pole and bait. Enjoy the fun and prizes.

Hosted By

The Lake of the Ozark Business District of Morgan County & Fun Lake Tourism welcomes all NCL anglers and their guests to the area. They invite everyone to enjoy the fishing and visit the area attractions. For more information, visit www.funlake.com or 800-fun-lake.

Host Lodging

Lake House Inn, 573-374-7744, www.lakehouseinnmotel.com

Captain Ron’s Waterfront Lodging 573-374-5852, www.captainronsonthelake.com

Deepwater Inn, 573-374-7228, www.thedeepwaterinnb.com

Local Partners

Lake of the Ozarks CVB; Business District of Camden & Miller County; Captain Ron’s; Great American Campground & Dive Bar; Frontier Metal; Lake House Inn; Versailles Chamber of Commerce; Lake Liquor & Tobacco; Town & County Supermarket; Deepwater Inn; Truck Country; KS 95.1 Radio; Lake TV; Veracruz Jr Mexican Restaurant; Bay Bridge Resort;

Chances R Restaurant; The Bank of Versailles; Hawthorn Bank Warsaw; Ozark Bait & Tackle; Walmart Supercenter Versailles; Bryant’s Osage Outdoors; Whiskey Dick’s Bar & Grill

National Sponsors

CarZone USA; Grenada Lake Resorts; Crappie Brakes; H&H Rods and Reels; Fisherman’s Haven; Power-Pole; Rockport Rattler; Outlaw Lithium Batteries; Pro Controll; O’Reilly Auto; Team Crappie; Everharts Outdoors; Ludwig Marine; Morris Marine; Charlie Brewer Slider; B’n’M Poles; Crappie Magnet; Jenko Fishing; Midsouth Super Jigs; SoreMouth Tackle; Quality Plumbing N Heating; Millennium Marine; Snacky Lures; CrappieNOW; Crappie.com; Pro DeZigns; Crappie Customs; Swamp Gear; Hook & Bullet; Slab Crazy Outdoors; OTH Fishing; Crappie Monster; Crappie Brakes; Quality Plumbing & Heating; Crappie Customs and Swamp Gear.

Upcoming Division 1 Events, 2023

Oct 7, Rough River Lake, Fall of Rough, KY

Oct 14, Lake D’Arbonne, Farmerville, LA

Upcoming Open Events, 2023

Dec 9-10, Lake D’Arbonne, Farmerville, LA

Wild Card Event, 2023

Oct 21-22, Barnett Reservoir, Ridgeland, MS

National Championship & Expo 2024

Feb 15-17, Ouachita River, Monroe/West Monroe, LA

Feb 16-18, Expo/Boat Show, Monroe Civic Center, Monroe, LA

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