|The National Crappie League (NCL) heads to Elmore County, Alabama for an Open Division tournament on March 4-5, 2023, where competitors will fish for cash, prizes, and an opportunity to qualify for the NCL National Championship March 2024.
Paybacks will be 100% or more, guaranteed. All anglers are eligible to compete in NCL’s Open Division. This is a two-day tournament with a guaranteed minimum of $20,000 payback. Big Fish pays $1000. The highest-placing senior, adult/youth and male/female teams will be awarded at this event.
The Alabama River is known for its diverse fishing opportunities, from shallow water in bays to deep water, creeks, and structure along the main river channel. Historically, these waters produce a 2.5-plus pound big fish. If water conditions are good, for five fish, expect to see 12-pound-plus weights on the leader board.
Registration deadline is February 24. To see rules, regulations, and to register for the tournament, visit www.NationalCrappieLeague.com and submit your registration information. For questions, contact [email protected]com
A pre-tournament meeting will be held the day before the tournament at Millbrook Civic Center, 3650 Grandview Rd Millbrook AL 36054, with sign-in at 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and the meeting at 6:00 pm. Fishing times will be given during the meeting.
Fishable Waters, Off-Limits and Practice
South of Hwy 14, Gold Star Park Bridge on the Coosa River, and the West Side of the Hwy 231 Bridge on the Tallapoosa River south to Jones Bluff Dam. Practice is Feb 25 to March 3 until 4:30 pm. Off Limits is February 18 thru February 24.
The tournament weigh-in will be held at Cooters Pond Park, Cooters Pond Road, Prattville, AL. The times will be given at the tournament meeting.
Free Kids Rodeo
A free Kids Rodeo will be held March 4, at Cooters Pond Road, Prattville, AL. Registration from 8:00 am- 9:00 am. Fishing is 9:00 am to 11:00 am. This is for kids 12 and under, accompanied by parent or guardian. Bring your pole and bait. Enjoy the fun and prizes.
Sponsor and Host Lodging
Elmore County, Economic Development Authority, would like to welcome all NCL anglers and their guests to the area. We hope everyone enjoys the fishing and visits the area attractions. For more information on the area, visit www.elmoreeda.com. Host Hotel is the Hampton Inn, 2590 Cobbs Ford Road, Prattville, AL. 334-285-6767.
National NCL sponsors include: Car Zone USA; CrappieMonster; H&H Rods & Reels; Power Pole; Rockport Rattler; Outlaw Lithium Batteries; Pro Controll; Blakemore Lures; Millennium Marine; Charlie Brewer Slider; BnM Poles; Jenko Fishing; Everharts Outdoors; Crappie.com; Soremouth Tackle; Team Crappie; CrappieNOW
Upcoming Open Events for 2023
April 7-8, Lake of the Ozarks, Camdenton, MO
May 6-7, Ouachita River, West Monroe, LA
June 3-4, Sardis Lake, Sardis, MS
June 24-25, Toledo Bend, Many, LA
Dec 9-10, Lake D’Arbonne, Farmerville, LA
Upcoming Division 1 Events for 2023
April 1, Weiss Lake, Centre, AL
May 13, Salamonie & Mississinewa, Wabash, IN
August 12, Truman Lake, Clinton, MO
Sept 9, Lake of the Ozarks, Gravois Mills-Laurie, MO
Oct 7, Rough River Lake, Fall of Rough, KY
Oct 14, Lake D’Arbonne, Farmerville, LA
National Championship & Expo
March 2024 TBA