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2016 Tournament Results

Lake:Cherokee Lake, Morristown, TN

Crappie USA Tournament Results For Cherokee Lake at Morristown, Tennessee

Cherokee Lake played host to the 2016 Crappie USA qualifying event this past Saturday, April 2, where several teams came to compete not only for the cash and prizes, but a chance to advance to the prestigious Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic. This year's classic will be held October 27 – 29, 2016 on Kentucky & Barkley Lakes at Paris, Tennessee. High winds forced anglers to limited fishable waters during the week, however tournament day proved to have a pretty good bite in the morning hours, until the winds picked up again in the afternoon on one of the oldest of the Tennessee Valley Authority reservoirs.

Pro Division Results

The Hickory, North Carolina team of Randy Pope and Steven Deitz took first place with a total weight of 9.39 pounds. The team shot boat docks in 12-40 feet of water while catching their fish with Little Fishie chartreuse and a new glo color named after Randy. Pope and Deitz had a good number of keepers and non keepers for the day all around the lake. The team took home a check for $1000.00.

Scott Bunch and Neal Alvis finished in second place with a weight of 7.68 pounds. The Morristown, Tennessee fished the mid section of Cherokee Lake around the bridge, targeting brush in various depths and shooting docks. Even with the high winds pushing through a cold front the team were still able to land 50 fish for the day using mostly AWD and Crappie Magnet Baits. Scott and Neal received a check for $600.00 and won the $250.00 Ranger Cup Bonus.

In third place was Tim Davis of Crab Orchard, Tennessee and Tom Vinette of Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania weighing in at 5.87 pounds and earning $400.00. The team fished the South end of the 59 mile long Cherokee Lake pitching jigs in 25 feet of water. Tim and Tom said color of bait was not important, as they caught their 31 fish using several different colors for the day.

Joe and Janette Carter took fourth place in the Pro Division with a weight of 3.01 pounds. The Carter's trolled in various areas of the lake using chartreuse Road Runner jigs to land over 30 fish on Saturday. The Gilbert, South Carolina team won the Talon Bonus of $250.00.

Fifth place went to the team of Chuck Collier and Brian Townsend, both of Kingston, Tennessee. The team had Big Fish of the day weighing 2.02 pounds and earning $120.00.

Amateur Division Results

What better way to celebrate your anniversary than by fishing and winning first place in the Crappie USA amateur division? That's exactly what Robert and Teresa Massey did this weekend! The Sunsect Team fished the Poor Valley area, trolling in 10 feet of water using chartreuse Garland jigs to catch close to 100 fish for the day. The Somerset, Kentucky team weighed in at 5.98 pounds and took home a check for $600.00 and won the $200.00 Driftmaster Bonus. Happy Anniversary Robert and Teresa! We are thrilled that you chose to spend your special day fishing our tournament.

In second place was Michael Wilson of Lexington, Kentucky and Russell Thompson of Pineville, Kentucky with a total weight of 4.92 pounds and earning $300.00. The less than favorable weather conditions couldn't stop this team from landing over 150 fish on Saturday. Michael and Russell fished the Poor Valley area in 6-10 feet of water, trolling with black/blue and pink/white jigs.

Taking third place was the adult/youth team of William and Luke Houston of Thorn Hill, Kentucky weighing in at 2.46 pounds. The team also fished the Poor Valley area, catching well over 100 fish for the day using chartreuse jigs. William and Luke were trolling in 12 feet of water and took home a check for $200.00.

Even with lake level drop and chilly conditions, Zane Kirkpatrick of Whitesburg, Tennessee won the Crappie USA Kayak Division with 2 fish measuring 21 inches.

Congratulations to all the teams fishing this event. For a complete list of tournament standings and downloadable photos for this event visit www.crappieusa.com then go to Tournament Results.

Crappie USA Free Kids Fishing Rodeo

In conjunction with the tournament Crappie USA held their Kids Rodeo on Saturday morning. They caught a lot of fish and all the participants signed up for a chance to win one of 6-$1,000.00 scholarships to be drawn for at the Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic.

Crappie USA and our anglers have contributed nearly $334,000.00 to the “Crappie Kids” Scholarships since 1997. We are very proud to be a part of the education process for the youngsters who participate in our tournaments as adult/youth teams and those who fish in the Crappie USA “Kids Fishing Rodeos”.

Saturday saw temperatures in the high 40's with 25mph winds in the morning, increasing to 40mph in the afternoon. The water had dropped one foot this week lending the least favorable conditions of any location this season. Even so, Cherokee Lake and its 463 miles of shoreline and surrounding gentle, rolling hills and beautiful, peaceful country landscape attracts over 2.5 million visitors annually.

A Special thanks to Morristown area Chamber of Commerce for hosting the event this weekend. They worked hard in preparing for the event and simply could not control the weather conditions on the lake this weekend.

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, Johnson Fishing, Digital EFX Wraps, Gill Rainwear and AWD Baits.

The following companies furnish product to help make these events possible: Kodiak Fish Attractants, Rigrap and Keep Alive.


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