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Local Fishermen take top prizes in Crappie USA

Special story from Crappie USA
Submitted to by Columbia/Adair County Tourism Commission

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 Cabela's Crappie USA Classic.

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.
Pro Division Results
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.

Columbians also take 3rd place

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 he goes to.

Amateur Division Results
Arnold and Kenny Patterson, both of Knifley, 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.

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."

This year's Cabela's Crappie classic will on Kentucky & Barkley Lakes at Paris, TN.

This story was posted on 2017-04-25 14:20:46
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