Monday, January 23, 2017

Crappie Masters 2017: What you need to know

Written by: Molly Coleman, Marketing Assistant 

Lincoln Parish and Union Parish have partnered again for the 2017 Crappie Masters Louisiana State Championship Tournament on Lake D'Arbonne in Farmerville, Louisiana! Interested in participating or cheering on your favorite fishermen (or fisherwomen!), read below for everything you need to know! 

Ruston, LA and Lincoln Parish invites you to come join the Crappie Masters Tournament. A place where friends and families crappie fish for fun, with the spice of competition! 

Who: Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters All American Tournament Trail, the nation's premiere crappie fishing tournament

What: Crappie fishing tournament for anglers of all skill levels

When: February 24 & 25, 2017

Where: Lake D'Arbonne in Farmerville, LA

Cost: Entry Fee - $325.00

How to Register: Click here for the necessary forms to mail in or choose the online entry form. To register over the phone, call (660) 351-4187. Late fee applies after February 10th.

Host Hotels in Ruston:

Comfort Inn
1951 North Service Rd E 
Ruston, LA 71270

Days Inn
1801 N Service Rd E
Ruston, LA 71270

Prizes: Payback is based upon how many entries the tournament receives, Crappie Master's pay back 100% of the entry fees plus additional bonus monies.

Based on expected amount of boats entered, $30,000 in cash and prizes will be paid back, predicting first place would be around $6,000 cash.

There are additional prizes for the highest placing Male/Female team and for the the highest placing Adult/Youth team.

Previous Winners: 
2016 Winners: Terry Richard and Casey Raynor

2015 Winners: Jay Stone and John Godwin 

Kids Tournament: All children, ages 0-15, are invited to participate in a FREE Kids Fishing Rodeo at all scheduled Crappie Masters qualifying tournaments. Click here for the necessary form to enter youth into the kids rodeo. All kids will be entered into a drawing for the Youth Scholarship Fish-Off held at the Crappie Masters National Championship and are known to be awarded more than $5,000 in scholarship monies annually.

Remember: Late Fee - $25.00 after Feb 11

More info: All this information and more can be found at or by calling their office at 660-351-4187.

We welcome all to come enjoy, compete and win prizes in tourist location while striving to promote, enhance, and preserve our outdoor heritage, specifically crappie fishing. We're excited to have local and visiting anglers with their friends and family in Ruston, LA. For more things to do while you're in town, visit

Molly is an original native of Mississippi and a proud current resident of Ruston, LA! Molly is a coffee addict and a self-proclaimed foodie. She loves running, traveling and college football. Molly is passionate for local charm and bringing others to love #RustonLA. 

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