Crappie Tournament Coming to Manhattan in May

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters will hold a Tracker Series Divisional Tournament at Tuttle Creek Reservoir on Sunday, May 3, 2008.

Sponsored by Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau, this crappie tournament is expected to attract teams of anglers from throughout the Midwest.

Tuttle Creek Reservoir was chosen due to interest from crappie clubs in Kansas wanting a national event. Tuttle Creek is known for its large slab crappie, many of which weigh between 1.5 and 2 pounds.

A seminar and registration will be held Friday, May 2, 2008 at the Clarion Hotel, located on Ft. Riley Boulevard in Manhattan. Registration will be from 5-7 p.m. and the seminar will follow at 7. Tournament registration is open to anyone.

The day of the tournament, anglers will fish from 6:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The weigh-in will be held at the second-level parking lot above Wildcat Marina in Tuttle Creek’s Spillway State Park. All anglers must be in line by 3:30 p.m. The weigh-in will be open to the public.

A chance drawing for new truck for the public and anglers will be held by Dick Edwards Ford at the weigh-in. The Big-Fish contest will be sponsored by Seneca Wholesale Distributing and Flint Hill’s Beverage.
A kids’ fishing rodeo will be held in Tuttle Creek’s River Pond State Park at Willow Lake. The kids’ rodeo will be open to all children ages 12-and-under at no charge. Registration will be from 8-9 a.m. and fishing activities will follow from 9-11.

All participants should bring their pole and bait. Prizes and gifts will be available to all participants.

Local sponsors working to make the crappie tournament possible include Wildcat Marina, Valentino’s, Bob’s Diner, The Little Grill, Country Stampede, Dara’s Fast Lane, Derrick’s Bait N Tackle, Dick Edwards Ford, Manko Window Systems, Ole Mike’s Shooters Supply & Tackle, Super 8 Motel, Manhattan Broadcasting, Flint Hill’s Beverage, Chapman’s Fly Tackle Shop and the Clarion Hotel.

For more information on Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters tournament trail, visit www.crappiemasters.net or contact Bryan Wessler at (573) 280-4899 (crappiemasters.bryan@gmail.com) or Paul Alpers at (573) 280-8020.


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