Commonwealth Journal


April 9, 2014

$100,000 Crappie USA Classic sccheduled October 16-18

Major tournament will spotlight Lake Cumberland

Somerset — Crappie USA Inc., America’s premier national crappie fishing tournament organization, will hold its prestigious $100,000 Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic on Lake Cumberland October 16-18.

This is a really, really big deal,” says Carolyn Mounce, executive director, Somerset-Pulaski Convention & Visitors Bureau. The Classic, hosted by the Convention & Visitors Bureau, will bring between 125-130 two-person fishing teams – about 260 fishermen – more than 40 percent of whom will bring their families, to Lake Cumberland this fall for a Thursday through Saturday fishing event. The fishermen are from more than 20 states.

It’s also really a big deal for fishermen who can win $100,000 in prizes, and two fully equipped Bass Boats will be given away, Mounce said.

“We want to fish on Lake Cumberland,” fishermen told Mounce when she spoke to a Crappie USA group at Paris Landing, Tenn., urging them to hold the Classic in the Somerset-Burnside area. Two qualifying events were held on Lake Cumberland in 2012 and 2013 while the lake level was still low.

“Fishermen spend money ... on tackle, bait and food,” said Mounce. “They will fill our motels and their families will shop at our stores. There is much more here than just the lake,” Mounce declared.

Mounce said Paris Landing, Tennessee had a $1.2 million boost in its economy from the Crappie USA Classic. “The event will have a huge, huge impact on this area’s economy,” she promised.

“Of course, the lake this fall will normally be lower than during summertime, but Classic fishermen are pre-fishing the lake now ... they are going to see a full lake,” said Mounce. Fishermen must qualify to fish in the Classic, and qualifying events will be held in 22 states prior to the big event here this fall.

Crappie USA held a qualifying event April 5 on Lake of the Ozarks at Osage Beach, Missouri. Anglers from different states were competing for not only cash and prizes, but a chance to advance to the prestigious Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic on Lake Cumberland. On April 26, another qualifying event will be held on Green River Lake in Taylor County near Campbellsville.

Lake Cumberland, for the first time in eight summers, will be at pool stage during the 2014 tourist season. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced March 25 that Lake Cumberland would immediately return to normal operation after being held about 40 feet below normal during rehabilitation of Wolf Creek Dam.

The lake is rising rapidly. At noon Wednesday, the water was at 715.80 feet above sea level, some 7 feet below the tree line at 723 feet. The water had risen about half a foot during the previous 48 hours.

Hungry crappie live in Lake Cumberland. Fifteen or 20 boats with two fishermen in each boat were observed at noon Wednesday west of the causeway leading to General Burnside Island State Park. During the past seven summers, this part of the lake surrounding the state park was bare ground.

Fishermen participating in the Classic may fish anywhere on the 101-mile-long lake, but they must return to the launching ramp at General Burnside Island State Park for weigh-in. Registration and Saturday night’s prize-awarding banquet both will be held at Beacon Hill Baptist Church.

The Crappie USA Classic is already paying off in publicity, Mounce said. The event has a two-page spread in 400,000 brochures distributed in 22 states and is currently being advertised on seven radio stations in the South and Southeast.

“The Classic is expensive to host, but no way could we have the money to generate the publicity about our lake they we’re getting from the Classic,” Mounce commented. She said Burnside is helping some with financing and local businesses will be contacted to assist with the sponsorship. Money from the state for tourism events has been drastically cut because of budgetary woes, she added.


Text Only
Local News
  • Rift over firefighter pay finally history

    Somerset officials are closing the books on a years-long disagreement between the city and the state labor cabinet over overtime pay and other benefits for firefighters and EMS workers. 

    July 31, 2014

  • eubank school1.jt.jpg New cafeteria coming soon to Eubank Elementary

    Students at one elementary school in northern Pulaski County will be taking their lunches in the classroom for a bit while construction to its cafeteria continues. 

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • BURNSIDE LODGE-TURNER FOTO.jpg Turner to meet with commissioner on Burnside Island

    A state representative unhappy over secrecy surrounding possible privatization of General Burnside Island State Park said he will respond positively to an invitation to meet with Elaine Walker, commissioner of Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Ca

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

Local Sports

Somerset resident David Zwick won the USAT Duathlon National Championship in his 75-79 year-old age division. Zwick won the sprint event (2-mile run, 13-mile bike, 2-mile run) and finished second in the standard duathlon (3-mile run, 20-mile bike and 3-mile run).

Counting Crows.JPG

Adam Duritz (left) and Counting Crows

  • Duritz: ‘I like playing festivals’

    July 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • brass band.jpg Brass band sound coming to Pulaski County

    A new sound is blowing into Somerset — and is hoping to attract some of the town’s top brass. Literally.

    May 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Cory Paints.jpg Autistic man expresses himself through art

    Take a walk down the main hallway of the Stoner Building on the campus of Somerset Community College starting in April, and you might think you’re surrounded by a gorgeous array of storyboards for Disney Pixar films: Brightly colored animals romping about in lavish jungle scenes, the kind of thing likely to bring a smile to any child’s face.

    March 29, 2014 1 Photo

News Live
Pulaski-Southwestern basketball doubleheader

Check out more action photos at

AP Video
Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide