Crappie USA brings fishermen from around the state to Barren River Lake

   Twenty-seven entries registered Friday night for Saturday’s Crappie USA qualifier tournament for a birth in the annual Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic. Only about half had fished Barren River Lake before Friday’s practice.
   Among those registering Friday night were entries from Glasgow, a husband-wife entry from Albany, and a father-son entry from Murray.

Tommy Wray, Todd Logsdon

Tommy Wray, Todd Logsdon

Tommy Wray, Todd Logsdon
   Tommy Wray and Todd Logsdon of Glasgow are participants in their first Crappie USA tournament. Both have fished Barren River Lake for many years- Logsdon for 15+ years and Ray for 30+ years.
   “I am an avid Crappie fisherman,” Logsdon said. “Barren River is full of healthy Crappie. It reminds me of a little version of Kentucky Lake.”
   “The Crappie we caught today (during practice) were small, but the numbers are there,” Wray said.

Todd Simmons, Danny Simmons

Todd Simmons, Danny Simmons

Todd Simmons, Danny Simmons
   Todd Simmons and Danny Simmons of Glasgow are participating in their first Crappie USA tournament.     However, they have been fishing pretty much all of their lives, but together for the past 5-6 years.
   “We know where a lot of the hides are,” said Todd, when asked about their advantage of Barren River Lake being their home lake. “We have GPS of over 300 hides.”
   “We will use jiggs and a tight line, because that is all we know,” said Danny. “We will only use one rod and reel each.”

Billy, Jean Boswell

Billy, Jean Boswell

Billy, Jean Boswell
   Billy and Jean Boswell of Albany are regular participants in Crappie USA tournaments. In fact, they rank #10 in points.
   This husband-wife team has been fishing together for 15 years and together for over 50 years.
   Jean admits that Billy is the better fisherman. And, Billy admits that Jean is the better netter.
   However, Jean did confess that she will bait a hook, but she won’t take the fish off. “Billy does that for me,” she said. 

Doyle, Sonny Milby
Doyle, Sonny Milby

Doyle, Sonny Milby
   Doyle and Sonny Milby of Murray have been fishing Crappie USA tournaments for the past three years, and have already qualified for the Cabela’s Crappie USA Classic.
   This father-son team qualified with a catch of 29.72 lbs. in Grenada, Miss.   
   “(Barren River Lake) is a beautiful lake,” said Doyle, after Friday’s practice. “It has potential for a lot (of Crappie).”
   “We enjoy fishing the Crappie USA tournaments. (The fishermen) are a good bunch of people,” said Sonny.     
      

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