Catch the Day 1 and Day 2 replays of the Crappie USA Tournament at Grand Lake St. Marys below!

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Day 1

Day 2

Pictures From The Tournament


1st Place Pro Divison
Jason Koesters & Jake Hengstler
with host Russ Bailey


1st Place Amateur Divison
Jordan Fraley & Steve Wagner


Saturday morning’s Kids Rodeo


A team from northern Kentucky ready to weigh in!


Nice catch during the Kids Rodeo


Jason Koesters & His Father
After Winning the 2016 Crappie USA Super Event
at Grant Lake St. Marys

Thank you for making the 2016 Crappie USA Tournament at Grand Lake St. Marys a major success!



Press Release

Welcome Back Crappie USA Tournament!

NKTelco is bringing back the Crappie USA 2-Day Super Event to Grand Lake St. Marys April 15-16, 2016

Grand Lake St. Marys is back and thriving with activity! Crappie USA, the nation’s largest crappie fishing tournament series, is returning to Grand Lake St. Marys on April 15 and 16, 2016. This super event will bring fun for budding crappie enthusiasts and seasoned anglers alike.

BrushPile Fishing hosted by native Russ Bailey, is a popular show on World Fishing Network and, and he will host the event with Crappie USA. Together, we will have $10,000 in prizes and cash payback. Anglers that qualify, whether amateur or pro, will advance to qualify for the $100,000 worth of prizes at Cabela’s Crappie Classic held this fall on Kentucky Lake.

BrushPile Fishing is thrilled this event has gained so much recognition for Grand Lake St. Marys and would like to thank our major sponsors: Bud’s Chrysler, Bayview Sun & Snow, Lake Improvement Association, Reliable Tent Rental and Celina Eagles/Mercer County Civic Foundation.

Mark Piening, LIA Vice President said, “We are happy to support with BrushPile Fishing and bring Crappie USA back to Grand Lake St. Marys, which is one of the Midwest Ohio’s crappie fishing destinations. We make it our mission to promote lake recreation and solidify Grand Lake St. Marys’ reputation as a hotbed for sports fishing. This tournament will most definitely bolster local businesses.”

Preston Meyer stated, “BrushPile Fishing is excited at the response we have received by the business community and the anglers. Our popular fishing show will be involved and broadcasting portions of the tournament on WOSN and streaming on We film about 20 shows a year all over the USA and we know that Grand Lake St. Marys’ fishing is great. We want to promote that positive image.”