Columbus Lake to Host the CUSA Classic
So we all know the CUSA Classic is on Columbus Lake. The Crappie101.com site is hosted out of Columbus Ms and as most of you know I live right here on the lake. First of all I welcome all of you tournament fisherman to the site and Columbus. I want to provide all the information we can to make your trip here fun. So we plan on creating a few maps with labels and try to provide all the information we can. Here are a few things to get you started. The tournament waters include Columbus Lake, Aliceville Lake and Aberdeen Lake. This is a river system with locks. It is about 25 miles from Columbus Lock to Aliceville lock and close to the same from Columbus to Aberdeen. If you decide to drive to either allow 40 min by road. Lock schedules are every 2 hours and I suggest you not depend on them to make weigh-ins so drive if you decide to change lakes.
Current plays a big role in fishing this River system just like any other so check the flow rates on the Columbus Lake page on this site.
Water temps in late September can vary greatly with weather and rain but you can expect 79 to 85.
This a river that has stained to muddy water conditions relative to most reservoirs. Heavy rains will make it muddy quickly and create heavy current.
There are a couple of places to buy minnows in Columbus. One is a Shell station on the Lock and Dam road and the other of Hwy 50.
We have both black and white crappiei with the white being the larger species on this system. We have large numbers of fish so success rates are very high. The winning weights for the last couple of tournaments have come from the Aberdeen lake but the Aliceville lake showed the larger fish in the latest creel surveys. One day fall tournaments have requires a weight of just under 10 pounds to win and Spring tournaments just over 10.5 pounds. Locals estimate this 2 day tournament will require right at 21 pounds to win.
This is meant to be just a start of information. Feel free to join the site and ask all the questions you would like. We have a large number of local fisherman on the site that will give answers and get you started in the right direction.