Outdoor Kids LLC held a Teens Crappie Fishing For Scholarships on Truman Lake June 13, 2020. Sponsored by Crappie USA, Mid-State Seed, Frontier Metal, Allegro Marinade, the tournament was filmed for later airing on the Pursuit Channel and hosted by National Champion Paul Alpers. The Teens Fishing For Scholarships program is unique and a totally sponsored event where there is no entry fee for the teams and youth can win scholarship money for trade school or college.
The weather offered a good day of fishing on Truman lake with sunny conditions and light winds. Temperatures climbed as the day went on reaching the 90 degree mark. Lake levels were being lowered off and on which gave the anglers more of a challenge during the week.
Fishing was good as all participants weighed in a full limit of 5 live crappie and most teams reported catching 20-45 fish during the day. When it was all said and done, it was a day for the female angler as three of them were in the top four teams.
Dalton Gorham took first place overall and first place big fish weighing in 7.81 lbs and a 1.69 lb crappie. Dalton won $2,500 in scholarships and $300 cash for big fish. An anonymous person donated $400.00 cash for the top two big fish anglers.
Dalton took his second victory at Truman Lake having won the 2019 tournament. He fished alone on the upper Osage arm of Truman, single poling using a 11 foot Brush Buster rod, gold/chartreuse jig and a live scope. He fished 6-7 foot deep in 15 foot waters. The talented young angler spoke to the crowd on the benefits of live scope, putting the time in on the water and his favorite Ozark poles.
Second place was Baylea Anderson from Osceola High School with a total of 7.06 lbs. She also fished without a teammate. Baylea was fishing off the trees on the Osage and some underlying structure when fishing in the middle of the Osage using hair jigs. She stated she covered all of the Osage. She won $2,000.00 in scholarships for her excellent weight.
Lexie Thomas took third place with 6.71 lbs and took second big fish with a 1.60 lb crappie. Lexie fished the upper and middle Grand arm in 8-15 foot waters. She too used LiveScope and Kevin Roger Poles. She was questioned by Paul Alpers on the self talk she was doing while being filmed. She went on to explain she was doing self pep talks about getting another 1.5 lb. fish. The Raymore Peculiar High School’s student’s strategy and abilities paid off, as she earned $1,500.00 in scholarships for third and $100 in cash for second big fish.
Fourth place went to Sherwood High School’s Kelsi Mainard and Peirce Levsen. The team fished the upper Grand arm using 10 foot poles and beaver bottom jigs . The anglers each won $1,000.00 in scholarship money.
Jeffrey Hollabaugh and Eddie Withers took the final scholarship prizes placing fifth. The Sacred Heart High School students were the only team slow trolling and also used LiveScope. They weighed in 5.57 lbs, each taking home $1,000.00 in scholarship.
The next Teens fishing for scholarships tournaments are September 19, 2020 on Kentucky Lake and October 10, 2020 on Lake of the Ozarks. All kids in the appropriate age group, from any state may fish the events.
Special thanks to our national sponsors, Crappie USA, Frontier Metals, Mid-State Seed, Allegro Marinade, Power-Pole, Everharts Outdoors, Charlie Brewer’s Slider, Ozark Rods, Mid South Tackle, Engel Coolers, Pro Dezigns, Crappie Magnet and Bobby Garland Baits.
Local Sponsors for the Truman Lake tournament are: Bucksaw Marina & Resort, Clinton Tourism Association, Nee Nee’s Italian Restaurant, Walmart, KDKD 95.3 Radio, Lake TV, Compass Health, Stump Jumper Series Products, Truman Lake Marina & Power Sports LLC, Benton County Tire & Supply, Oak Star Bank, Sluggers Service, Dietz Family Buffet, Everharts Outdoor Store LLC, Cody’s Guide Service (Bait & Tackle), Hawthorne Bank and El Camino Real Mexican Food.