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ACT Championship heads to D’Arbonne

The 2021 American Crappie Trail’s National Championship is only a few weeks away. Some of the top crappie anglers in the country will be competing in the three-day event March 24-26, 2022 on Lake D’Arbonne in Farmerville.

It takes a lot of time, talent and effort to qualify for the nationals and the pros will be hitting D’Arbonne at a good time with the spawn probably in full swing. Most of the anglers are no stranger to D’Arbonne, having fished in major tournaments on several circuits here. But the National Championship carries a little more presige and a little more cash for the winners as well. It’s a high stakes event. Entry fee even after qualifying is $618 per team, according to ACT’s website.

The anglers will begin weighing in at 3:30 p.m. each day, the first two days at Rhett’s and the finals Saturday will be held in downtown Farmerville on the Courthouse Square at 4:30 pm. There are a lot of special activities, food and other festivities planned for the weigh in. On the final day, the field will be cut down to the top 25 teams. Number of teams entered and the planned payout for the championship has not been announced. The championship was held on D’Arbonne in 2019 with more than $100,000 in cash and prizes awarded.

The lake is off limits to anglers fishing the event from March 14 – 20th and official practice is March 21-23. The Louisiana State Tourism Commission, Town of Farmerville, Union Parish Police Jury, Union Parish Chamber and the Union Parish Tourism Commission are sponsoring the event.

ACT will be back in the area for a regular season tournament on the Ouachita River out of Monroe-West Monroe in April.

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