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Crappie University Non-Credit Program

Five crappie fishing experts will share their strategies with Knoxville-area anglers in a non-credit Crappie University course.

The course will be held on Thursday evenings from Feb. 8 to March 1, at the UT Conference Center, 600 Henley St., in downtown Knoxville.

Hours are 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. each week.

The registration fee is $89 and covers all course materials, including samples of crappie lures. The course is open to anglers of all levels of experience.

Registration is available at or by calling 865-974-0150.

The instructors of Crappie University are crappie pros and guides who have developed these cutting-edge techniques through trial and error.

Session #1 on Feb. 8: “Pulling Crankbaits, Long-Line Trolling, and Shooting Docks for Slabs”

Instructor: Kent Driscoll of Nolensville, Tennessee, has been an avid crappie angler for more than 30 years and been fishing competitively for the species for over 15 years. His favorite technique is pulling crankbaits to catch summertime slabs. He’s mastered the process, beginning with the gear he uses to knowing exactly what the ideal conditions are that he’s looking for.

Session #2 on Feb. 15: “Shallow or Deep? Crappie Fishing from Top to Bottom”

Instructors: Neal Alvis was born and raised in East Tennessee near the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and the headwaters of the Tennessee river system. He's a life-long fishing enthusiast with a passion for competitive crappie fishing. He employs several techniques from shooting docks to spider rigging, and everything in between.

Scott Bunch of Morristown, Tennessee, has enjoyed numerous years of competitive crappie fishing at the local and national level. He competed in the Crappie USA Trail with multiple wins and top 5 finishes among various lakes in the Southeast. He's a versatile angler that relies on a wide arsenal of techniques to adapt to the different seasons and varying lake conditions encountered on his travels in and out of state.

Session #3 on Feb. 22: “The 3 Ws of Long-Line Trolling: Why, When, and Where?”

Instructor: Troy Basso was born in Michigan but now lives in Middle Tennessee where he is a professional angler and guide. He’s a lifelong hunter and angler whose passion for the outdoors has resulted in a related career. He writes for numerous mainstream fishing and outdoors magazines. 

Session #4 on March 1: “Targeting Docks and Solving ‘Where Did the Fish Go?’”

Instructor: Lee Pitts is a full-time guide that spends countless hours on some of northeast Alabama’s best-known crappie lakes. He is one of the country’s true masters of the presentation known as “dock shooting.” Pitts shares his knowledge of how to practice the technique to achieve accuracy, what to look for in “targets,” and where you can apply the skill beyond just fishing around docks.


Thursday, March 1, 2018 at 7:30pm to 9:30pm

UT Conference Center, Fourth Floor 600 Henley St.

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