Crappie Masters teamed up with the Kentucky Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol for the 2016 Kentucky/Tennessee State Championship on Kentucky and Barkley Lakes. Sixty nine teams from ten different states took part in this two day total weight tournament that stretched out well over two thousand miles of shoreline. Cold fronts, rain, and heavy winds were heavy factors in the outcome with several teams struggling to find productive fishable waters. In the end, one team stood tall and took home the hardware and thousands in prize money.
Smith and Elliot Dowdy weighed in a two day total of 24.29 pounds to become first time winners and the 2016 Kentucky/Tennessee State Champions. The Champions took home a check for $6914.00 which included a $500.00 bonus, donated by the Missouri Corn Growers Association and American Ethanol, for using E10 gasoline in their boat plus a check for $414.00 for catching the second big crappie of the tournament at 2.42 pounds and two 10' Jenko HyperSense rods. Smith and Dowdy are sponsored by Cannon Packaging.