Indiana : IN-07 Turtle Creek Division

NEW FORMAT for the 2024 Season!! Weigh your fish on the water with a USA BASSIN supplied scale!!

Event Schedule

Date Lake Launch Ramp Time Results
04/20/2024Turtle Creek - New FormatMain Ramp7:00 am - 3:30 pmView
06/01/2024Turtle Creek - New FormatMain Ramp6:30 am - 3:00 pmView
06/22/2024Turtle Creek - New FormatMain Ramp7:00 am - 3:30 pmView
08/03/2024Turtle Creek - New FormatMain Ramp7:00 am - 3:30 pmN/A

Top Standings

Place Team Points
1 Mike Stoute / Jami Stoute297
1 Tommy Harrison / David Sacksteder297
3 Jeremy Stoute / Paul May289
4 Matt Deal / Dave Watson194
5 Brandon Orr / Fred Brust193
6 Jack Carmichael / Jesse Cullison122
6 Robert Weddle / Jr. Wilson122
8 Andy Hall / John Kramer100
9 Rusty Low / Jacob Low96
10 T.j. Lee / Jody Blackburn95
11 Robert Nero / Kenny Goff94
11 Merlin Hammer / Merlin Hammer Ill94
13 Pat Martin / Zeberiah Bickett93
14 Brock Sage / Brian Troyer50
14 David Shelton / Kaiden Shelton50
14 Jake Walters / Braxton Yeryar50
View All Standings

Red indicates a next generation team.
Blue indicates a coed team.

Contact Division Staff


Tommy Harrison
1638 E. County Rd. 90 North
Sullivan, IN 47882

Assistant Director

Dave Sacksteder





Turtle Creek Reservoir Regulations, Tournament Rules and Registration

***Please check this page prior to any tournament.   I will announce any changes or cancellations on here up until midnight the night before a scheduled tournament.***

Turtle Creek Reservoir - Merom Indiana

Last Updated  6/20/24

Interest in the regular 5 tournament Saturday series at Turtle Creek remains fairly low, with only a few boats expressing interest in showing for the majority of tournaments (1 - 20" fish per person).  So we are making a change. 

After some discussion, we've decided to hold a 4 tournament series this year, using a different format than we usually do.  We'll see how these tournaments go, and if there is interest in continuing this format in the future then we will look to do that as a regular 5 tournament series.  Originally we talked about doing this as an OPEN, but it will now be a normal series, USA Bassin' Membership required.

See below in the NEW FORMAT section for details.






Hello all, 

USA Bassin' Turtle Creek will start on April 20th, weather permitting.  Remember the Turtle Creek Lake Fee has gone up to $5.00 per person and must be paid by credit card or debit card only.  You must check in and pay at the gate house in order to be eligible to fishDo not arrive at the gate prior to 6:00 a.m.

Please read following information below.


NEW FORMAT: We will be trialing a new tourney format this year, weighing fish on the water with USA Bassin supplied scales. 

  • Boats will weigh their best 5 fish, no minimum length limit. 
  • Each boat will draw for a USA Bassin' provided scale at the registration/check-in.
  • Each fish must have a short video taken using your cell phone, showing the scale at 0, the fish hanging unobstructed from the scale, the weight, the scale's unique ID#, and a brief peak into the open mouth of the fish.  The video must also show the fish being released on the water.  Failure to log any one of these aspects for any fish will result in that fish not counting.
    • Turtle Creek has poor cell service.  This causes phones to naturally run lower on battery while they search for signal.  I highly encourage those who plan to fish this series to have a means to charge their phone on board the boat, whether you bring a power pack or use your boat's battery.  Failure to have a video for any fish caught will result in that fish not counting toward your team's total weight or Big Bass.  
  • At the end of the tournament, all fisherman will report back to the main gate house conference room, where we will total the weights, review footage, and award the winners.  Normal USA Bassin' payback applies. 
  • Entry fee is $65 including Big Bass.  $5 of this will go toward the purchase and maintaining of scales.  The rest of the payout will follow normal USA Bassin' payout.
  • Tournaments are limited to 10 boats, and pre-registration is encourgaged. Please send pre-registration checks to the address below, and state what team you will be fishing under (reference USA Bassin card / team#).  
    • If you are not a USA Bassin' member, please complete a New Member form and mail it along with your entry fee.  
    • Please give me your cell phone number as well in case I need to contact you.
  • I will keep track of the entries and up date them on this site.  Once 10 entries are received, I will keep all other entries in case of cancellation.  All entry checks that are unused will be destroyed.
    • CANCELLATIONS must be received by the Monday before on tournament week. Refunds after this cannot be guarenteed.
    • You are welcome to show up tournament morning for entry, but if the field is full, you won't be able to fish the tournament.
    • Per USA Bassin' rules, you must be at the ramp 30 min prior to launch.  If you are running late, please call me.  Otherwise another boat will be allowed to join in your place.  
    • If you preregister, still please come check in with me at the registration table immediately upon arrival.
  • A pre-tournament meeting will be held up by the gate house 30 minutes before tournament start.  This will be especially important for these new formats to go over all questions.  If necessary, we will start the tournament later than the stated time to ensure everyone is on the same page and knows how to use the scales. 

Inclement Weather: Turtle Creek is a large lake, and even moderate breezes can cause decent sized waves. The reservoir has a warning system that can be heard anywhere on the lake should conditions be unsafe. In the event this happens, you are to get to shore as quickly as not try to get to the boat ramp if conditions are unsafe to do so, however, this is your judgement. This is the only time where motors bigger than a 9.9 can be used at higher than idle speeds to get to shore/boat ramp.  It is possible for a tournament to be cancelled prior to start.  The lake is shut down for any 2 minute average of 20mph winds or more.  If the lake is shut down mid tournament, we will convene at the ramp (as soon as safe if you can't get there), and make a decision from there.  Tournaments are final after 4 hrs of fishing.  

Boats:  Boats must be 12' or greater in length due to lake rules.  No kayaks or canoes allowed. 

Motors: In good weather conditions, motors bigger than a 9.9 hp can be used, but only at idle speeds.  Please strickly adhere to this idle policy.  It is a privelage to use this lake for our tournaments and our ability to do so could be taken away quickly should our members not follow this policy. 

Gate at Day of Tournament: Please do not arrive to the reservoir prior to 45 minutes before the tournament starts. The gates will not be open until 5:45-6:00 a.m., and truck/trailers should not be lined up on the road outside of the gate...this poses a safety hazard.  The reservoir opens later than it used to, so if we have to, we may end up starting 6:30 start time tournaments at 7:00.



If you have any questions please feel free to give me a call.

Tommy Harrison   812-554-0578

1638 E. Co. Rd. 90 N.

Sullivan, IN  47882


4/20/24 Entries Received:


1.  Tommy Harrison/David Sacksteder 0546024

2.  Mike Stout / Jamie Stoute 0147324

3.  Matt Deal / Dave Watson 0546224

4.  Robert Weddle / JR Wilson 0146524

5.  TJ Lee / Jody Blackburn  0143724

6.  Jeremy Stoute / Bud May  0546124







6/1/24 Entries Received:

1. Tommy Harrison / David Sacksteder 0546024

2.  David Shelton / Kaiden Shelton 0150624

3.  Robert Weddle / JR Wilson 0146524

4.  Mike Stoute / Jamie Stoute 0147324

5.  Jack Carmichael / Jesse Cullison  0708524

6.  Robert Nero / Kenny Goff  0546324

7.  Pat Martin / Zeb Bickett  0150024

8.  Jeremy Stoute / Bud May  0546124

9.  Brandon Orr / Fred Brust  0149324

10.  Andy Hall / None None 0149424


6/22/24 Entries Received:

1. Tommy Harrison / David Sacksteder

2.  Jeremy Stoute / Bud May  0546124

3.  Jack Carmichael / Jesse Cullison  0708524

4.  Matt Deal / Dave Watson 0546224

5.  Mike Stoute / Jamie Stoute 0147324

6.  Merlin Hammer II / Merlin Hammer III  0048424

7.  Rusty Low / Jacob Low  0015124

8.  Brandon Orr / Fred Brust  0149324

9.  Jake Walters / Braxton Yeryar  0050024



8/3/24 Entries Received:

1. Tommy Harrison / David Sacksteder

2.  Mike Stoute / Jamie Stoute 0147324










  • 4/8 Bass: 6.5-7lbs

  • 4/8 Take off


Division Champions

  • 2024 Mike Stoute / Jami Stoute
  • 2022 Bill Russell / Andrew Russell
  • 2021 Tommy Harrison / David Sacksteder
  • 2020 Tommy Harrison / David Sacksteder

Season Standings

Tournament Winners

  • 06/22/2024 Tommy Harrison / David Sacksteder
  • 06/01/2024 Andy Hall / John Kramer
  • 04/20/2024 Mike Stoute / Jami Stoute
  • 08/06/2022 Mike Stoute / Jami Stoute
  • 06/18/2022 Mike Stoute / Jami Stoute
  • 04/16/2022 Marc Dewlen / Jon Logue
  • 07/31/2021 Anthony Morin / Garrett Sanders
  • 04/10/2021 Tommy Harrison / David Sacksteder
  • 08/15/2020 Mike Stoute / Jami Stoute
  • 05/30/2020 Mike Seals / Larry Reed
  • 07/13/2019 Mike Stoute / Jami Stoute
  • 06/08/2019 Tommy Harrison / David Sacksteder
  • 05/25/2019 Tommy Harrison / David Sacksteder
  • 04/13/2019 Scott Ham / Chris Reynolds
  • 03/09/2019 Bill Russell / Andrew Russell
  • 08/18/2018 Tommy Harrison / David Sacksteder
  • 07/28/2018 Larry Haag / Rex Webb
  • 06/09/2018 Tommy Harrison / David Sacksteder
  • 06/02/2018 Robert Burks / Kyle Taylor

Highest Season Weight

  • 2024 49.69 lbs. Mike Stoute / Jami Stoute
  • 2022 9.11 lbs. Mike Stoute / Jami Stoute
  • 2021 7.80 lbs. Tommy Harrison / David Sacksteder
  • 2020 5.63 lbs. Mike Stoute / Jami Stoute

Highest Winning Weight

  • 2024 20.44 lbs. Mike Stoute / Jami Stoute
  • 2022 5.63 lbs. Marc Dewlen / Jon Logue
  • 2021 7.80 lbs. Tommy Harrison / David Sacksteder
  • 2020 5.63 lbs. Mike Stoute / Jami Stoute

Lowest Winning Weight

  • 2024 18.03 lbs. Tommy Harrison / David Sacksteder
  • 2022 4.14 lbs. Mike Stoute / Jami Stoute
  • 2021 5.49 lbs. Anthony Morin / Garrett Sanders
  • 2020 4.95 lbs. Mike Seals / Larry Reed

Big Bass

  • 2024 6.70 lbs. Mike Stoute / Jami Stoute
  • 2022 5.63 lbs. Marc Dewlen / Jon Logue
  • 2021 7.80 lbs. Tommy Harrison / David Sacksteder
  • 2020 5.63 lbs. Mike Stoute / Jami Stoute

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