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FLW ANNOUNCES 2017 FLW COLLEGE FISHING SCHEDULE, RULES, ENTRY DATES

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

(Sep 29, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN)  FLW announced Thursday the schedule, rules and entry dates for the 2017 FLW College Fishing season, highlighted by the 2017 College Fishing National Championship on Wheeler Lake in Rogersville, Alabama and the third annual FLW College Fishing Open on Kentucky Lake.

Among the changes for 2017 is the addition of one extra qualification into the 2018 FLW College Fishing National Championship for every 10 boats competing over 100 boats in regular-season qualifying Events and an extra qualifier for every 10 boats over 200 boats in the FLW College Fishing Open. FLW College Fishing has no limit on the number of teams your club can enter into each tournament and no off-limits period prior to the regular-season qualifiers or the FLW College Fishing Open.

“The growth and success of our college fishing program over the past eight seasons has been tremendous,” said Kevin Hunt, FLW College Fishing tournament director. “Due to the record number of participants that have been competing in our college tournaments we have made the decision to add the additional National Championship qualifiers to tournaments that surpass 100 boats in the regular-season and 200 boats in the College Fishing Open. We are excited for 2017, and I am confident it will be our biggest and best College Fishing season yet.”

2017 FLW College Fishing Schedule:

FLW College Fishing OPEN
April 7-8                                 Kentucky Lake                     Gilbertsville, Ky.  

Central Conference
April 1                                    Lake of the Ozarks              Osage Beach, Mo.
May 20                                   Kentucky/Barkley lakes      Gilbertsville, Ky.
Oct. 7                                      Mississippi River                  Prairie du Chien, Wis.

Northern Conference
April 29                                  Smith Mountain Lake         Huddleston, Va.  
July 22                                   Chautauqua Lake                               Bemus Point, N.Y.
Sept. 9                                   Lake Erie                               Sandusky, Ohio
 
Southeastern Conference
Jan. 14                                   Lake Seminole                    Bainbridge, Ga.
Feb. 25                                  Lake Guntersville                Guntersville, Ala.
March 18                               Lake Hartwell                       Hartwell, Ga.
 
Southern Conference
Feb. 4                                     Sam Rayburn Reservoir     Zavalla, Texas
May 6                                     Fort Gibson Lake                 Wagoner, Okla.
Sept. 23                                 Red River                              Bossier City, La.

Western Conference
Feb. 11                                  Lake Havasu                        Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
May 13                                   California Delta                   Bethel Island, Calif.
Sept. 30                                 Clear Lake                            Lakeport, Calif.  

FLW College Fishing National Championship
May 31-June 2                     Wheeler Lake                       Rogersville, Ala.
June 3 – FISH-OFF             Wilson Lake                          Florence, Ala.

Complete rules can be found online at FLWFishing.com.

Registration for the 2017 season opens Dec. 12, 2016, for teams from clubs represented in the 2016 FLW College Fishing National Championship. All other teams may register beginning Dec. 13, 2016. You can register at FLWFishing.com or by calling 270.252.1000.

College Fishing is free to enter. All participants must be registered, full-time students at a college, university or community college and members of a college fishing club that is recognized by their school.

About FLW
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2016 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 235 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros.