(Oct 10, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN)
FLW announced Monday the schedule, rules and entry dates for the 2018 YETI FLW College Fishing season, highlighted by the internationally televised College Fishing National Championship on the Red River in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the fourth annual FLW College Fishing Open on Kentucky Lake.
Among the changes for 2018 is the addition of a BFL prize package for the runner-up of the College Fishing National Championship Fish-off. After the national champions are crowned on the Red River, the winning team will then compete against each other in a one-day fish-off in which the winner will receive entry into the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup. The runner-up will now receive free entry as a boater or co-angler into the BFL division of his or her choice.
“Every year it seems that FLW College Fishing gets a little bit bigger and a little bit better,” said Kevin Hunt, FLW College Fishing tournament director. “We’re excited to return to some familiar lakes in 2018 but also visit some new fisheries, like Lake Cayuga in New York and the Mississippi River in Wabasha, Minnesota. The extra incentive with the addition of the BFL prize package to the National Championship winner’s prize package will be extremely coveted by college anglers. We are looking forward to another tremendous season and excited to kick it off in January on Sam Rayburn.”
2018 FLW College Fishing Schedule:
FLW College Fishing OPEN
• March 6-7 Kentucky Lake Gilbertsville, Ky.
• April 28 Kentucky/Barkley lakes Gilbertsville, Ky.
• July 28 Mississippi River Wabasha, Minn.
• Sept. 29 Lake of the Ozarks Osage Beach, Mo.
• April 21 Smith Mountain Lake Huddleston, Va.
• July 21 Lake Cayuga Seneca Falls, N.Y.
• Sept. 8 Lake Erie Sandusky, Ohio
• Feb. 10 Lake Seminole Bainbridge, Ga.
• March 3 Lake Guntersville Guntersville, Ala.
• May 5 Lake Chickamauga Dayton, Tenn.
• Jan. 13 Sam Rayburn Reservoir Zavalla, Texas
• April 7 Lake Texoma Pottsboro, Texas
• Oct. 27 Ouachita River Monroe, La.
• Feb. 10 Lake Havasu Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
• May 12 Clear Lake Lakeport, Calif.
• Sept. 29 California Delta Bethel Island, Calif.
FLW College Fishing National Championship
• May 31-June 1 Red River Bossier City/Shreveport, La.
• June 2 – FISH-OFF TBA
Complete rules can be found online at FLWFishing.com.
Registration for the 2018 season opens Dec. 11, 2017, for teams from clubs represented in the 2017 FLW College Fishing National Championship. All other teams may register beginning Dec. 12, 2017. 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.
FLW College Fishing teams compete in three regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top ten teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual FLW College Fishing Open will advance to the following year’s FLW College Fishing National Championship. Additional teams will qualify for the National Championship if the field size in regular-season events exceeds 100 boats or 200 boats in the Open. The 2018 YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship is on the Red River, May 31-June 2, and hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission & Red River Waterway Commission.
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 2017 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 258 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.