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College fishing tournament schedule announced

December 02, 2011 at 04:18 PM

Prairie State Outdoors

From FLW Outdoors:

FLW has announced the 2012 National Guard FLW College Fishing schedule along with paybacks, rules and entry information.

Collegiate anglers can begin registering at 10 a.m., Dec. 12, Central time at

Next season college clubs will receive 100 percent of the payout at qualifying and regional events.

The payout for qualifying tournaments will be $5,000 for first place down to $1,000 for fifth place.

At the regional championships, the first-place team will win a Ranger 177TR equipped with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard engine, and fifth place will win $3,000.

The national champions will win a prize package worth $100,000 – $50,000 plus a Ranger 177TR equipped with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard engine for the bass club and $25,000 for the school they represent.

For complete payout tables and a map of updated regions, visit

Tournaments are free to enter, and teams will continue to receive travel allowances based on the distance traveled to the tournament.

Teams are allowed to bring five fish to weigh-in, regardless of which team angler caught them.

Every effort must be made to keep bass alive.

However, if a fish is checked in dead, an 8-ounce penalty will be deducted from the team’s total weight.

College Fishing consists of five divisions – Central, North, West, South and Southeast.

Each division will consist of four one-day qualifying tournaments and a regional championship.

The regional championship dates and locations will be announced at a later time.

        Date                 Tournament Site             Location                    
        March 3             Table Rock Lake             Kimberling City, Mo.         
        May 12               Kentucky Lake               Gilbertsville, Ky.             
        June 24*            Lake Shelbyville             Shelbyville, Ill.               
        July 28               Mississippi River             La Crosse, Wis.
        June 16             Kerr Lake                     Henderson, N.C.             
        July 21               Lake Champlain             Plattsburgh, N.Y.           
        Aug. 5*              Tanner’s Creek               Lawrenceburg, Ind.         
        Aug. 18             1000 Islands                 Clayton, N.Y.
        Jan. 21               Lake Okeechobee           Okeechobee, Fla.           
        March 24             Lake Seminole               Bainbridge, Ga.             
        April 21             Santee Cooper               Manning, S.C.
        May 5               Lake Guntersville             Guntersville, Ala.
        Feb. 4               Lake Amistad               Del Rio, Texas
        Feb. 26*            Sam Rayburn                 Lufkin, Texas
        April 1*              Lake Eufaula                 Eufaula, Okla.
        June 2               Toledo Bend                 Many, La.
        Jan. 28               Lake Shasta                 Redding, Calif.
        Feb. 25             Lake Havasu                 Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
        March 31             California Delta               Oakley, Calif.
        April 28             Clear Lake                   Lakeport, Calif.
National Championship
        April 13-15           Lake Murray                 Columbia, S.C.

*Sunday tournament

      Next year’s National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship will be held April 13-15, 2012, on Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C., and will be hosted by the University of South Carolina. The winning team will qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing, which will be held Aug. 9-12, 2012, on Lake Lanier in Duluth, Ga.

      To be eligible to compete, students must be enrolled as full-time undergraduates at a four-year institution on the date of the tournament or the preceding semester in the case a tournament is held during summer session. There is no entry fee and boats are provided, although a club may choose to use its own boat. Each qualifying event will accept up to 40 teams, with the top five teams advancing to their respective regional championship. The top five teams from each regional championship advance to the national championship.

      For additional details regarding rules, registration, prizes and more, visit

        For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow College Fishing on Facebook at and on Twitter at Visit to sign up or to start a club at your school.

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